The Wall Street Journal (February 18, 2009)
"Just a day after standing by the revisions, the company said it would scrap the new policy and return to its previous terms of service in a notice to its 175 million users on its Web site.
Mark Zuckerberg's blog post:
"Update on Terms"
The Facebook Blog (February 17, 2009)
"Many of us at Facebook spent most of today discussing how best to move forward...."
US News and World Report's Katy Marquardt's blog post:
"The Consumerist Gives the Scoop on Facebook Privacy Snafu"
New Money blog, US News and World Report (February 18, 2009)
"Here's the scoop, courtesy of the Consumerist blog, which initially broke the story thanks to a reader tip:..."
The blog post has several more links, including "10 Facebook Privacy Settings to Know".
And the Moral of the Story is: Think Before You LeapIt looks like Facebook is going to change its TOS anyway: but next time, they'll take their clients into account - and remember that this is the Information Age.
Facts have a way of getting published, now, even if The New York Times doesn't print them.
A favorite online community of mine (BlogCatalog.com) made a set of policy changes a while ago. But BlogCatalog put the changes up for discussion, before enacting them.
Smart move, I think: Took some of the decision-making load off BlogCatalog's staff, and let people in the online community have a hand in crafting the new rules. Pretty close to a win-win situation.
Anyway: Facebook got a dunking in the real world; they'll probably be more careful next time around; and we have another example of how a lot of indignant people can make a difference.