Facebook Responds to Controversy

In civil rights, internet, Technology on February 18, 2009 by Editor Z

Facebook seems to have done a Mia Culpa today, a few weeks after a change of their privacy and wording in the new terms of use that many have interpreted to be a claim that even after a user deleted their account, that Facebook would still claim ownership to the information and pictures any past user may have posted. Some even reacted by deleting thier accounts in protest.

Facebook denied that such a policy was there intent and have posted this new post on the Facebook blog:

Going forward, we’ve decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don’t plan to leave it there for long.

More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren’t just a document that protect our rights; it’s the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world. Given its importance, we need to make sure the terms reflect the principles and values of the people using the service.



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