Facebook’s Terms of Use Set Off Firestorm: Zuckerberg Reverts to Previous Terms

18 02 2009

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg recieved a lot of criticism for altering Facebook’s terms of use a couple of weeks ago, according to the official Facebook blog.

Websites and blogs heavily criticized the new terms of use, which clearly indicated that user content on Facebook is just as much your property as  Facebook’s.

According to a post on PCWorld, the terms were as follows:

“…Technically, the terms say that by joining and uploading, “you grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute…” your content. Facebook also specifies it can “use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising…”

But earlier this morning at approximately 1 AM, Zuckerberg posted a blog on the Facebook blog site stating that the company is returning to its previous terms of use.

Zuckerberg wrote: “A couple of weeks ago, we revised our terms of use hoping to clarify some parts for our users. 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.”

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