Facebook involves users in T&Cs

Following a recent backlash of criticism about its terms and conditions, Facebook is opening up its policies to users to garner their feedback and input on decisions.

The social networking giant has unveiled two documents Facebook Principles

and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities that focus on rights, policies frameworks and terms of use respectively.

"Our main goal at Facebook is to help make the world more open and transparent. We believe that if we want to lead the world in this direction, then we must set an example by running our service in this way," said Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg, in a blog post.

"Beginning today, we are giving you a greater opportunity to voice your opinion over how Facebook is governed.I believe these steps are unprecedented in promoting understanding and enabling participation on the web. I hope you will take a look at these documents, read them carefully, and share your thoughts."

The comment period for the two new documents will close on 29 March.

However, Facebook also stressed that it won't be so reliant on the feedback model that it becomes a potential barrier to moving quickly to launch new things.

"Facebook is still in the business of introducing new and therefore potentially disruptive technologies. This can mean that our users periodically experience adjustments to new products as they become familiar with them, and before becoming enthusiastic supporters," Zuckerberg added.

"While these products must be consistent with the Principles and in compliance with the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, they will not be subject to the notice and comment or voting requirement."

Users were quick to leave comments on the blog voicing their opinion on the Facebook changes.

One user called Margaret said: "All I can say is transparency is one thing - using my personal photographs without my permission is THEFT. You have no need to use such data. Don't forget Mr Z that without us you'd be skint students waiting tables!"

Another member called Sacha, added her thoughts to the debate. "If the declaration from Mr Zuckerberg is true- that Facebook members will have their say in the new policies- than it is a major U turn from the previous strategy - and a cleverer one," she said.

"I am going to read now the propositions...Taking things at face value is not enough for me, especially after the events of the last month."

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.