Facebook Revises Back to Original Terms

By Nick O'Neill Comment

Mark Zuckerberg has just posted an update to the Facebook blog stating that they’ve decided to revise the terms to what they were previously. As I wrote earlier tonight, there was a good chance that change would come in a short amount of time. I didn’t realize that it would only be a matter of hours. Mark Zuckerberg posted that:

Many of us at Facebook spent most of today discussing how best to move forward. One approach would have been to quickly amend the new terms with new language to clarify our positions further. Another approach was simply to revert to our old terms while we begin working on our next version. As we thought through this, we reached out to respected organizations to get their input.

Going forward, we’ve decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don’t plan to leave it there for long.

More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren’t just a document that protect our rights; it’s the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world. Given its importance, we need to make sure the terms reflect the principles and values of the people using the service.

That was quick! Facebook has also set up a group for discussing the next revision of the terms. That group can be found here.

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