Facebook has been caught in a content-rights firestorm after arbitrarily changing a policy earlier this month that it was granting itself permanent rights to users’ photos, wall posts and more–even after a user closed an account. After nearly a hundred thousand users complained, Facebook said it is reverting to its old policy on user info—for now, CNN reports.
In response, Chris Walters wrote in the Consumerist post, "Make sure you never upload anything you don’t feel comfortable giving away forever, because it’s Facebook’s now."
Thousands of indignant members either canceled their accounts or created online petitions. Among them were more than 64,000 who joined a group called "The People Against the new Terms of Service."
Earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to quell the controversy by saying the company’s philosophy is that "people own their information and control who they share it with."
"As Mark expressed in his blog post on Monday, it was never our intention to confuse people or make them uneasy about sharing on Facebook," company spokesman Barry Schnitt said in a blog post. "I also want to be very clear that Facebook does not, nor have we ever, claimed ownership over people’s content. Your content belongs to you."