Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Facebook's change in Terms of Service sparks backlash

[caption id="attachment_1369" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Facebook is still shady"]Facebook is Shady[/caption]

I mentioned a couple days ago about Facebook changing their Terms of Service stating that they can keep your information forever regardless if you cancel your account or not and sublicence your information to third parties if they wish to do so.

14 days later, after Facebook made those changes to their Terms of Service, people finally catch on about these changes and now alot of people are unhappy.  Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg further clarified the changes.
On Facebook, people post their information and control who they share it with.  When you choose to share your photos, messages, or status with your friends, you're granting Facebook a license so that the site can pass that information along to authorized friends.  Without that license, we wouldn't be help people share that information.

He continues on saying that the terms were changed this way because if a user chooses to close their profile, their friends still have that information about that user.
Even if the person deactivates their account, their friend still has a copy of that message... We think this is the right way for Facebook to work, and it is consistent with out other services like e-mail work.  This is one of the reasons we updated our terms was to make this more clear."

I'm personally calling bullshit on this.  I think it is the right of the individual to have the option to erase ALL information/history associated with their profile including any information about them that may be on their friends account.  This type of feature shouldn't be hard for them to implement at all, as any information your friends may get from you is pulled from your profile.   Rather then come up with his lame excuse, Zuckerburg should give the Facebook community that option if/when they shut down their account.

I'm going to be keeping my eye on this story as this event unfolds.  In all honesty, I'd be surprised if Facebook doesn't proactively change their minds, or add in