10 Things You Didn't Know You Agreed To Via Terms Of Service

The terms of service, also known as the document you're supposed to read before signing up for a site or platform, is a treasure trove of legal guidelines, rules and permissions that few people really care about.

But there are a few things you're agreeing to, hidden within the jargon, that might change the way you use the web. Some permissions, like keeping personal information, protecting copyrights and preventing impersonation, are well-known and relatively innocuous. That said, there's a chance you're violating a term of service without even realizing it.

Here are 10 things you didn't realize you agreed to in the social network terms of service you didn't read, but we did.


1. Facebook has permission to use your photos and videos for whatever it wants.

Have you ever wanted to see that awesome sunset picture you took or a funny video of your cats in a Facebook ad? No? Well, too bad, because when you sign up for Facebook, you give it an expansive royalty-free license to use anything you post that could be considered intellectual property.

You still own all of your content, but Facebook is allowed to use it and give other people the right to use it, too. The only way to revoke the license is by deleting the content from Facebook.

If it seems out of line, it's actually pretty commonplace among other social media sites. Twitter, Instagram and Google all have similar clauses in their terms.

2. You can't use Facebook if you're a convicted sex offender.

This one is pretty straightforward. If you've been convicted of a sex crime, you aren't allowed to register for Facebook.

3. You're required to keep your contact information up to date.

Facebook requires all users to keep their profiles updated with any changes to their contact information so it can make sure your account is kept secure. While it doesn't specify a timetable for email addresses, the terms say you need to update your cellphone number within 48 hours of making the change.


4. How you explore Twitter, and how you got there

Twitter's privacy policy allows the company to track "your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, search terms, and cookie information." Google does virtually the same thing.

5. You're not allowed to squat on a username.

Are you planning to set up a Twitter account for your kid to use when he's old enough? That's not allowed, according to Twitter's terms of service. Twitter typically deletes most accounts within six to nine months of inactivity, so it's unlikely you'd be able to get away with it anyway.


6. You're not allowed to post sexually suggestive content.

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it's not just nudity that's banned. The rule itself isn't very specific, but its sets a presumably lower benchmark than similar rules from Facebook and Twitter limiting offensive content.

7. You're not supposed to send ideas to Instagram, but if the company actually reads them and likes them, it'll use them.

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Instagram's terms outline the company's policy "not to accept or consider content, information, ideas, suggestions or other materials other than those we have specifically requested." But, there's a caveat: If, for some reason, your brilliant idea catches the eye of a higher-up, then Instagram can use it and not give you a cent.


8. You can't add anyone you don't actually know.

If you're familiar with the networking platform, you'll know that you have to specify how you know someone before you invite her to connect on LinkedIn. If you can't offer a mutual school or workplace, or don't have an email address linked to her account, LinkedIn won't let you connect.

But proving your acquaintance with a potential connection isn't just a spam roadblock; it's written into LinkedIn's terms, too. That said, plenty of people violate it without caring. Networking is cut-throat sometimes, man.

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9. Your profile can't promote escort or prostitution services — even if they're legal where you live.

Let's say you're the proprietor of a lawful business that pairs clients with escorts for, uh, intimate companionship. Don't bother networking on LinkedIn, because that's against the rules.

10. You're not allowed to lie.

It's said that honesty is the best policy. For LinkedIn, honesty is policy. The network's user agreement bans users from adding inaccurate information to their profiles. It's also usually easy for prospective employers to catch, so it's not worth it in the first place.
Source: mashable.


  1. Wow thanks for this timely revelations about terms of service.

  2. Everyone needs to read this to really have a knowledge of a particular service before accepting to Avoid violation

  3. I mean violation of the rules and regulations involved

  4. The majority of people using the web never read the terms and conditions but they still accept them anyway. This is putting them in great danger.

  5. Terms and conditions: not reading the small print can mean big problems.

  6. As my brothers had rightly said, how many have really cared to read any terms of agreement before signing it

  7. I'm of the opinion that we should learn to limit whatsoever that we share online so that we may not regret it later.

  8. Further more, we should also limit the number of social media platforms that we register in and it's not mandatory that we should be in all the social media platforms

  9. If all of us have been reading the terms of agreement in these social media platforms, how many would have actually singed up for them?

  10. Yes we should limit the number of social media platforms that we register in and we most be careful when registering some of them that want us to register with facebook, registering with facebook they will collect all your data.

  11. So all these are what they include and most of us just accept, anyway majority doen't have time to read the terms of service, Check out the New Twitter Terms Of Service Makes Users Unhappy

  12. wen m creating Facebook account
    they showed me terms and conditions
    i didnt even read it,i jst go ahead to sign up

  13. now this terms and condition
    .if its shown to u.some jst say its a waste of time to read the terms

  14. now this terms and condition
    .if its shown to u.some jst say its a waste of time to read the terms

  15. even playstore have terms and conditions... so every terms must. be met

  16. thank u wizy.. cos if nt fr u ..i would nt know anything's abt the terms