Facebook backtracks on TOS change after protests

By on February 18, 2009, 12:03 PM
In an about-face following a flood of online criticism, Facebook has reversed a change to its terms of service that seemed to grant the social network perpetual rights to photos and other uploaded content, even after a user has canceled his account. The change involved deleting just a single clause yet it sparked a wave of protests from its users and privacy advocates everywhere.

The problem lies in that Facebook tweaked its terms without any heads up and gave itself broad rights over user content. After unsuccessfully trying to alleviate angry users, founder Mark Zuckerberg has now issued an apology for what it called a “confusion” over the TOS change and said they are now going back to the drawing board to craft a revised version of their terms, a process in which users can participate by posting their questions and other thoughts here.

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