Do You Know What ‘Terms and Conditions’ You’re Agreeing to?
If you just hit "accept" without reading, then I'm guessing the answer is no.
Honestly, I have never once read the "terms and conditions" for any websites, apps, etc. before using them. I just blindly press "accept" and pray that I didn't just sign over my first born child to the government. I just don't have time to read six pages of legal jargon that I won't really understand anyways! Just let me stick a filter on a photo of my pizza and move on with my life.
If you're like me (and I know most of you are), here are some of the things you agreed to when you signed up for various social media sites that you might not know about, all courtesy of Mashable:
- Facebook - When you post something to Facebook, basically Facebook owns it. They can do whatever they want with your content, including selling your info to advertisers and using your stuff for promotional content. Also, anything you post as public allows everyone to access your content and information, on Facebook or off.
- Snapchat - Snapchat doesn't want you to put yourselves or others in danger for the sake of a Snap. They explicitly say to not disobey traffic or safety laws (don't Snap and drive!). This statement relieves Snapchat of all responsibility if you do choose to do something stupid. Oh yeah, and they can ban you if they want.
- Instagram - "You must not defame, stalk, bully, abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate people or entities." LOL. I'm not laughing because I do these things, I'm laughing because if you read the Instagram comments on literally ANY celebrity's post, you'll see people doing all of these things. Don't be a jerk. Also, if Insta wants you to change your username, they can do that for any reason, at any time. It doesn't look that that happens too often, though.
- LinkedIn - When you sign up for LinkedIn, you agree that everything on your profile will be entirely truthful. If not, you can kiss that website GOODBYE. No liars allowed.
- Twitter - If you get hacked, Twitter will not be taking responsibility for it, even if it IS their fault. Additionally, Twitter also states that you cannot tweet out links to copyrighted material. They state: "Twitter will respond to reports of alleged copyright infringement, such as allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted image as a profile or header photo, allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted video or image uploaded through our media hosting services, or Tweets containing links to allegedly infringing materials." So be careful you're not stealing anyone's material, or you could be kicked out.