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Facebook Creating Council of Users

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An hour after Facebook announced its plans to let users participate in any changes made to the site's terms of service, I met with Facebook's chief privacy officer Chris Kelly for a short conversation. He gave me a few more details about how the process would work, but it sounds like specifics are still being worked out.

Facebook said it would create a "council" to guide the governing process. Kelly said that the council would be made up of users "who are particularly articulate in expressing those views." He said he didn't know how large the council would be, but it would eventually become clear how many users wanted to be actively involved in such decisions.

Facebook is also trying to figure out how the voting process would work, including how the company or council would decide which issues warrant a vote by users.

Kelly is in Washington more frequently now as Facebook gets more involved with policy issues. For example, Facebook has a clear stake in any privacy regulation proposed by the Federal Trade Commission or Capitol Hill. Net neutrality is also an issue the firm is watching closely. And with Obama's promise of a more connected and open government, Facebook is looking out for ways it can be involved with that movement.

By Kim Hart  |  February 26, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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I just looked at Facebook's Terms of Use - dated Sept. 23, 2008. It says -

"If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire,

however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.

Facebook does not assert any ownership over your User Content; rather, as between us and you, subject to the rights granted to us in these Terms, you retain full ownership of all of your User Content and any intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights associated with your User Content."

It says that we own the content and the rights to everything we post and its use expires when you remove it.

I don't see what the problem is. Did they just unchange it? What's wrong with keeping just this way?

If you don't want them to use your stuff, then don't post it there or remove it.

Posted by: cmecyclist | February 26, 2009 7:01 PM

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