Facebook: please don't delete your account

After recent news of Facebook updating their Terms of Use to make all content posted on the web site theirs, and a follow up of removing the updated Terms of Use, and reverting back to the original put a lot of Facebook users contemplating deleting their Facebook account.

Facebook has updated their site with a caution warning and apology about the recent change of Terms of Use when attempting to deactivate or delete your account.


The message reads:
Are you deleting because you are concerned about Facebook's Terms of Service? 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.

Users deleting their Facebook account will permanently lose all their content and be unable to restore their account.

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Is anyone else contemplating deleting their account just BECAUSE they claim "confusion" and it was a "mistake" for what they did? Do they think that we are all idiots and believe that ****? Karma will catch up to you in the end mr. zuckerburg.

Well, it IS a PR mistake on Facebook's, no question about that. Once a company makes a mistake of this amplitude, and gets such a backlash, chances are they won't try to pull such a stunt for quite a while, if not ever.

However, I agree that the term "confusion" is a pathetic attempt to tone it all down.

This still isn't clear.

It says "You own the information" pictures isn't really 'information' so can they still get away saying they own the pictures?

The number of people deleting their Facebook accounts over the recent ToS changes, or any reason for that matter, is minuscule. In comparison to the number of new users (600,000 per day), it's next to nothing.

new users = mostly clones, fakes.
While the people that delete their account because the TOS are real people putting real information.

I subscribed, took a quick look, never got back, and finally asked for deletion of my account and blocks all the Facebook invites on my email address.

They have had simillar terms in past a TOS, do not think they will not do it again. It's in their long term plan, just ask their CTO.

Meh, if they want to own the crappy pictures of me along with the random bull**** people post on my wall and in my "What are you doing now?" tidbits, they can have them.

Facebook founders will cry, most of the comments on the app store page will be about this and facebook will need to invest in something new to draw people back, just to have them leave once more

I think the problem they face is one of 'the cat out the bag' type. They've shown their ultimate intention with this recent change - that seemingly being to wholly own the user-submitted content so that it becomes a sellable commodity. The 'mistake', I suspect, was wording it so that it was so blatantly obvious.

That said, in my view, people who use such sites generally deserve all that they get in the long-term. People give so much of and about themselves away for free these days, with little or no thought of the future ramifications.

Users don't deserve to have their content automatically owned by Facebook although I agree people tend to be too rtusting when it comes to their personal information.

I have to agree with m.kelley. if you have nothing illegal, then no one should be looking up your stuff. If you do have illegal things then yes, I can see what facebook did as a good idea, but otherwise just back off facebook.

All those information already belongs to facebook and those information is already out in the open. Facebook just didn't want to be sued in the very near future so they change the TOS to reflect their intentions.

They need to post a video of them flogging the lawyers that came up with the "new" terms of service... Probably the same crew that came up with "New Coke" back in the day.

Why do people care about the terms of service? Facebook's a great site, and no terms of service could make me leave it.

Some people care because to some extent, the ToS you agree to, gives Facebook certain rights. If you don't read the ToS and just go 'Yes yes yes agree' the way most people install software (next, next, next, finish) then you could be giving a website Power of Attorney and not even know it.

That's a super smart thing to do. Do you also sign contracts without reading them?

No I read terms of services all the time, especially when I'm using Windows (because of spyware and adware). It's just that the new terms weren't even that bad, and I find it odd that it made people want to delete their accounts.

Probably pretty bad, which is why you only put public information on Facebook.

I didn't like the new TOS, but it wasn't that big of a deal. If the 200 or so people on my friends list, and then their friends, can see the content, there's nothing 'private' about it anyway.

Danielz: First of all, I am sorry about what I am going to say.

Your mentality reminds me of many of the people that just recently started to use computers. When ever security issues are discussed, they just say, "Hay, hackers can hack into my computer any time. I don't have anything important for them to take." There's a more informed users and then there's, well you know the rest of the saying goes.

simon360 said,
Probably pretty bad, which is why you only put public information on Facebook.

I didn't like the new TOS, but it wasn't that big of a deal. If the 200 or so people on my friends list, and then their friends, can see the content, there's nothing 'private' about it anyway.

