What are you really agreeing to when you click that fateful “agree” button? Terms & Conditions cuts out the legal lingo to spell it out in plain English.
Unlike some other new websites, Digg still has a massive terms-of-service document. So massive that there isn’t a chance anyone (besides me and Digg’s lawyers) is going to ever read it. Which is all the more reason to distill things down into their essential bits.
Digg.com ≠ Digg app
One important thing to take into consideration is that accessing Digg on the Web, and accessing Digg through its iOS app are different, legally speaking. By that I mean, you expose yourself to the staggering bombardment of Apple’s iTunes terms when you opt for the the Digg app.
(We haven’t covered iTunes at T&C yet, but we will soon.)
Unlike some other online sites or services, Digg does not limit the types of content you can submit too tightly. Just don’t reveal anyone’s identity, post links to viruses, or anything that infringes copyrights, and you should be alright. That said, Digg does reserve the right to block or delete any content it wishes.
All on you
Keep in mind that anything you submit to Digg is your responsibility. Digg explicitly states that it is not responsible for anything you do on the site. That means, if some person or company wants to sue because of something you submitted to Digg, it’s time to lawyer up.
Don’t blame Digg
In a similar vein, Digg’s terms completely remove the company from any liability (except in states that wisely don’t allow companies to do that). This means that you can’t sue Digg if you get a virus by clicking on a link through the website. And even if you can sue them, you are exempt from receiving damages that are greater than what you pay for using Digg.com (i.e. nothing) or the Digg app (i.e. nothing).
Ready, set, morph
Finally, Digg reserves the right to change its terms of service anytime it wishes. If the company does this, expect to see a notice on the Digg website, or in your email.
From the document:
Digg is designed to help you share information that you or people you choose to follow locate on the web with others. As a result, much of the information generated through Digg is shared publicly or with third parties. All Digg content is public. Your activity on the Digg network is public and can be distributed to anyone that follows you. We may also distribute content and feeds through an email digest to users who have elected to receive such email digests.
This means all your “diggs,” URL submission, and pretty much everything else related to your account activities could be public. So don’t go linking to things you might regret.
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