These Terms govern your use of Facebook and the products, features, apps, services, technologies, and software we offer (the Facebook Products or Products), except where we expressly state that separate terms (and not these) apply.
1. Our Services
Our mission is to give people the power to build community and bring
the world closer together. To help advance this mission, we provide the
Products and services described below to you:
Provide a personalized experience for you:
Your experience on Facebook is unlike anyone else's: from the posts,
stories, events, ads, and other content you see in News Feed or our
video platform to the Pages you follow and other features you might use,
such as Trending, Marketplace, and search. We use the data we have -
for example, about the connections you make, the choices and settings
you select, and what you share and do on and off our Products - to
personalize your experience.
Connect you with people and organizations you care about:
We help you find and connect with people, groups, businesses,
organizations, and others that matter to you across the Facebook
Products you use. We use the data we have to make suggestions for you
and others - for example, groups to join, events to attend, Pages to
follow or send a message to, shows to watch, and people you may want to
become friends with. Stronger ties make for better communities, and we
believe our services are most useful when people are connected to
people, groups, and organizations they care about.
Empower you to express yourself and communicate about what matters to you:
There are many ways to express yourself on Facebook and to communicate
with friends, family, and others about what matters to you - for
example, sharing status updates, photos, videos, and stories across the
Facebook Products you use, sending messages to a friend or several
people, creating events or groups, or adding content to your profile. We
also have developed, and continue to explore, new ways for people to
use technology, such as augmented reality and 360 video to create and
share more expressive and engaging content on Facebook.
Help you discover content, products, and services that may interest you:
We show you ads, offers, and other sponsored content to help you
discover content, products, and services that are offered by the many
businesses and organizations that use Facebook and other Facebook
Products. Our partners pay us to show their content to you, and we
design our services so that the sponsored content you see is as relevant
and useful to you as everything else you see on our Products.
Combat harmful conduct and protect and support our community:
People will only build community on Facebook if they feel safe. We
employ dedicated teams around the world and develop advanced technical
systems to detect misuse of our Products, harmful conduct towards
others, and situations where we may be able to help support or protect
our community. If we learn of content or conduct like this, we will take
appropriate action - for example, offering help, removing content,
blocking access to certain features, disabling an account, or contacting
law enforcement. We share data with other Facebook Companies when we detect misuse or harmful conduct by someone using one of our Products.
Use and develop advanced technologies to provide safe and functional services for everyone:
We use and develop advanced technologies - such as artificial
intelligence, machine learning systems, and augmented reality - so that
people can use our Products safely regardless of physical ability or
geographic location. For example, technology like this helps people who
have visual impairments understand what or who is in photos or videos
shared on Facebook or Instagram. We also build sophisticated network and
communication technology to help more people connect to the internet in
areas with limited access. And we develop automated systems to improve
our ability to detect and remove abusive and dangerous activity that may
harm our community and the integrity of our Products.
Research ways to make our services better:
We engage in research and collaborate with others to improve our
Products. One way we do this is by analyzing the data we have and
understanding how people use our Products. You can learn more about some of our research efforts.
Provide consistent and seamless experiences across the Facebook Company Products:
Our Products help you find and connect with people, groups, businesses,
organizations, and others that are important to you. We design our
systems so that your experience is consistent and seamless across the
different Facebook Company Products
that you use. For example, we use data about the people you engage with
on Facebook to make it easier for you to connect with them on Instagram
or Messenger, and we enable you to communicate with a business you
follow on Facebook through Messenger.
Enable global access to our services:
To operate our global service, we need to store and distribute content
and data in our data centers and systems around the world, including
outside your country of residence. This infrastructure may be operated
or controlled by Facebook, Inc., Facebook Ireland Limited, or its
2. Our Data Policy and Your Privacy Choices
To provide these services, we must collect and use your personal data. We detail our practices in the Data Policy, which you must agree to in order to use our Products. We also encourage you to review the privacy choices you have in your settings.
3. Your Commitments to Facebook and Our Community
We provide these services to you and others to help advance our
mission. In exchange, we need you to make the following commitments:
1. Who can use Facebook
When people stand behind their opinions and actions, our community is safer and more accountable. For that reason, you must:
Use the same name that you use in everyday life.
Provide accurate information about yourself.
