People can use FriendsMe's services to connect with one another, form communities, and expand their companies. Except where we clearly specify that separate terms apply, these Terms govern your use of FriendsMe and the other products, features, apps, services, technology, and software that we offer.
FriendsMe and the other products and services covered by these Terms are free to use. Businesses and organisations, on the other hand, pay us to display you advertisements for their products and services. By using our Products, you consent to us showing you advertisements that we believe are relevant to you and your interests. We use your personal information to help us decide which advertisements to show you.
We don't sell or disclose anything that directly identifies you (such as your name, email address, or other contact information) with advertising unless you give us explicit permission. Instead, advertisers can tell us things like the type of audience they'd like to see their ads in, and we'll show them to people who might be interested. We provide marketers with insights on ad performance that help them better understand how people interact with their content.
Our Data Policy describes how we gather and use your personal information to determine which advertising you see and to provide the additional services listed below. You can also review your privacy choices regarding how we use your data at any time by going to your settings.
Our goal is to empower people to form communities and bring the world closer together. To assist you in achieving this goal, we provide the following products and services.:
Provide a personalised experience for you:
From the posts, stories, events, adverts, and other content you see in News Feed or our video platform to the FriendsMe Pages you follow and other tools you could use, such as Trending, FriendsMe Marketplace, and search, your experience on FriendsMe is unlike anybody else's. We personalise your experience based on the information we have about you, including as the connections you make, the choices and settings you make, and what you share and do on and off our Products.
Connect you with the people and organisations who matter to you:
Across the FriendsMe Products you use, we help you identify and connect with people, groups, businesses, organisations, and others who matter to you. We utilise the information we have to produce recommendations for you and others, such as groups to join, events to attend, FriendsMe Pages to follow or contact, shows to watch, and people you might like to friend. Better communities are built on stronger links, and we believe that our services are most beneficial when people are connected to the people, groups, and organisations that matter to them.
Allow you to express yourself and speak about the things that are important to you:
There are many ways to express yourself on FriendsMe and communicate with friends, family, and others about what matters to you, such as sharing status updates, photos, videos, and stories across all FriendsMe Products, sending messages to a friend or several friends, creating events or groups, and adding content to your profile. On FriendsMe Products, we've also pioneered and are continuing to investigate new ways for consumers to employ technology, such as augmented reality and 360 video, to create and share more expressive and engaging content.
Assist you in finding content, goods, and services that may be of interest to 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 organisations that use FriendsMe. Section 2 below explains this in more detail.
Protect and support our community while combating destructive behaviour:
People will only form communities on FriendsMe Products if they feel secure. We have specialised teams all across the world who build complex technology tools to detect misuse of our products, harmful behaviour toward others, and circumstances where we might be able to assist or safeguard our community. If we become aware of such content or behaviour, we will take appropriate action, such as offering assistance, removing the content, limiting or restricting access to particular features, disabling an account, or alerting police enforcement. When we discover misuse or harmful behaviour by someone using one of our Products, we share it with other FriendsMe Companies.
Use and develop advanced technology to ensure that everyone has access to safe and functional services:
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 FriendsMe. 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 to develop, test and improve our Products. This includes analysing the data we have about our users and understanding how people use our Products, for example by conducting surveys and testing and troubleshooting new features. Our Data Policy explains how we use data to support this research for the purposes of developing and improving our services.
Ensure that the FriendsMe Company's products have a consistent and seamless experience:
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 FriendsMe Company Products that you use.
Instead of paying to utilise FriendsMe and the other products and services we provide, you agree that by using the FriendsMe Products covered by these Terms, you consent to us showing you ads that businesses and organisations pay us to promote on and off the FriendsMe Company Products. We utilise information about your behaviour and interests, as well as your personal data, to offer you adverts 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 swimming). We then show their ad to people who might be interested.
We also provide marketers with ad performance reports to assist them understand how people interact with their content both on and off FriendsMe. For example, to assist advertisers better understand their audience, we provide generic demographic and interest information to them (for example, that an ad was seen by a woman between the ages of 25 and 34 who resides in Delhi and likes Lenovo Laptops). 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.
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.