Exactly.

@Krome- I've actually been using the computer for most of my life, and I do have important stuff on my machine, but I keep all the important things on my hard drive, and not on the internet. If I've learned one thing over my years of being on the internet, it's that you shouldn't trust anybody or anything with important data. Maybe I'm a little paranoid.

Ha ha! All this drama happens around about the time I consider deleting my Facebook account! Somehow its not as much fun as it used to be. Maybe its because it grew up and started wearing a suit-and-tie. :P

Facebook is indeed a fading fad. Unless it changes considerably this year, it will die. Maybe its why The Zuck changed the terms and conditions in the first place.

For me, it was fun in the beginning meeting old mates online. The fad is over. Its time to move on now.

"Facebook is indeed a fading fad."

Really? Unless, if by "fading" you mean "continuing to grow in popularity".

"Facebook has hit the 175,000,000 active user mark, just 5 weeks after it hit 150 million users in January. At this rate, Facebook has been growing by well over 600,000 users per day over the last several weeks, continuing the company̢۪s torrid growth pace."

http://www.insidefacebook.com/2009/02/14/f...-600k-usersday/

I can honestly say that I've never been to the facebook website. I only wish I could say the same of myspace. *shivers*

I just deleted my account, because I certainly know it wasn't confusion on my part as to who owns the content I upload for my friends and family to view.

When I entered the captcha code, I got this message:

Your account has been deactivated from the site and will be permanently deleted within 14 days. If you log into your account within the next 14 days, your account will be reactivated and you will have the option to cancel your request.

So 14 days from now it will be permanently deleted.

lol, wow, so there keeping everything on there servers incase people change there mind, damn they desperate to keep people... I really wanna close my account, but I got 200+ friends on there that would be hard to keep in touch with if I were to removed my account, they got me by the balls...

I'm keeping my account no matter what they say. I like Facebook way too much. Not so much because of its features or the people, but for the website itself. I like the design.

And yet when people threatened to leave because they forced everyone onto the train-wreck known as "New Facebook", they didn't seem to care. Interesting.

Every lost user though is a lost opportunity for advertising revenue. We can't have that

I must be one of the few who didn't get all the outrage over the new layout. Just like adapting Win7's superbar, things have to eventually change - and for one I'm glad the first page I see on a friend's profile isn't spammed to hell with app boxes everywhere and their wall box located 50 feet below.

Exactly rm20010, the new layout for Facebook was a big welcome for me, and was needed to save Facebook IMO. I was so damn sick of waiting for someones page to load, even with my highspeed connected and a fast computer, because they got so many damn apps on there page, that was u put so well, there wall was 50 feet below, lol.

lol
to be honest, i was one of biggest ie fans until i started using facebook in mid 2008 when the old layout was there, when i noticed that it was impossible to load almost any facebook profile using ie7, even ie8 beta of that time, was impossible to see anything special even pics or friedlists of someone before waiting for entire huge page to load fully, that was why i switched to firefox and stayed on it until now ! (in the beginning was using it only for facebook then just made it my default browser)

kInG aLeXo said,
lol
to be honest, i was one of biggest ie fans until i started using facebook in mid 2008 when the old layout was there, when i noticed that it was impossible to load almost any facebook profile using ie7, even ie8 beta of that time, was impossible to see anything special even pics or friedlists of someone before waiting for entire huge page to load fully, that was why i switched to firefox and stayed on it until now ! (in the beginning was using it only for facebook then just made it my default browser)

I thought the new layout was much better. It only upset the internet n00bs who can't handle change as they rely on memory instead of understanding interfaces. Point click, click, click, uh oh! button not there what now omg wtf!

I prefered the internet pre 2000 when it was geeks only, tbh. You only have to look at the groups on facebook to understand the low level of intelligence that lurks there now. The same applies with Neowin, it used to be 100% helpful community, now it's packed full of trolls and argumentative morons.

I kinda find their deactivation page funny. It lists 5 random friends who will "miss me." (The same message listed in this news post appears there as well.)

How do you delete an account anyways? I thought you could only deactivate it. (no, I don't plan on deleting or deactivating my account anytime soon, just curious.)
edit: consult their help topics for a delete link.