Facebook Recants After TOS Scandal

February 18, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – ChattahBox previously reported (yesterday) that Facebook had changed their TOS last week, claiming that any information ever posted forever became property of Facebook, even if you removed your profile, and could be used in any way they chose. After considerable outrage, and a number of responses, the social networking giant has recanted on that particular policy…at least temporarily.

It’s right there on the front page when you sign into your account, the new Terms of Use Update sitting at the top of the screen, much more public then the secretive change they tried to implicate on Sunday.

“Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.”

Facebook claims this is a temporary measure that they are taking, as they move to address issues brought up by users, and to decide on new policies that may work better. They also claim that the TOS has been put in place for the users own good, in order to retain messages if another user deleted their account. But many say that this logic is faulty at best, and deception at worst.

“It appears to be going down the same road as Google. Its halo is starting to slip,” Simon Davies, of Privacy International, commented.

“People are entitled to be outraged. It flies in the face of the commitments that the company made to protect user privacy and to improve user controls.”


One Response to “Facebook Recants After TOS Scandal”

  1. david miron on February 19th, 2009 9:58 am

    Here’s my cartoon take on Facebook’s behavior


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