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It was time for Facebook to save face by facing up to the facts (I know, I’m sorry).
Staring at data showing that 56 percent of Facebook users wanted the old TOS back AND even a possible complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook has now decided to revert to their OLD Terms of Service.
Facebook had introduced a number of changes to their Terms of Service earlier this month that CEO Mark Zuckerberg now calls “overly formal and protective.”
One issue with that version was a clause stating that Facebook owns your personal data indefinitely, even if you delete your own account. Another issue was verbiage saying that Facebook owned licensing rights to content on sites that let users share information back to Facebook.
The company plans to unveil a new new version that will be written in “language everyone can understand.” It’s also asking for feedback from its members in a Facebook group it has set up, accommodatingly titled the “Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.”
From the company blog post Zuckerberg just published:
Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described yesterday around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand. Since this will be the governing document that we’ll all live by, Facebook users will have a lot of input in crafting these terms.
It’s important that people continue the keep the pressure on Facebook and don’t stop protesting now that Facebook has “caved in” on the most recent change.
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