Do you read the TOU?

After reading this article about copyrights implications of user content in social media, I realize that it is important to read the term of use (TOU) before clicking the AGREE button. I think I have this assumption that almost everyone use it, so, it must be safe to just agree with the terms and start right away! 

The Facebook’s TOU consists of 14,000 words over eight separate pages and would take at least 2 hours for a quickest reader to read it

Honestly, I didn’t read the TOU when I registered my Facebook account about 6 years ago. I’m not aware of the possibility that Facebook or other users to use and exploit the text, pictures, or anything that I uploaded on my Facebook. I now know that I’ve given the rights to Facebook  to use any intellectual property content that I post! I’m beginning to think about closing or deleting my account. But wait, Facebook asserted that “this IP License ends when you delete your IP content on your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it“. In other words, I have no control on my content even after deleting my Facebook account 😦 

So, do you read the TOU? 

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The positive side of Facebook

The video portrays a positive side of using social media tool in classroom. However, research findings showed that students in higher education are not comfortable to use social media for formal learning (Dennen & Burner, 2013). Only 10% of the students felt social media should be required and only 29% think that instructors should be encouraged to integrate social media. 

I found the video from here and the author stated that 

Facebook is based on real names and authentic identities That’s the reason why Facebook is not only the most popular but also the safest social network for young students. It requires that its registered users represent who they are in the real world. It’s the most basic safety tool of Facebook. On Facebook, the connections are real and authentic. If anyone discovers a user posing as someone else, they can report it to Facebook.

Do you use your real name on Facebook? Do you think it’s really safe? Would you use it for academic or formal learning in the classroom? Perhaps a closed Facebook group? Would you unfriend your professor at the end of the semester? 

Honestly, I would not use Facebook as one of my teaching tool in the classroom. However, I might use the tool if I know (not assume) that my students are comfortable and prefer to use it in my classroom for discussion and learning purposes. 

At the positive side, I’m currently using Facebook to gain useful information and learn something informally. For instance, I gain good information and resources on writing and statistics from the communities that I joined in Facebook. Thus, I might not be comfortable to to use it formally in academic setting, but I really enjoy learning something from Facebook at my own pace.