Who owns your photos once you upload them to “free” sites such as Facebook or Google Photos?

Randy rattles off some stats and goes to bed.


  • 1.59 Billion log into Facebook each day. – Out of all of those Facebook Profiles, there are 83 million fake ones  – Hacking your aunt’s account, creating a clone profile and trying to add you as a friend. 300 Million photos are uploaded each day. 

Who owns those photos that you voluntarily upload to sites such as Facebook and Google Photos?

  • You do.

How-To Geek did a write-up on this a couple of years ago and boiled it down to:

Facebook gets a “non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license” to your photos.

To sum up, this all means that:

  • Facebook doesn’t own your content, you do.
  • Facebook’s terms of service sound scary but really aren’t.
  • Your privacy settings control how Facebook uses your photos.


Closing Remarks

The main thing to keep in mind for all of these “Free” products is the phrase that you’ve probably already heard…something along the lines of: “If the product is free, then you’re  the product”.

Think about that: Online companies like Google earn their money from ADVERTISING! Also know that they suck up any data they can like a massive vacuum, growing this advertising beast exponentially. If Google (and Facebook) know everything about everybody (it’s getting to the point where it’s hard to avoid them), they can advertise to you very efficiently. Combine this situation with Google who controls the world’s most popular Browser: Chrome – and then making it harder for users to block ads. 

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