Facebook Receives Majority ‘Negative’ Response Over Its New Statement Of Rights And Responsibilities Changes

Posted on Mar 26 2012 - 5:39am by Editorial Staff

The social networking giant which early last week updated its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities had received a huge negative comments in order to decide whether to move forward with the revised documents or not. The Verge is reporting that when Facebook closed the commenting period, English-speaking users had left 526 comments and Spanish-speaking users had commented 186 times whereas German users left around 36,874 comments with majority of the comments was negative in nature.

If you missed out what the new Statement of Rights and Responsibilities says, here you go, from the Facebook Governance page:


Today, we’re letting you know of some changes we propose for the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, an important document that describes our relationship with users and others who interact with Facebook. Many of the changes are administrative (for instance, replacing references to our “Privacy Policy” with “Data Use Policy”) and others make our practices and policies more clear.

For example:

Sharing Your Content and Information. We’ve updated this language to be clearer and consistent with what has long been reflected in our Data Use Policy and our practices – that when you, or friends you have authorized to see your information, use an App, you are sharing your info with that App, which is what you consented to when you installed the App.

Safety. In this section, we have changed the language from “hateful” content to “hate speech” because we think the term “hate speech” better captures our policy on prohibited content, which hasn’t changed. This is also consistent with our new “Community Standards”.

Special Provisions Applicable to Social Plugins. This section previously applied to Share Links, but those provisions also apply to the use of all Social Plugins. Therefore we have replaced references to Share Links with Social Plugins.

Special Provisions Applicable to Software. We want to ensure our products, which may include downloadable products, are current. We have added this section to give you notice that we may provide upgrades and updates to your downloaded products as they become available. Additionally, we have included language that prohibits users from trying to extract protected source code from our products unless we have granted the user express permission.

We think these updates will help you understand more about how Facebook works. As part of our site governance process, you have a chance to review these proposed updates and give us feedback by commenting on them before we finalize the changes. Please review the proposed materials by using the links below. Additionally, to view a document that highlights the changes, please view the “tracked changes” English version below. You also can read the current Statement of Rights and Responsibilities here. Please leave any comments you may have by 5:00 PM PDT on March 22, 2012

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