Facebook Ireland Limited has changed its name to Meta Platforms Ireland Limited. We've updated our Terms of Service, Data Policy and Cookies Policy to reflect the new name on 4 January 2022. While our company name has changed, we are continuing to offer the same products, including the Facebook app from Meta. Our Data Policy and Terms of Service remain in effect, and this name change does not affect how we use or share data. Learn more about Meta and our vision for the Metaverse.



Terms of Service
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Meta builds technologies and services that enable people to connect with each other, build communities and grow businesses. These Terms of Service (the "Terms") govern your use of Facebook, Messenger, and the other products, features, apps, services, technologies, and software we offer (the Meta Products or Products), except where we expressly state that separate terms (and not these) apply. These Products are provided to you by Meta Platforms Ireland Limited.
We don't charge you to use Facebook or the other products and services covered by these Terms, unless we state otherwise. Instead, businesses, organisations and other persons pay us to show you ads for their products and services. Our products and services enable you to connect with your friends and communities and to receive personalised content and ads that we think may be relevant to you and your interests. You acknowledge that by using our Products, we will show you ads that we think may be relevant to you and your interests. We use your personal data to help determine which personalised ads to show you.
We don't sell your personal data to advertisers, and we don't share information that directly identifies you (such as your name, email address or other contact information) with advertisers unless you give us specific permission. Instead, advertisers can tell us things such as the kind of audience that they want to see their ads, and we show those ads to people who may be interested. We provide advertisers with reports about the performance of their ads that help them understand how people are interacting with their content. See Section 2 below to learn more about how personalised advertising under these Terms works on the Meta Products.
Our Privacy Policy explains how we collect and use your personal data to determine some of the ads that you see and provide all of the other services described below. You can also go to your settings pages of the relevant Meta Product at any time to review the privacy choices that you have about how we use your data.
1. The services we provide
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 personalised experience for you: Your experience on Facebook is unlike anyone else's: from the Posts, Stories, events, ads and other content that you see in Facebook News Feed or our video platform to the Facebook Pages that you follow and other features you might use, such as Facebook Marketplace and search. For example, we data about the connections you make, the choices and settings you select and what you share and do on and off our Products to personalise your experience.
  • Connect you with people and organisations that you care about: We help you find and connect with people, groups, businesses, organisations and others that matter to you across the Meta Products you use. We use data to make suggestions for you and others – for example, groups to join, events to attend, Facebook 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 that our services are most useful when people are connected to people, groups and organisations that they care about.
  • Empower you to express yourself and communicate about what matters to you: There are many ways to express yourself on Facebook to communicate with friends, family and others about what matters to you – for example, sharing status updates, photos, videos and stories across the Meta Products (consistent with your settings), sending messages or making voice or video calls to a friend or several people, creating events or groups, or adding content to your profile, as well as showing you insights on how others engage with your content. We have also 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 Meta Products.
  • Help you discover content, products and services that may interest you: We show you personalised ads, offers and other sponsored or commercial content to help you discover content, products and services that are offered by the many businesses and organisations that use Facebook and other Meta Products. Section 2 below explains this in more detail.
  • Promote the safety, security and integrity of our services, combat harmful conduct and keep our community of users safe: People will only build community on Meta Products if they feel safe and secure. We work hard to maintain the security (including the availability, authenticity, integrity and confidentiality) of our Products and services. We employ dedicated teams around the world, work with external service providers, partners and other relevant entities, and develop advanced technical systems to detect potential misuse of our Products, harmful conduct towards others and situations where we may be able to help support or protect our community, including to respond to user reports of potentially violating content. If we learn of content or conduct like this, we will take appropriate action that may include notifying you, offering help, removing content, removing or restricting access to certain features, disabling an account or contacting law enforcement. We share data with other Meta Companies when we detect misuse or harmful conduct by someone using one of our Products or to help keep Meta Products, users and the community safe. For example, we share information with Meta Companies that provide financial products and services to help them promote safety, security and integrity and comply with applicable law. Meta may access, preserve, use and share any information it collects about you where it has a good faith belief that it is required or permitted by law to do so. For more information, please review our Privacy Policy.
    In some cases, the Oversight Board may review our decisions, subject to its terms and bylaws. Learn more here.
  • 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 such as 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 protect our community and our Products.
  • Research ways to make our services better: We engage in research to develop, test and improve our Products. This includes analysing data that we have about our users, and understanding how people use our Products, for example by conducting surveys and testing and troubleshooting new features. Our Privacy Policy explains how we use data to support this research for the purposes of developing and improving our services.
  • Provide consistent and seamless experiences across the Meta Company Products: Our Products help you find and connect with people, groups, businesses, organisations and others that are important to you. We design our systems so that your experience is consistent and seamless across the different Meta 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 businesses that you follow on Facebook through Messenger.
  • Ensuring access to our services: To operate our global services and enable you to connect with people around the world, we need to transfer, store and distribute content and data to our data centres, partners, service providers, vendors and systems around the world, including outside your country of residence. The use of this global infrastructure is necessary and essential to provide our services. This infrastructure may be owned, operated or controlled by Meta Platforms, Inc., Meta Platforms Ireland Limited or its affiliates.

