About-Facebook: Zuckerberg Relents On Privacy Rules

Social networking site's CEO reverses course on new polices that drew fire from users.
"As we thought through this, we reached out to respected organizations to get their input, Zuckerberg said in his blog post Wednesday. "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."

Zuckerberg said Facebook will substantially revise its terms of use to clearly reflect how users share and control information. He said the new terms will incorporate and reflect input from users.

"You have my commitment that we'll do all of these things, but in order to do them right it will take a little bit of time," he said. "We expect to complete this in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we've changed the terms back to what existed before the February 4th change, which was what most people asked us for and was the recommendation of the outside experts we consulted."

The incident marks the third time that Facebook has backed off changes after users voiced privacy concerns. The site's news feed and its Beacon advertising program drew criticism, which prompted the social networking site to increase privacy protections.

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