Facebook Considers Caving To Massive Pressure For Privacy Changes

May 19, 2010

US (ChattahBox) – Between global organizations, lawmakers, and users crying out over the ridiculous privacy violations that have created a movement for mass deletion on May 31, Facebook has announced that they are talking over ‘simplifying’ their user’s privacy settings.

The code here seems to mean that they are hearing the huge number of complaints that have led to almost 6,000 people so far pledging to delete their Facebook accounts at the end of the month. It is getting to a pretty high number, and they have no choice but to take notice.

But more than that, calls from US Senators and many officials within the EU have probably made them a little nervous, the issue not going off as smoothly as they had hoped.

Those who have no yet deleted have also been effecting their market research by deleting any fan pages, interests, or any information that might lead to specific ad generation on their profiles.

But this means little, when you consider past policies that mean they own anything you put on their site. That includes pictures.

According to their terms of use:

“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”

Deleting information will not keep them from using it, either.

Will this be one of the changes made by the social networking giant? It isn’t clear. So far, all we know is that they are paying attention.

“Now we’ve heard from our users that we have gotten a little bit complex,” public policy head Tim Sparapani said.

“I think we are going to work on that. We are going to be providing options for users who want simplistic bands of privacy that they can choose from and I think we will see that in the next couple of weeks.”


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