2. How our services are funded
Instead of charging you to use Facebook and the other products and services that we offer, by using the Meta Products covered by these Terms you agree that we can show you ads that business and organisations pay us to promote on and off the Meta Company Products. We use your personal data, such as information about your activity and interests, to show you ads that are more relevant to you.
Protecting people's privacy is central to how we've designed our ad system. This means that we can show you relevant and useful ads without telling advertisers who you are. We don't sell your personal data. We allow advertisers to tell us things such as their business goal, and the kind of audience that they want to see their ads (for example, people between the ages of 18-35 who like cycling). We then show their ad to people who might be interested.
We also provide advertisers with reports about the performance of their ads to help them understand how people are interacting with their content on and off Meta Products. For example, we provide general demographic and interest information for advertisers (for example, that an ad was seen by a woman between the ages of 25 and 34 who lives in Madrid and likes software engineering) to help them better understand their audience. We don't share information that directly identifies you (information such as your name or email address that by itself can be used to contact you or identifies who you are) unless you give us specific permission. Learn more about how Meta ads work here.
We collect and use your personal data in order to provide the services described above for you. You can learn about how we collect and use your data in our Data Policy. You have controls over the types of ads and advertisers you see, and the types of information we use to determine which ads we show you. Learn more.


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 this reason, you must:
    • Provide for your account the same name that you use in everyday life.
    • provide accurate information about yourself;
    • Only create one account (your own) and use it for personal purposes.
    • not 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.
    • You are a convicted sex offender.
    • We've previously suspended or terminated your account for breaches of our Terms, the Community Standards, or other terms and policies that apply to your use of Facebook. If we disable your account for a violation of our Terms, the Community Standards or other terms and policies, you agree not to create another account without our permission. Receiving permission to create a new account is provided at our sole discretion, and does not mean or imply that the disciplinary action was wrong or without cause.
    • You are prohibited from receiving our products, services or software under applicable laws.

  2. What you can share and do on Meta Products
    We want people to use Meta Products 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):
    1. You may not use our Products to do or share anything:
      • That breaches these Terms, the Community Standards and other terms and policies that apply to your use of our Products.
      • That is unlawful, misleading, discriminatory or fraudulent (or assists someone else in using our Products in such a way).
      • That you do not own or have the necessary rights to share.
      • That infringes or violates someone else's rights, including their intellectual property rights (such as by infringing another's copyright or trademark, or distributing or selling counterfeit or pirated goods), unless an exception or limitation applies under applicable law.
    2. You may not upload viruses or malicious code, use the services to send spam or do anything else that could disable, overburden, interfere with or impair the proper working, integrity, operation or appearance of our services, systems or Products.
    3. You may not access or collect data from our Products using automated means (without our prior permission) or attempt to access data that you do not have permission to access. We also reserve all of our rights against text and data mining.
    4. You may not proxy, request or collect Product usernames or passwords, or misappropriate access tokens.
    5. You may not sell, license or purchase any data obtained from us or our services, except as provided in the Platform Terms.
    6. You may not misuse any reporting, flagging, dispute or appeals channel, such as by making fraudulent, duplicative or groundless reports or appeals.
    We can remove or block content that is in breach of these provisions.
    If we remove content that you have shared for violation of the Terms or the Community Standards, we will notify you, without delay, of this and the reason why. If you disagree with our decision, you can request a review. If you request a review, you will be notified whether we will uphold the decision or restore or unblock the content.
    In addition, if you breach these provisions, we may, without prejudice of our termination right under Section 4.2, restrict your use of certain features of Facebook including, without limitation, creating content, such as posting, commenting, using Facebook Live or creating a Facebook Page for a limited period of time. The kind and extent of such restrictions will depend on the severity of your breach and the number and nature of previous breaches. We will notify you of this and the reason why. If you disagree with the intended restriction, you can request a review before the restriction comes into effect. If you request a review, you will receive a notification of our final decision.
    A notification of the removal or blocking of content or the restriction of use of an account, including details on the reason, the possibility to request a review and, if applicable, the kind and duration of the limitation, will not be provided if and as long as we are prohibited from doing so for legal reasons. It will also not be provided if and as long as the notification would be unreasonable, taking into account the interests of both parties.
    To help support our community, we encourage you to report content or conduct that you believe breaches your rights (including intellectual property rights) or our terms and policies if this feature exists in your jurisdiction.

