Facebook declines ownership of Appeal-Democrat

Social media site Facebook has rolled back its new terms of service after many complaints from members of its community. Some of you may ask, “Now what could get people in a tizzy about some little agreement?”

How about declaring they own anything you post? Or in so many words:

“You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.”

Small beans really. Just the ability to use anything you create or any information you post on the site, or even better, to allow anyone they please to have the same rights they claim.

“Then I’ll just delete my account,” you might say. Well, except for the fact the termination agreement says “oh by the way, we archived all of this and even though you’re no longer on here, we still own your stuff.”

The company said they’re going to try to rework their policy to be a little less creepy.

By the way, if you’re wondering there the title came from, here’s an excerpt from that big quote above:

“…any User Content you … (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website”

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