Facebook have just altered some of their terms of use. I’m not sure what’s changed, and I’ve not read them all. I’ve just skim read the first couple of sections:

Membership in the Service is void where prohibited. This Site is intended solely for users who are thirteen (13) years of age or older, and users of the Site under 18 who are currently in high school or college. Any registration by, use of or access to the Site by anyone under 13, or by anyone who is under 18 and not in high school or college, is unauthorized, unlicensed and in violation of these Terms of Use. By using the Service or the Site, you represent and warrant that you are 13 or older and in high school or college, or else that you are 18 or older, and that you agree to and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

So, what happens if, at 13 you were in school, so eligible to join, then left school at 16. Do you have to leave Facebook for two years?

I’m also wondering how forbidding people from:

  • upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make available content that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national or international law;

Fits with the current level of complaints about the fact that purchases on external sites can be displayed to one’s friends. Does someone have the right (or not) to keep secret things they’ve bought? Granted, it is possible to not notify friends, but it’s not particularly easy.

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