After a wave of protests from its users, the Facebook social networking site said on Wednesday that it would withdraw changes to its so-called terms of service concerning the data supplied by the tens of millions of people who use it.
Earlier this month, Facebook deleted a provision from its terms of service that said users could remove their content at any time, at which time the license would expire. It added new language that said Facebook would retain users’ content and licenses after an account was terminated.
Massive props to Consumerist for initially pointing out that, per the new terms,
anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later.
It took them a couple of days, but Facebook responded to the massive online and MSM uproar. People are still troubled by the bad coverage, and an unknown number of users have deleted their accounts.
Consumerist did a fabulous job of not only translating essential legalese into people-speak, but of catalyzing awareness of how Terms of Service in general aren’t set up in a mutually beneficial way.