The Facebook Fund Fine Print

I sent off an email to the Facebook Fund platform submission email address and received this response.

During this process, however, it has become clear that we will receive proposals which contain similar or even identical ideas. As a result, and in order to protect other developers and us from claims that we or anyone else copied material without the creator’s permission, unless we agree otherwise in writing, we can’t promise that any materials or information you submit here will be kept confidential, or specifically that we or others might not develop similar or identical products or services. Accordingly, we ask that you not submit any materials or information you consider to be confidential or proprietary to this e-mail address.

Why can’t they keep it confidential? If they like my idea is Facebook just going to clone it?

Interesting response… I understand the need to protect themselves but it seems reasonable to assume that fbFund will keep all submissions confidential and not share them with anyone else.

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