Facebook 'withdraws' data changes

(BBC) The founder of Facebook says the social network will return to its previous terms of service regarding user data. In a blog post Mark Zuckerberg said the move was temporary "while we resolve the issues that people have raised". Users had complained after new terms of service seemed to suggest Facebook would retain personal data even if someone deleted their account. Originally defending the changes, Mr Zuckerberg had said it was to better reflect how people used the site. He had said the changes were made to ensure that if a user deleted his or her account any comments or messages he or she had left on a friend's Facebook page would not also disappear. see also Zuckerberg Responds to Concerns About Facebook's Updated Terms of Service (Inside Facebook), Facebook still showing growing pains by Darren Waters and Facebook's privacy storm by Jonathan Zittrain,Clear English Could Be a Big Winner in the Facebook Affair, Whose data is it anyway? (BBC) and Facebook: You Own All Your Data. Period. (But See You at the Next Privacy Uproar) (TechCrunch). 8 March 2009

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