Twitter Updates TOS To Say You Own Your Tweets

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Towards the beginning of the year, Facebook updated their terms of service without the knowledge of the community.  But there was some outrage because Facebook’s new terms of service stated that even after a user deactivated their accounts, the social network would still have access to their data such as messages that were sent back-and-forth with still current members.  It even got to the point that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) decided to file a complaint against Facebook for the terms of service.  This is why it is not surprising that Twitter decided to take the transparent road when letting users know that you own the rights to your “tweets,” but you give Twitter permission to reproduce or duplicate them.

Below are some of the updates the Twitter team made to the terms of service agreement:

Advertising?In the Terms, we leave the door open for advertising. We’d like to keep our options open as we’ve said before.

Ownership?Twitter is allowed to “use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute” your tweets because that’s what we do. However, they are your tweets and they belong to you.

APIs?The apps that have grown around the Twitter platform are flourishing and adding value to the ecosystem. You authorize us to make content available via our APIs. We’re also working on guidelines for use of the API.

SPAM?Abusive behavior and spam is also outlined in these terms according to the rules we’ve been operating under for some time.