Facebook Changes Back to Original Terms Of Service

By: Daniel Kopf

Facebook reverted back to its original terms of use Wednesday after facing thousands of complaints from its users.

Facebook’s term of service policy came under fire last week when the website The Consumerist pointed out the deletion of a line in Facebook’s Terms of Use. The line was replaced with the following “You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. … However, you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”

These terms state that Facebook has rights to all information on a users profile even after it is deleted.

Marist College Res Net employee Joey Carmello supports Facebook’s previous policy, “If people use Facebook than the website has the right to do what they want with their content.” The users of Facebook disagreed however, as 58% voted yes to a Facebook poll asking if a change in the terms of service was needed.

Along with the resounding poll results thousands of groups protesting the new terms sprouted demanding action and spreading petitions.

“It seemed fairly unconstitutional, Facebook as a system works why change it” said TCNJ Sophomore Dan Frieri.

markzuckerbergAccompanied by a media storm and pressure by its users, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an explanation on his blog Wednesday explaining the move back to the old terms of service. “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.”

“They had the right to distribute my information you put on Facebook as well as the right to sub-license it out to other companies. I’m glad they can no longer use my information for profitable gain,” said Marist College Sophomore Andrew Fritzer.

Zuckerberg has also invited Facebook users to input their opinion into the next terms of service.

“I’m glad to see Mark Zuckerberg put his best foot forward and offer a chance for facebook uses to have an input in the website,” said Marist Sophomore Nick Seinfeld. It was a foolish business decision not to take into account the ramification of holding on to people’s personal information forever.”

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One response to “Facebook Changes Back to Original Terms Of Service

  1. I enjoyed reading your commentary on Facebook,it shows how free things are not really free.
    However I wanted to know what is your take about Africa and e-commerce.Don’t you think Africa has been left out of the internet gains in terms of profitable online trading?
    Has Africa been “technologized” enough to compete fairly on line?

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