Create only one account (your own) and use your timeline for personal purposes.
share your password, give access to your Facebook account to others, or
transfer your account to anyone else (without our permission).
We try to make Facebook broadly available to everyone, but you cannot use Facebook if:
You are under 13 years old (or the minimum legal age in your country to use our Products).
You are a convicted sex offender.
We previously disabled your account for violations of our terms or policies.
You are prohibited from receiving our products, services, or software under applicable laws.
2. What you can share and do on Facebook
We want people to use Facebook to express themselves and to share
content that is important to them, but not at the expense of the safety
and well-being of others or the integrity of our community. You
therefore agree not to engage in the conduct described below (or to
facilitate or support others in doing so):
You may not use our Products to do or share anything:
That is unlawful, misleading, discriminatory or fraudulent.
That infringes or violates someone else's rights.
may not upload viruses or malicious code or do anything that could
disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of our
You may not access or collect
data from our Products using automated means (without our prior
permission) or attempt to access data you do not have permission to
We can remove content you share in violation of these
provisions and, if applicable, we may take action against your account,
for the reasons described below. We may also disable your account if you repeatedly infringe other people's intellectual property rights. To help support our community, we encourage you to report content or conduct that you believe violates your rights (including intellectual property rights) or our terms and policies.
3. The permissions you give us
We need certain permissions from you to provide our services:
Permission to use content you create and share:
You own the content you create and share on Facebook and the other
Facebook Products you use, and nothing in these Terms takes away the
rights you have to your own content. You are free to share your content
with anyone else, wherever you want. To provide our services, though, we
need you to give us some legal permissions to use that content.
Specifically, when you share, post, or upload content that is covered
by intellectual property rights (like photos or videos) on or in
connection with our Products, you grant us a non-exclusive,
transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to
host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display,
translate, and create derivative works of your content (consistent with
your privacy and application
settings). This means, for example, that if you share a photo on
Facebook, you give us permission to store, copy, and share it with
others (again, consistent with your settings) such as service providers
that support our service or other Facebook Products you use.
You can end this license any time by deleting your content or account.
You should know that, for technical reasons, content you delete may
persist for a limited period of time in backup copies (though it will
not be visible to other users). In addition, content you delete may
continue to appear if you have shared it with others and they have not
Permission to use your name, profile picture, and information about your actions with ads and sponsored content:
You give us permission to use your name and profile picture and
information about actions you have taken on Facebook next to or in
connection with ads, offers, and other sponsored content that we display
across our Products, without any compensation to you. For example, we
may show your friends that you are interested in an advertised event or
have liked a Page created by a brand that has paid us to display its ads
on Facebook. Ads like this can be seen only by people who have your
permission to see the actions you've taken on Facebook. You can learn more about your ad settings and preferences.
Permission to update software you use or download:
If you download or use our software, you give us permission to download
and install upgrades, updates, and additional features to improve,
enhance, and further develop it.
4. Limits on using our intellectual property
If you use content covered by intellectual property rights that we have
and make available in our Products (for example, images, designs,
videos, or sounds we provide that you add to content you create or share
on Facebook), we retain all rights to that content (but not yours). You
can only use our copyrights or trademarks (or any similar marks) as expressly permitted by our Brand Usage Guidelines
or with our prior written permission. You must obtain our written
permission (or permission under an open source license) to modify,
create derivative works of, decompile, or otherwise attempt to extract
source code from us.
4. Additional provisions
1. Updating our Terms
We work constantly to improve our services and develop new features to
make our Products better for you and our community. As a result, we may
need to update these Terms from time to time to accurately reflect our
services and practices. Unless otherwise required by law, we will notify
you before we make changes to these Terms and give you an opportunity
to review them before they go into effect. Once any updated Terms are in
effect, you will be bound by them if you continue to use our Products.
We hope that you will continue using our Products, but if you do not
agree to our updated Terms and no longer want to be a part of the
Facebook community, you can delete your account at any time.
2. Account suspension or termination
We want Facebook to be a place where people feel welcome and safe to express themselves and share their thoughts and ideas.
If we determine that you have violated our terms or policies, we may
take action against your account to protect our community and services,
including by suspending access to your account or disabling it. We may
also suspend or disable your account if you create risk or legal
exposure for us or when we are permitted or required to do so by law.
