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Facebook withdraws TOS changes after protests

After a wave of protests from its users, the Facebook social networking site said on Wednesday that it would withdraw changes to its so-called terms of service concerning the data supplied by the tens of millions of people who use it. The about-face was made known to many users in a message posted on the Facebook home page saying : “Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.” The posting invited users to click on a link to get more details.

Earlier this month, Facebook deleted a provision from its terms of service that said users could remove their content at any time, at which time the license would expire. It added new language that said Facebook would retain users’ content and licenses after an account was terminated. The changes in the terms of service had gone mostly unnoticed until Sunday, when the blog Consumerist cited them and interpreted them to mean that “anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later.” Given the widespread popularity of Facebook — by some measurements the most popular social network with 175 million active users worldwide — that claim attracted attention immediately. Mr. Zuckerberg added that Facebook’s next revision of terms would reflect “a new approach” and would be “a substantial revision from where we are now.”

Source: NY Times


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  1. joe
    February 18th, 2009 | 15:10

    Whoa… nice going there with your spam Mr Harris. Admin please ban that trool.

  2. Asif2BD
    February 18th, 2009 | 16:20

    Thats a pathetic move they made previously. How could they get the guts to do that.
    But its nice to see Mark team got their mind back.
    BTW a while ago i posted about one virus/spy ware related spread from facebook
    Here is the link

  3. Fail
    February 18th, 2009 | 16:29


  4. jason
    February 18th, 2009 | 16:54
  5. a
    February 18th, 2009 | 17:05


  6. pwnd
    February 18th, 2009 | 17:42


  7. Cpt. Obvious
    February 18th, 2009 | 20:40

    The [now revoked] update to the ToS just means that anything on their servers will stay on their servers in the case that you delete your profile.

    It's a way that they can save time and money by not having to remove any trace of your existence from their systems.

    You [already, and still have to] agree to let them use anything you put on their site to further their world domination, so to speak.

    In a nutshell, all of your stuff can be used in advertising [by Facebook itself] to promote the site…

    That's it. The Consumerist is also quite the alarmist.

  8. telekinesis
    February 18th, 2009 | 21:19

    Facebook appeals to a kind of vanity and self-importance in us. If I put up a flattering picture with a list of my favorite things, I can construct an artificial representation of who I am to get sex or approval.

  9. telekinesis
    February 18th, 2009 | 21:22

    Facebook appeals to a kind of vanity and self-importance in us. If I put up a flattering picture with a list of my favourite things, I can construct an artificial representation of who I am to get sex or approval.

  10. miles
    February 18th, 2009 | 21:41

    @9+10, and the problem with that is what?

  11. J3ph_42
    February 18th, 2009 | 22:54

    This self-importance is generally unwarranted.

  12. Hmmmm
    February 19th, 2009 | 02:32

    They better had …. see what happens when the people join together to get what they want?