  3. The permissions you give us
    We need certain permissions from you to provide our services:
    1. Permission to use content that you create and share: You retain ownership of the content that you create and share on Facebook and other Meta Company Products that you use, and nothing in these Terms takes away the rights that you have to your own content. You are free to share your content with anyone else, wherever you want. To provide our services, however, we need you to give us some legal permissions to use this content.
      Specifically, when you share, post or upload content that is covered by intellectual property rights (e.g. photos or videos) on or in connection with our Products, you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable and worldwide licence 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 licence is only for the purpose of making our Products available to you. 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 Meta Products or service providers that support those products and services you use.
      You can end this licence at any time by deleting your content or account.
      You can delete individual content that you share, post and upload at any time. In addition, all content posted to your personal account will be deleted if you delete your account. Learn more about how to delete your account. Account deletion does not automatically delete content that you post as an admin of a Page or content that you create collectively with other users, such as photos in Shared Albums that may continue to be visible to other album members.
      It may take up to ninety days to delete content after we begin the account deletion process or receive a content deletion request. If you send content to the bin, the deletion process will automatically begin in thirty days unless you choose to delete the content sooner. While the deletion process for such content is being undertaken, the content is no longer visible to other users. After the content is deleted, it may take us up to another ninety days to remove it from backups and disaster recovery systems.
      Content will not be deleted within ninety days of the account deletion or content deletion process beginning in the following situations:
      • where your content has been used by others in accordance with this licence and they have not deleted it (in which case this licence will continue to apply until that content is deleted);
      • where deletion within ninety days is not possible due to technical limitations of our systems, in which case, we will complete the deletion as soon as technically feasible; or
      • Where immediate deletion would restrict our ability to:
        • investigate or identify illegal activity or breaches of our Terms and Policies (for example, to identify or investigate misuse of our Products or systems);
        • protect the safety, integrity and security of our Products, systems, services and users, and to defend ourselves;
        • comply with legal obligations for the preservation of evidence, including data that Meta Companies providing financial products and services preserve to comply with any record-keeping obligations required by law; or
        • comply with a request of a judicial or administrative authority, law enforcement or a government agency;
    2. in which case, the content will be retained for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it has been retained (the exact duration will vary on a case-by-case basis).
      In each of the above cases, this licence will continue until the content has been fully deleted.
    3. Use of your name, profile picture and information about your actions with ads and sponsored or commercial content: Your name and profile picture and information about actions that you have taken on Facebook can be used next to or in connection with ads, offers and other sponsored or commercial 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 Facebook Page created by a brand that has paid us to display its ads on Facebook. Ads and content such as this can only be seen by people who have your permission to see the actions that you've taken on Meta Products. You can learn more about your ad settings and preferences.
    4. Permission to update software that you use or download: If you download or use our software, you give us permission to download and install updates to the software where available.

  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 licence) to modify, translate, create derivative works of, decompile or reverse-engineer our products or their components, or otherwise attempt to extract source code from us, unless an exception or limitation applies under applicable law or your conduct relates to the Meta Bug Bounty Programme.

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 to promote a safe and secure experience on our Products and services, and/or to comply with applicable law. We will only make any changes if the provisions are no longer appropriate or if they are incomplete, and only if the changes are reasonable for you in consideration of your interests, or if the changes are required for safety and security purposes or to comply with applicable law.
    We will notify you (for example, by email or through our Products) at least thirty days before we make changes to these Terms and give you an opportunity to review them before they go into effect, unless the changes are required by law. We will inform you about this thirty-day period and its importance in our notification. 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 Meta 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.
    Our right to terminate for good cause remains unaffected. Good cause is specifically if a party violates obligations under these Terms, any laws, third-party rights or privacy policies, and the terminating party cannot be expected to continue the contractual relationship under consideration of all circumstances of the individual case and having weighed the interests of both parties up until the agreed time of termination or the expiry of a period of notice. A termination for good cause is only possible within a reasonable time frame after becoming aware of the violation.
    If the good cause is a breach of an obligation of these Terms, termination is only permitted after an unsuccessful granted cure duty has expired, or after an unsuccessful warning. However, a time limit for remedy and a warning are not necessary if the other side refuses to fulfil their obligations seriously and with finality, or if special circumstances justify an immediate termination, having weighed the interests of both parties.
    You can learn more about what you can do if your account has been disabled and how to contact us if you think that we have disabled your account by mistake.
    If you delete or we disable or delete your account, these Terms shall terminate as an agreement between you and us, but the following provisions will remain in place: 3.3.1, 4.2-4.5.

