Twitter updates Terms of Services, but it isn't actually new

Twitter's existing ToS is being mistaken as new rules by some users.

  • Published: September 4, 2017 2:32 PM IST

Twitter has updated its Terms of Services for its users living outside of the US. But these rules have already been in place for Twitter users in the US. The section involves content posted on Twitter, and being used by news organizations and publications for their purposes.

Twitter’s move has however caused confusion among users as the news is being shown as “new” Terms of Service. Twitter’s ToS sectioned under the user’s rights for content posted online reads, “You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. What’s yours is yours — you own your Content (and your photos and videos are part of the Content). By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sub-license) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).”

To make things simpler, content posted on Twitter is usually used by news organizations as embedded tweets for their stories. This rule has been long in use as for Twitter accounts which are public; their tweets are also public at the same time. Twitter’s ToS further states that “Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals for the syndication, broadcast, distribution, promotion or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use.”

First reported by TechCrunch, Twitter users started complaining against these “new” rules and highlighting how original content will be misused. However, there were some who pointed out that the Terms of Services haven’t changed, and have only been updated for global users. There is one change though, and that is Twitter’s new address which is located in Dublin, Ireland. ALSO READ: Twitter’s new Explore feature allows users to sort tweets based on interest

  • Published Date: September 4, 2017 2:32 PM IST