If you use Facebook, you might have noticed a message on your homepage indicating that Facebook has revoked a change in their Terms of Service.Â I don’t know about you, but honestly, I rarely (if ever) even read the Terms of Service, so I give props to those that caught the change.
The change entailed the deletion of a sentence indicating that Facebook does not own the content users upload after deletion of the account.Â And that sentence was replaced with, “You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. … (H)owever, you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”
A large number of Facebook users revolted against the change and Facebook backed down, at least temporarily.Â But here’s my question:
What harm could Facebook inflict by retaining ownership of your content?**
** Note that I’m not implying that the revolt is frivolous; I just want to hear your thoughts.