17 February 2009

Zuckerberg Responds to Concerns About Facebook’s Updated Terms of Service

(Inside Facebook)
Two weeks ago, Facebook announced that it had updated its terms of service, consolidating its various documents into one. CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to concerns some have expressed about changes to the way Facebook treats ownership of user data. Zuckerberg writes, "Our philosophy is that people own their information and control who they share it with. When a person shares information on Facebook, they first need to grant Facebook a license to use that information so that we can show it to the other people they've asked us to share it with. Without this license, we couldn't help people share that information. One of the questions about our new terms of use is whether Facebook can use this information forever. When a person shares something like a message with a friend, two copies of that information are created - one in the person's sent messages box and the other in their friend's inbox. Even if the person deactivates their account, their friend still has a copy of that message."