Some of you might be wondering what the hell is going on with Facebook requesting users to not use the terms “Poke, “Book,” and “Face.” It’s simple: the social media giant sees it as an infringement of their trademarks and is working on a trademark for the term “Book”
Ars Technica reports Facebook has 73 active trademarks listed: including the terms “FB,” “Wall,” “Facepile,” “Friendfeed,” and the letter “F.”
Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities states the following: “You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook, F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Wall, and 32665), or any confusingly similar marks, without our written permission.” The term “Book” has yet to be included in the list.
Just know that by signing into your account, you’re agreeing to oblige by these terms. That’s absolutely absurd. You can view the changes on the 9-page document here.