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Have Facebook gone too far?

Have Facebook gone too far? - Changes to Facebook's Terms of Use means your content will survive even if you delete your account.

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The popular social networking site Facebook changed their Terms of Use last week which has left many members angry.
Even though the site has always had an “irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license” the Termination and Changes section of the Terms of Use now state: “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 means even if you delete and remove your account any content, including your images will still remain.
Many members are angry at the changes, with groups protesting and asking Facebook to re-think the alterations they have made. One group is even counting down to a mass deletion of accounts with one member saying: “Mark Z. You've gone too far.
Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg has posted a response which states Facebook wouldn't share your information in a way you wouldn't want and that people own their information and control who they share it with. He wrote: “A lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective of the rights we need to provide this service to you. Over time we will continue to clarify our positions and make the terms simpler.
Still, the interesting thing about this change in our terms is that it highlights the importance of these issues and their complexity. People want full ownership and control of their information so they can turn off access to it at any time. At the same time, people also want to be able to bring the information others have shared with them—like email addresses, phone numbers, photos and so on—to other services and grant those services access to those people's information. These two positions are at odds with each other. There is no system today that enables me to share my email address with you and then simultaneously lets me control who you share it with and also lets you control what services you share it with.

We're at an interesting point in the development of the open online world where these issues are being worked out. It's difficult terrain to navigate and we're going to make some missteps, but as the leading service for sharing information we take these issues and our responsibility to help resolve them very seriously. This is a big focus for us this year, and I'll post some more thoughts on openness and these other issues soon

ePHOTOzine have contacted Facebook but have not yet received a response.

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User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
17 Feb 2009 12:01PM

Quote:ePHOTOzine have contacted Facebook but have not yet received a response.

Well done Team - keep the pressure on. EPZ take a lead again. Excellent.

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NikLG 12 1.7k England
17 Feb 2009 1:03PM
I was under the impression that they always HAD done that anyway.
I 'deleted' my facebook account last year, then re-joined for a while and all my content was still there.. ( deleted it again since.. )
Kako 11 159
17 Feb 2009 3:23PM
Have never for the life of me, been able to work out why anyone would want to post their life history online for any crank or spy agency to hoover up. Its probably worth creating an online persona that is totally unlike you as a person for use online just to knacker these government databases.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2011 6:27PM
I agree completely Kako. Then again I don't get the whole Facebook/Twitter thing anyway.

I have no idea what Mark Z means by

Quote: people also want to be able to bring the information others have shared with themólike email addresses, phone numbers, photos and so onóto other services and grant those services access to those people's information

Surely it is the responsibility of the originator to decide if they want to share that information. Then again, Mark Z has always said publicly that information should know no boundaries and control, so perhaps this is some weasel-worded way of saying 'you're stuffed'.

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