Face to Facebook

The Baltimore Sun

Nice try, Facebook. This month, the social network quietly changed its terms of service in a way that many of its 175 million users felt gave the company unfair control over information posted on its Web site. Once the change was revealed, it didn't take long for Facebook users to respond in large numbers, using Facebook's own tools, to let the company know they were not "fans" of the new terms. They were in the right, and last week the company acknowledged this by agreeing to rescind the changes and to seek input from users before making any such modifications.

Are Facebook and its users "no longer friends"? Not necessarily. The company, one hopes, now understands better that people have strong feelings about how their information is handled by others. And Facebook users have learned - relearned, perhaps - that when it comes to the Internet, the definition of privacy is still a work in progress.

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