Facebook to change terms of use after users vote

Facebook will change its terms of use after users voted on the way the site handles personal data, it was announced today.

The social networking site sparked fierce criticism in February when users complained about changes to terms and conditions which appeared to give the site ownership of personal data, including pictures, video and profile information - even after users deleted their accounts.

After consulting users, the site held a week-long vote on whether to adopt a new set of terms and principles which state that people should own their own information and be able to remove it from the service.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg said the site aimed to adopt a more "transparent and democratic approach".

More than 600,000 users took part in the vote, with 75% opting for the revised documents.

Facebook's chief lawyer Ted Ullyot wrote on the site's blog today: "We're pleased that users supported the proposed documents and validated our efforts to respond to their concerns.

"You can expect to see the new documents on the site in the coming weeks.

"After that, all future proposed changes to the Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities will be subject to the notice, comment and voting provisions of the documents."

Mr Zuckerberg had said the vote would only be binding if 30% of the site's 200 million users took part.

But Mr Ullyot said Facebook would still go ahead with the changes and the threshold for future votes was likely to be revised.

More in this Section

Brexit delay still possible, Tusk tells UK MPs preparing to vote on Johnson’s dealBrexit delay still possible, Tusk tells UK MPs preparing to vote on Johnson’s deal

US troops leaving Syria ‘cannot stay in Iraq’US troops leaving Syria ‘cannot stay in Iraq’

Trudeau wins second term as Canadian prime ministerTrudeau wins second term as Canadian prime minister

Police sending officers to US to interview suspect in Harry Dunn deathPolice sending officers to US to interview suspect in Harry Dunn death


Lifestyle

Put provenance first this season and make 'Made in Munster' the label to be seen in. With outstanding craftmanship and commitment to quality, these homegrown designers are making Munster-made fashion wish list worthy around the world. Shopping local has never looked so good. Carolyn Moore reports.Made in Munster: Shopping local has never looked this good.

Karen Cunneen-Bilbow Owner, Fabricate IrelandMade in Munster: ‘I turned my hobby into a business’

An invitation is extended to all to pay a visit to Bride View Cottage, writes Charlie WilkinsSeasonal cheer will spread early in Co Cork as an invitation is extended to all to visit Bride View Cottage

After a week of Fortnite Chapter 2, we think it’s fair to say Epic lived up to their name with the game’s ‘re-launch’.GameTech: Happy after a week of Fortnite Chapter 2

More From The Irish Examiner