Facebook reverts to previous Terms of Use as users revolt

Users on social networking Facebook have finally pressured the company to revert the changes from its Terms of Use. The company, which previously polled users on the new changes, saw only 6 percent of total voters supporting the new change, while 56 percent were opposing to the new change.

Previously trying to defend the new policy, CEO Mark Zuckerburg has responded in a blog post that said that returning to the previous terms was the right thing, as the wording of the new version was “overly formal”.

“Going forward, we’ve decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don’t plan to leave it there for long,” Zuckerberg wrote.

“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.”

In response to the new change, Facebook has established a brand new “Bill of Rights and Responsibilities” group that would allow users to contribute on ways on how their information should be controlled in the new Terms of Service revision.

As of writing (7:05PM) 3,328 members have joined – but after a couple of refreshes before that period, it still continues to (and will) grow.


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