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Facebook does about turn on user information policy

Facebook has done an about turn on its plans to retain all user information even after someone has deleted their account. The controversial measures caused outrage amongst Facebookers whose protests resulted in the social networking site's volte-face.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, defended the company's new terms of service on his blog earlier in the week but has since had a change of heart: "Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago," Zuckerberg told users. "Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised."

The news comes just a week after Facebook paid over £46m to settle a dispute over allegations that Zuckerberg stole the idea for the popular social networking site from some college friends at Harvard.

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