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People power! - Pressure from angry members has made Facebook backtrack on their decision to change its Terms of Use.

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The popular social networking site Facebook have listened to their members and have returned to their old Terms of Use while they “resolve the issues that people have raised.
 
ePHOTOzine reported yesterday that the site had changed the Termination and Changes section of the Terms of Use to say: “The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other.
 
Which meant even if you deleted your account any content, including photographs would remain.
 
Facebook have now posted a response on the main page of the site which is asking for members to share their thoughts on what should be in the new terms and Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook also posted a response.
 
He said: “Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information. Based on this feedback, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.

Many of us at Facebook spent most of today discussing how best to move forward. One approach would have been to quickly amend the new terms with new language to clarify our positions further. Another approach was simply to revert to our old terms while we begin working on our next version. As we thought through this, we reached out to respected organizations to get their input...
 
Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described yesterday around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand. Since this will be the governing document that we'll all live by, Facebook users will have a lot of input in crafting these terms.

You have my commitment that we'll do all of these things, but in order to do them right it will take a little bit of time. We expect to complete this in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we've changed the terms back to what existed before the February 4th change, which was what most people asked us for and was the recommendation of the outside experts we consulted.”

ePHOTOzine still haven't received an official response from Facebook but we will be watching to see how they resolve this issue.


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