Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Facebook's Terms of Use may just be a guideline.

After all, not just Reach Singapore has Facebook account. Other worldwide organizations--for example: UNICEF Youth Voice, National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, and International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association--do have their own Facebook profiles.

Do they have troubles? Well, not that I know. Although I am sure everywhere else there's always someone who clings to the rules & regulations oh-so-tightly that he/she may cry out about how certain "non-compliance" has happened.

Yeah, I'm referring to Choong Yong's post, "Reach Singapore violates Facebook Terms of Use":

If the person who signed up the Facebook profile has actually spent enough time in the Facebook community to understand what Facebook really is and how it works, or if the person has taken the time to read the Terms of Use, it would be apparent that the Reach Singapore profile has violated the Facebook’s terms of use.

Quoting from Facebook’s Terms of Use:

"In addition, you agree not to use the Service or the Site to:

register for more than one User account, register for a User account on behalf of an individual other than yourself, or register for a User account on behalf of any group or entity;"

Choong Yong is indeed very sharp to notice that. And despite of my few examples of how other organizations abroad 'committed' the similar 'violation', one may argue (and rightly so) that it is just not an excuse.

But why so rigid? Think what the consequences of this so-called 'violation'. Sorry, I can't find any. So perhaps that's why Facebook do not enforce this particular Terms of Use. Heck, they may even want to consider to review their other rules as some may prove to be obsolete or redundant.

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