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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tengeta said:
Well it was certainly BS, if most other companies tried to do that they would be slapped with a class-action suit. Better to just deal with the mistake you made than force something that big to happen though, so I'll give them credit for that.But there is a reason that when I do that crap I do it on Myspace. It may suck more, but they get hacked into a lot less, and all the fake ad-bot profiles have moved to Facebook in the meantime.
soluto said:
Here's my cartoon take on Facebook's behavior [url]http://www.pcdisorder.com/2009/02/facebooks-zuckerberg-
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