Where appropriate, we will notify you about your account the next time
you try to access it. You can learn more about what you can do if your account has been disabled.
If you delete or we disable your account, these Terms shall terminate
as an agreement between you and us, but the following provisions will
remain in place: 3, 4.2-4.5
3. Limits on liability
We work hard to provide the best Products we can and to specify clear
guidelines for everyone who uses them. Our Products, however, are
provided "as is," and we make no guarantees that they always will be
safe, secure, or error-free, or that they will function without
disruptions, delays, or imperfections. To the extent permitted by law,
we also DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING
THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. We do not control or direct what
people and others do or say, and we are not responsible for their
actions or conduct (whether online or offline) or any content they share
(including offensive, inappropriate, obscene, unlawful, and other
objectionable content). We cannot predict when
issues might arise with our Products. Accordingly, our liability shall
be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and under
no circumstance will we be liable to you for any lost profits, revenues,
information, or data, or consequential, special, indirect, exemplary,
punitive, or incidental damages arising out of or related to these Terms
or the Facebook Products, even if we have been advised of the
possibility of such damages.
We try to provide clear rules so that we can limit or hopefully avoid
disputes between you and us. If a dispute does arise, however, it's
useful to know up front where it can be resolved and what laws will
apply. If you are a consumer, the laws of the
country in which you reside will apply to any claim, cause of action, or
dispute you have against us that arises out of or relates to these
Terms or the Facebook Products ("claim"), and you may resolve your claim
in any competent court in that country that has jurisdiction over the
claim. In all other cases, you agree that the claim must be resolved
exclusively in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
California or a state court located in San Mateo County, that you submit
to the personal jurisdiction of either of these courts for the purpose
of litigating any such claim, and that the laws of the State of
California will govern these Terms and any claim, without regard to
conflict of law provisions.
Terms (formerly known as the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities)
make up the entire agreement between you and Facebook, Inc. regarding
your use of our Products. They supersede any prior agreements.
of the Products we offer are also governed by supplemental terms. If
you use any of those Products, supplemental terms will be made available
and will become part of our agreement with you. For instance, if you
access or use our Products for commercial or business purposes, such as
buying ads, selling products, developing apps, managing a group or Page
for your business, or using our measurement services, you must agree to
our Commercial Terms. If you post or share content containing music, you must comply with our Music Guidelines.
To the extent any supplemental terms conflict with these Terms, the
supplemental terms shall govern to the extent of the conflict.
any portion of these Terms are found to be unenforceable, the remaining
portion will remain in full force and effect. If we fail to enforce any
of these Terms, it will not be considered a waiver. Any amendment to or
waiver of these Terms must be made in writing and signed by us.
You will not transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms to anyone else without our consent.
may designate a person (called a legacy contact) to manage your account
if it is memorialized. Only your legacy contact or a person who you
have identified in a valid will or similar document expressing clear
consent to disclose your content upon death or incapacity will be able
to seek disclosure from your account after it is memorialized.
Terms do not confer any third-party beneficiary rights. All of our
rights and obligations under these Terms are freely assignable by us in
connection with a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, or by
operation of law or otherwise.
know that we may need to change the username for your account in certain
circumstances (for example, if someone else claims the username and it
appears unrelated to the name you use in everyday life).
always appreciate your feedback and other suggestions about our
products and services. But you should know that we may use them without
any restriction or obligation to compensate you, and we are under no
obligation to keep them confidential.
We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.
5. Other terms and policies that may apply to you
These guidelines outline our standards regarding the content you post
to Facebook and your activity on Facebook and other Facebook Products.
These terms apply if you also access or use our Products for any
commercial or business purpose, including advertising, operating an app
on our Platform, using our measurement services, managing a group or a
Page for a business, or selling goods or services.
Advertising Policies: These policies specify what types of ad content are allowed by partners who advertise across the Facebook Products.
Self-Serve Ad Terms:
These terms apply when you use self-serve advertising interfaces to
create, submit, or deliver advertising or other commercial or sponsored
activity or content.
Pages, Groups and Events Policy:
These guidelines apply if you create or administer a Facebook Page,
group, or event, or if you use Facebook to communicate or administer a
Facebook Platform Policy:
These guidelines outline the policies that apply to your use of our
Platform (for example, for developers or operators of a Platform
application or website or if you use social plugins).