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Please don't leave, says Facebook
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Feb 19, 2009 12:15pm
By: NEWS.com.au

FACEBOOK is begging users not to delete their accounts after a controversial policy change.

FACEBOOK is begging users not to delete their accounts after a contentious change to the website's terms of use that has since been withdrawn.

Users who attempt to delete their accounts today are being shown an apology for the policy "mistake" and an assurance that they own content posted to the site.

"Are you deleting because you are concerned about Facebook's Terms of Service?" reads the message, signed by The Facebook Team.

"This was a mistake that we have now corrected. You own the information you put on Facebook and you control what happens to it.

"We are sorry for the confusion."

The apology directs users to yesterday's announcement by founder Mark Zuckberg that the site had dumped the controversial change.

"Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information," the post said.

"Based on this feedback, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised."

Earlier this month Facebook had updated the policy to extend control over content uploaded by users such as photos, messages and personal details.

A clause in the policy that said Facebook's control over content would expire when the user deleted it was removed, The Consumerist reported.

"Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later," the report said.

The change sparked outrage among users, with more than 100,000 joining a group called People Against the new Terms of Service (TOS).

Bloggers also picked apart the policy, with one saying it was worse than that of any of Facebook's competitors.

"I figured I’d do a quick comparison of their terms of service... to the terms specified by other social networking sites, just to see if said outrage is fully justified," wrote Amanda French of New York University.

"Conclusion? Go ahead and be outraged. Facebook’s claims to your content are extraordinarily grabby and arrogant."

In his announcement, Mr Zuckberg said Facebook would ask for input from users when creating the next version of the policy.

"Given its importance, we need to make sure the terms reflect the principles and values of the people using the service," he said.

"Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now."

Mr Zuckberg also said future versions would be "written clearly in a language everyone can understand".

Users who want to give their thoughts on the policy have been encouraged to join the Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities group.
Article from: News.com.au
Source: http://www.optuszoo.com.au/article/n...atest_ndm/1059

The original article can be found in news.com.au, I came across this when checking my internet usage, so I just linked the article from ISP's (Optus)
Edited by bomfunk - 2/19/09 at 1:30am
post #2 of 10
Remember to the add the source in [] Before the title!

Otherwise, nice read.
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Without it's users Facebook is nothing.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kazakia View Post
Without it's users Facebook is nothing.
It's just a lonely, lonely book of faces...
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Their TOS is still insane, they still own everything you do.
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If they wana own pics of my dog and stuff then ok lmao
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this where they start to fall. why do they even want to own people's pictures and info?

what a ridiculous mistake
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Murderous Moppet View Post
Their TOS is still insane, they still own everything you do.
as does almost every other site like that including OCN to a certain extent

Facebook realizing "oh snap, we're in trouble" and actually doubling back, and removing it, was not only a rare thing but a pretty admirable one.
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Can somebody please clarify something for me?

So I draw webcomics every Thursday and Sunday, and post them up on Facebook. Besides the risk of having my evil friends steal their content, should I be worried of the chance that Facebook could claim all my work is theirs?

Thanks (and +REP, of course) to those who could set me straight on this matter.
    
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They could be stalkers and want to rape women. I agree that facebook would be nothing without its members
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