In an about-face following a torrent of online protests, Facebook is backing off a change in its user policies while it figures how best to resolve questions like who controls the information shared on the social-networking site, reports the Associated Press. Facebook, which boasts 175 million users from around the world, had quietly updated its terms of use a few weeks ago. The changes sparked an uproar after the consumer-rights advocacy blog Consumerist.com pointed them out Feb. 15 in a post titled "Facebook’s New Terms Of Service: ‘We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.’" Facebook has since sought to reassure its users—tens of thousands of whom had joined protest groups on the site—that this is not the case. And on Feb. 18, users who logged on to Facebook were greeted by a message saying that the site is reverting to its previous terms of use policies while it resolves the issues raised. Facebook spelled out, in plain English rather than the legalese that prompted the protests, that it "doesn’t claim rights to any of your photos or other content. We need a license in order to help you share information with your friends, but we don’t claim to own your information…"

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