By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
I suspect part of the reason for that is identified by my friend Rob Pegoraro in his Washington Post tech column today:
... why would anybody pay more attention to Facebook's terms of service than to the other contracts we casually accept? Who reads the roughly 17,500-word "terms and conditions" contract governing Apple's iTunes Store before buying a song? Who digests Microsoft's nearly 5,500-word license for Windows Vista before booting up a new PC?
With something like Facebook we have a great sense not only of control but of the right to control the rules by which the space is run.
So what now? Facebook walked back its "new" terms and is promising to include users in the process of writing new rules through its "Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" group. Of course, the basic issue with the "new" rules related to lawyers running amok, so it will be, ahem, interesting to see how well the lawyers work in a crowdsourcing environment.
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