Facebook Changes Its Terms Back

    February 18, 2009
    Chris Crum

Mark ZuckerbergFacebook recently changed its terms of service and sparked a bit of controversy. This largely stemmed from the langauge used in the new ToS, which indicated that Facebook had complete control of anything you post there and could do anything they wanted with your info.

After a fair amount of stink was raised, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on the Facebook blog saying that on Facebook, "People still own and control their information." To set minds further at ease, the company has decided to just go ahead and change the ToS back to the way it was.

To make sure everyone is aware of the most recent changes, Facebook has included an update about them for all users to see when they login to their accounts:

Facebook Terms of Service Update

Zuckerberg has also made another post to the Facebook blog about these changes. "Many of us at Facebook spent most of today discussing how best to move forward," he says. "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."

So you can still expect to see more changes coming, but next time, I believe Facebook will be choosing its words a bit more carefully. The social network’s growth has been tremendous over the past year, and they wouldn’t want to damage that by driving people away.