Facebook apologises for goof-up, asks not to leave
Aha ! , how do you get back to a company who has released a draconian TOS recently. Lets take 2 quick examples :
1. Google Chrome – The Google Chrome TOS were pretty draconian and had a lot of ownership issues. Google quickly attributed all that to TOS reuse , and corrected the error after the Internet slammed it hard and people started dumping the browser.
2. Facebook – In a controversial move, Facebook tried to take ownership of all photos and stuff posted by all its members. This led to a huge hue and cry and a large number of people actually left Facebook after the announcement. The effect was so huge that Facebook immediately tendered an apology and reverted back to its old TOS.
Even now if you try to deactivate your facebook account , you are shown an apology and asked not to quit facebook :
Here is what it says :
Are you deactivating your account because you are concerned about Facebook’s Terms of Service?
This was a mistake that we have now corrected. You own the information you put on Facebook and you control what happens to it. We are sorry for the confusion. See http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=54746167130 for more information.
– The Facebook Team
Just the Internet democracy at work