Twitter Can Use Anything You Post (and So Can We)
Remember the old saying, "Be careful what you post on social media"? Now you have to be even more cautious because what you rant in 160 characters could blow up all over the Internet—legally. Check it. It's in the fine print.
Twitter has updated their new terms of service and the Internet is outraged. One paragraph in particular has cyberspace all up in a twist. TL;DR:
1| Any content submitted or posted on Twitter allows the company (or anyone) worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such content in any and all media or distribution methods.
2| This license authorizes us to make your Content available to the rest of the world and to let others do the same.
3| The content can be made available to other companies, organizations or individuals for the syndication, broadcast, distribution, promotion or publication.
4| The reuse or republication of your content may be made with no compensation paid to you.
These new rules are already in effect in the US and will affect the rest of the world come October.
Twitter may have revised their user agreement, but other people have also pointed out that nothing much has changed—apart from a feed that might soon be full of ads and a new European office.
Sarah Buhr of TechCrunch, for example, explains that Twitter merely spells out what has become standard practice in social media: "We should [point] out news organizations and other companies and individuals can already use content found on the site, as that content is public and is already considered fair use."
ABC News also commended Twitter's use of plain language instead of loading their ToS with legal jargon. "It seems Twitter wanted to avoid the kind of uproar that rattled Facebook this year after the popular networking site included some murky wording in its revised terms of service." says the report.