  3. Limits on liability
    We are liable only as follows: We have unlimited liability in accordance with statutory provisions: arising out of injury that is damaging to life, limb or health; in case of intent; of gross negligence; and in accordance with the Product Liability Act.
    Without limiting any of the above, we shall be liable for slight negligence only in the case of violation of an "Essential" obligation under this agreement. "Essential" obligations in this sense are obligations necessary for the fulfilment of the agreement, the breach of which would jeopardise the purpose of the agreement in question, and which you can trust to be complied with. In these cases, liability is limited to typical and foreseeable damages; in other cases, there is no liability for slight negligence.

  4. Disputes
    If a claim or dispute arises out of or relates to your use of the Meta Products as a consumer, both you and us agree that you may resolve your individual claim or dispute against us, and we may resolve our claim or dispute against you, in any competent court in the country of your main residence that has jurisdiction over your claim or dispute, and the laws of that country will apply without regard to conflict of law provisions.
    If a claim or dispute arises between us that relates to use of the Meta Products in any other capacity, including, but not limited to, access or use of the Meta Products for a business or commercial purpose, or that an entity brings on your behalf, you agree that any such claim or dispute must be resolved in a competent court in Ireland and Irish law will apply to such claim or dispute without regard to conflict of law provisions.

  5. Other
    1. These Terms (formerly known as the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities) make up the entire agreement between you and Meta Platforms Ireland Limited regarding your use of our Products. They supersede any prior agreements.
    2. Some of the Products that we offer are also governed by supplemental Terms. If you use any of these Products, you will be provided with an opportunity to agree to supplemental Terms that 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 that any supplemental Terms conflict with these Terms, the supplemental Terms shall govern to the extent of the conflict.
    3. If any portion of these Terms is 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.
    4. You will not transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms to anyone else without our consent.
    5. You may designate a person (Called a legacy contact) to manage your account if it is memorialised. If you enable it in your settings, only your legacy contact or a person who you have identified in a valid will or similar legal document expressing clear consent to disclose your content to that person upon death or incapacity will be able to seek limited disclosure of information from your account after it is memorialised.
    6. These Terms do not confer any third-party beneficiary rights. All of our contractual 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.
    7. We may 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).
    8. We always appreciate your feedback and other suggestions about our products and services. But we may use feedback and other suggestions without any restriction, and we are under no obligation to keep them confidential.
    9. If the ownership or control of all or part of our Products or their assets changes, this could result in a transfer of your information to the new owner.


5. Other Terms and Policies that may apply to you
  • Community Standards: These guidelines outline our standards regarding the content that you post to Facebook and your activity on Facebook and other Meta Products.
  • Commercial Terms: 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.
  • Community Payment Terms: These Terms apply to payments made on or through Meta Products.
  • Commerce Policies: These guidelines outline the policies that apply when you offer products or services for sale on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
  • Music guidelines: These guidelines outline the policies that apply if you post or share content containing music on any Meta Products.
  • Advertising Policies: These policies apply to partners who advertise across the Meta Products and specify what types of ad content are allowed by partners who advertise across the Meta 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.
  • Facebook 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 promotion.
  • Meta Platform Policy: These Terms apply to the use of the set of APIs, SDKs, tools, plugins, code, technology, content and services that enables others to develop functionality, retrieve data from MetaProducts or provide data to us.
  • Developer Payment Terms: These Terms apply to developers of applications that use Facebook Payments.
  • Meta brand resources: These guidelines outline the policies that apply to use of Meta trademarks, logos and screenshots.
  • Recommendations guidelines: The Facebook recommendations guidelines and Instagram recommendations guidelines outline our standards for recommending and not recommending content.
  • Live Policies: These policies apply to all content broadcast to Facebook Live.
  • Messaging services terms relevant for EU, EEA and UK users: terms applicable to the messaging, voice and video calling services included in Facebook Products are listed here and here in accordance with EU rules.

Date of last revision: 26 July 2022
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