Facebook pleads to users not to leave over terms of use change

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Melbourne, February 19 (ANI): Facebook is trying to woo back abandoning members after it made changes to its user Terms of Service (TOS) that have now been reversed.

The social-networking giant had come under fire after Consumer advocacy blog The Consumerist reported that the revised policy allowed the website to hold a perpetual license to use its members' uploaded content to promote itself, even after their accounts had been deleted.

Following the firestorm, the free-access site is now displaying an apology for the reorganized TOS, saying the changes made were a "mistake".

Facebook further assured its users that they held the ownership of material posted by them, reports News.com.au.

The Facebook Team message read: "Are you deleting 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."

The apology further redirects members to founder Mark Zuckberg's announcement that the controversial revisions had been dropped.

It said: "Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information.

"Based on this feedback, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised." (ANI)

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