These services are provided to you and others to aid in the advancement of our mission. We ask that you make the following obligations in exchange:
When people stand behind their opinions and actions, our community is safer and more accountable. For this reason, you must:
We try to make FriendsMe broadly available to everyone, but you cannot use FriendsMe if:
We want people to use FriendsMe 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):
We have the authority to remove or restrict access to content that violates these terms.
Unless you seriously or repeatedly violate these Terms, or unless doing so may expose us or others to legal liability; harm our community of users; compromise or interfere with the integrity or operation of any of our services, systems, or Products; or where we are restricted due to technical limitations, we will let you know and explain any options you have to request another review.
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.
We also can remove or restrict access to your content, services or information if we determine that doing so is reasonably necessary to avoid or mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impacts to FriendsMe.
We need certain permissions from you to provide our services:
You own the intellectual property rights (things such as copyright or trademarks) in any such content that you create and share on FriendsMe and other FriendsMe Company Products you use. 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.
However, to provide our services, we need you to give us some legal permissions (known as a ‘licence') to use this content. This is solely for the purposes of providing and improving our Products and services as described in Section 1 above.
You grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free and worldwide licence to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content when you share, post, or upload content that is protected by intellectual property rights on or in connection with our Products (consistent with your privacy and application settings). This implies that whenever you share a photo on FriendsMe, you're giving us permission to store, copy, and share it with others (again, according to your preferences), such as service providers who support our service or other FriendsMe Products you use. This licence will end when your content is deleted from our systems.
You can delete content individually or all at once by deleting your account. Learn more about how to delete your account. You can download a copy of your data at any time before deleting your account.
When you delete content, it's no longer visible to other users; however, it may continue to exist elsewhere on our systems where.
We retain all rights to content that you add to content that you create or share on FriendsMe that is protected by intellectual property rights that we own and make available in our Products (for example, images, designs, videos, or sounds that we provide and that you add to content that you create or share on FriendsMe) (but not yours). You may only use our copyrights or trademarks (or any comparable marks) if our Brand Usage Guidelines clearly allow it or if we have given you prior written authorization. To change, produce derivative works of, decompile, or otherwise seek to extract source code from us, you must first receive our explicit permission (or authorization under an open-source licence).
We're always working to enhance our services and add new features to make our products better for you and the community. As a result, we may need to alter these Terms from time to time to reflect our services and activities more precisely. Only if the provisions are no longer suitable or incomplete, and only if the adjustments are reasonable and take into account your interests, will we make changes.
We will notify you (for example, by email or through our Products) at least 30 days before we make changes to these Terms and give you an opportunity to review them before they go into effect, unless changes are required by law. 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 FriendsMe community, you can delete your account at any time.
We want FriendsMe to be a place where people can express themselves and share their ideas without fear of being judged.
We may suspend or permanently disable your account if we determine that you have plainly, seriously, or repeatedly violated our Terms or Policies, including our Community Standards. If you regularly infringe on other people's intellectual property rights, or if we are obliged to do so by law, we may suspend or disable your account.
Where we take such action, we'll let you know and explain any options you have to request a review, unless doing so may expose us or others to legal liability; harm our community of users; compromise or interfere with the integrity or operation of any of our services, systems or Products; or where we are restricted due to technical limitations; or where we are prohibited from doing so for legal reasons.
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 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.
We strive to give the finest Products possible while also establishing clear standards for everyone who utilises them. Our Products, on the other hand, are given "as is," with no assurances that they will always be safe, secure, or free of errors, or that they will perform without interruptions, delays, or flaws. We also DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, 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 that they share (including offensive, inappropriate, obscene, unlawful and other objectionable content).
We have no way of knowing when problems with our products will develop. As a result, our liability is limited to the fullest extent permitted by law, and we will not be liable to you for any lost profits, revenues, information, or data, or any consequential, special, indirect, exemplary, punitive, or incidental damages arising out of or related to these Terms or the FriendsMe 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 upfront where it can be resolved and what laws will apply.
If you are a consumer, the laws of the nation in which you reside will govern any claim, cause of action, or disagreement you have against us that arises out of or relates to these Terms or the FriendsMe Products, and you may resolve your claim in any appropriate court in that country. You agree that the claim must be decided exclusively in the United States in all other situations. The Northern District of California District Court or a state court in San Mateo County. You also agree 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.