Yes. "consistent with our terms" ... and what do those terms say?
[copied from the https://en-gb.facebook.com/legal/terms]
"For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it."
Key things to note here - the licence is transferrable and sub-licensable. Basically in simple terms that means FB
can legally do pretty much anything they want to your images. Would you give a magazine such a license??
I'm not suggesting the FB
are currently doing anything untoward that I know of, but, if for example, Getty wanted to buy all the images on FB
for resale through their own channels, FB
could sell them. You could of course remove your images, but I wonder how practical that would be given that FB
retains their licence rights if the image has been shared on another FB
Now compare this to the T&C for Pinterest: [from https://about.pinterest.com/en/terms-service]
"You grant Pinterest and its users a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, store, display, reproduce, re-pin, modify, create derivative works, perform, and distribute your User Content on Pinterest solely for the purposes of operating, developing, providing, and using the Pinterest Products".
, so here we see the same sort of words but with the all so important caveat
"solely for the purposes of operating, developing, providing, and using the Pinterest Products".
I think when you compare the two paragraphs side by side, the omission of the limitation of the licence on FB
's part is glaring and potentially hugely significant.
Whatever a FB
rep or anyone else might say about intentions etc. what really matters are the terms you agree to when you use the service.
Of course this has nothing to do with people uploading other peoples content, which is another thing altogether and does appear reasonably covered in the FB
But as I understand it, by uploading to FB
you will not lose your IP rights, but you may lose control of how your images are used.
In the interest of full disclosure, I dislike FB
, partly due to lack of trust, partly due to headaches caused by their constantly changing code making web integration a PITA. I do use Pinterest because it offers exposure without compromising my rights.