SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook is not going to push ahead with controversial changes to its terms of service this week, and has postponed imposing them.
The firm has been criticised by six consumer rights groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center. In a letter to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday, the groups objected that the policy changes, which Facebook tried to claim merely clarified its existing policies, fly in the face of previous privacy agreements with regulators and its users.
Facebook disagreed with this, and pretended that its changes would not have any impact on its end users.
"As part of this proposed update, we revised our explanation of how things like your name, profile picture and content may be used in connection with ads or commercial content to make it clear that you are granting Facebook permission for this use when you use our services," it said yesterday.
"We have not changed our ads practices or policies - we only made things clearer for people who use our service."
While it seemed sure to push ahead, today it apparently has postponed implementing the changes. The firm has not confirmed this to us, but according to the LA Times it is giving users an extra week to consider what's happening.
"We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and we expect to finalize the process in the coming week," Facebook said in a statement.
Users reacted angrily and with disappointment to news of the changes, and the comments underneath Facebook's introductory post make for uncomfortable reading.
"Consider this your Legal Notice," says one comment with over 4,000 likes. "You DO NOT have my permission to use my name, photographs, art, or writing for any purpose."
It seems that this is far from over. µ
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