Facebook reverts back to old Terms of Use

Facebook recently made changes to their Terms of Use on their web site, which gave Facebook all permissions of your images, videos, and content when submitting anything to the web site.

The social networking web site received a tremendous response to the update of the policy, which caused a lot of caution flags to go up. The company has responded by removing their recently updated Terms of Use and replacing it with their old Terms of Use while the web site makes adjustments to their policy.

The message posted on the web site reads:
"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.

If you want to share your thoughts on our new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities."

During the writing of the article, Facebook had updated their message again to this:

The revised Terms of Use, now restored to the original, angered a lot of users that posting their content was essentially giving Facebook full rights to the content users submit, including personal stuff such as images, comments and videos.

The Terms of Use is now set back to the old policy, with the stamp on the last revision set to September 23, 2008.

View: Facebooks Terms of Use

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I knew that when facebook did this that alot of users fired back and for good reason, no wonder i don't like social networking sites because of stuff like this.

soldier1st said,
I knew that when facebook did this that alot of users fired back and for good reason, no wonder i don't like social networking sites because of stuff like this.


Have to go along with this. These socially diseased sites should be outlawed, period!!

i find it amusing that people consider facebook their fluffy friend and slate everyone for "overreacting"
They seem to forget that facebook is a company and despite producing an excellent service will s*** all over them in a second if they can make money out of it.

It took 2 weeks for this to get "Blown out of proportion" if you wish and most people are only hearing about it now. Its sneaky even if most of the points raised are hypothetical.

Hah it was me!
I escallated the thing to all newspapers in my country, they printed it, sent it to other agencies and contacted facebook...
A day after that, facebook reacted with reverting back the therms and saying sorry

This is good news in a way, but it doesn't mean they won't try it on again. Their old TOS were bad too. Why they think they need to own your stuff even when you are using the service is a mystery.

Google don't take this view with regard to content you share through their services: your content stays your property.

http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS

If you follow the link in their notice to the Facebook Blog, you can see that they are still working on a new TOS. This isn't really a victory at all, it's a temporary retreat as they find the best way to rephrase what they were trying to say in the first place.

Yes, exactly. They push the right button. Everyone gets angry. They spin their way into a "thoughtful retreat". We forget about the issues. The slip it by us another way. We've seen this many times. It's tragic actually.

Nothing will have changed, they will let the heat die down, and then announce a more creeping TOS change. Use these services at your peril.

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. - George Orwell

See, by "resolve issues," they mean that they will hunt down anybody who disagrees with the TOS and brutally beat them until they click "I agree."

Damn, I was just about to upload a bunch of music, movies, games etc. So they would be owned by Facebook, not the respectful authors. :P

Rev. said,
Damn, I was just about to upload a bunch of music, movies, games etc. So they would be owned by Facebook, not the respectful authors. :P

lol... cheers!

If I were them, I wouldn't have reverted back, but their clicks per ad count would have dropped, so I see why they did.

Perhaps young people need a slap in the face like this to finally wake up and realize what you put online is no longer "your" property, it is "public" property.

Even with FB reverting back, what is to stop someone on your friends list from accessing your so-called private profile (which you allowed them access to) and grab every picture and statement and paste them elsewhere or sell the info to places that love to collect this information and sell to colleges, employers, etc.

No one is holding a gun to your head while you write your nonsense messages and upload your embarrassing photos. So, don't act shocked when they are out there for the world to see/read and don't blame anyone for your lack of judgement, privacy concerns or anything.

"I get so confused sometimes: I used to be on MySpace, but now I'm on Facebook and there have been times when I have invited friends to 'come on MyFace'."

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