Facebook users halt copyright change

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Users force a new privacy rules u-turn

When you've just about had enough of the invites to play scramble, or being stalked by schoolmates you barely muttered a word to, removing yourself from the rather far-reaching Facebook bubble appeared to be a straight-forward one. That is up until recent changes on leaving your Facebook trail caused something of an uproar.

But just as Mark Zuckerberg's office computer addiction was about to infringe on the way you deleted your Facebook life, users banded together to halt controversial copyright terms affecting how you permanently departed the site.

More than 25,000 users opened groups up to stop changes to the terms and conditions of the site which saw Facebook hold privacy rights over your photos, wall posts and all other places to bear your Facebook mark.

Worry for many a user was seemingly the use of your Facebook remains as a means to be eaten up by advertisers and being used for marketing means.

Zuckerberg via his latest blog confirmed that the changes had been reviewed and that, "Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand."

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Facebook sees audience grow by over 100% in 2008 as rivals MySpace and Bebo languish

Facebook grew its audience by 107% during the past 12 months to total 17.6m unique users in the UK.

Nielsen Online figures for January reveal the social network has further increased its lead over MySpace and Bebo, which grew 7% and 6% respectively last year.

MySpace UK's audience now totals 5.4m, ahead of youth-focused network Bebo which had 4.3m unique UK users in January.

The growing gap between Facebook and its rivals was also reflected in the time users

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