ASMP Puts Out a Warning to Photographers About Facebook’s New TOS


Editor’s Note: The Next Web states that Facebook is putting a delay on the TOS and reviewing comments first.


In a recent blog post, The American Society for Media Photographers put out a warning about Facebook’s new Terms of Service. According to their interpretation of the TOS, “Facebook is now able to exploit your name, likeness, content, images, private information, and personal brand by using it in advertising and in commercial and sponsored content — without any compensation to you. Facebook is monetizing not just your images, but a sizable portion of your entire online identity.

Crazy, huh? The company that was originally just open to college students has become a monster that wants to become the new Google in some ways. Further, ASMP states that even if you don’t use Facebook and you’re extremely careful about monitoring the spread of your images online, your clients may not be as careful.

Facebook has had a history of pissing off the photo community for years now; and many photographers have opted to still sharing their images online for self-promotional advertising reasons. For that, many photographers upload images that they think were worth uploading in an effort to advertise or engage their audience. But if you really, really think about this, ASMP could also probably be blowing this out of proportion. It could be for things as simple as saying something like, “The Phoblographer likes this page.”

In the end though, we still always recommend exercising caution.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.