SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter Inc. keeps it simple, even when it comes to updating the legalese in its terms of service.
As part of changes made Thursday, Twitter translated some of the jargon into plain language, to lessen the chances that its users might get the wrong idea about what was happening.
In particular, Twitter wanted to leave no doubt that the short messages that people post on their profiles will always be their own, even though the San Francisco-based company eventually may try to profit from the "tweets" by allowing ads on the service.
Facebook’s terms of service (TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore.
Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later.* Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want.
I find it ironic that many proponents of corporate social responsibility/sustainability are clearly choosing against this preference by using Facebook so extensively, even though there are other social networking tools out there without such a dubious approach to privacy rights.