Shady New Facebook ‘Terms of Service’ Update Has Users Suspicious

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Everyone on Facebook got a vague and poorly explained Terms of Service update notice, and nobody trusts it. At about 5 pm PT Monday, Facebook users across the United States received a notice that Facebook was making some manner of change where they could “remove or restrict access to your content.” So what’s the deal with this Facebook “Update to Our Terms?”

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The message everyone got says “Effective October 1, 2020, section 3.2 of our Terms of Service will be updated to include: “We also can remove or restrict access to your content, services or information if we determine that doing so is reasonably necessary to avoid or mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impacts to Facebook.”

Facebook being Facebook, they are totally unclear on what exactly they are doing here, and why. But we have educated guesses.


The New York Times reported Monday that Australia might require Facebook to pay news organizations for sharing articles on their platform. That’s not a law yet, but it’s working its way through Australian Parliament. It’s the possible the move is because of that law, and Facebook would just remove your posts — not because they are wrong or harmful, but because you shared some Australian news story, and Facebook doesn’t want to pay the news site that published the piece.


You might recall Trump’s executive order on social media companies from May, after Twitter started flagging his Tweets. That order revised Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which basically says that social media companies cannot be held liable if people post terrible things on the social media platforms.

Since Trump complains that there is an “anti-conservative bias” in social media, his executive order attempts to address that. Facebook’s October 1 update says the change is to “avoid or mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impacts,” which could be an indication that they’ll just start removing shit Trump doesn’t like to avoid fines.


Yet another story just broke about Russian interference in the presidential election, so maybe Facebook is going the extra mile to ensure that doesn’t happen again. Haha, yeah right!


Or maybe this is just Facebook swinging their power over users just because they can, and wants the broadest set of rules possible for removing content. Notice their wording about “adverse legal or regulatory impacts.” This has nothing to do with resposible content moderation, and everything to do with Facebook covering their ass.

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  1. Cadence
    September 3, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Just look into Russian interference, more specifically when they named / phished the election software company back in August of 2016. The whistle blower for that is imprisoned, and were made to catch covid-19 here in the US.
    Russia, specifically Putin, had much vested interest in keeping Trump afloat. Trump has been instrumental in destabilizing the US economically, and socially divining up and pitting people against each other. What does that mean for the US? Well, the country is in utter disaster as we can see. There’s first lack of descent transparent leadership to deal with the virus containment, to deal with the economic mess that millions are experiencing without work, and homeowners that can’t pay their mortgage, the renter tenants that can’t pay rent, all of these things could’ve been avoided, if sensible swift measures where taken right at the beginning, before the lockdown phase (which hasn’t been effective, because of the lack of clear information, and instructions on how to properly contain this virus. It takes very few people to act ignorant for this virus to spread.)

    Another reason to pay attention to is how much criminal charges could be brought to Trump, unfortunately Nancy Pelosi made such a weak case against Trump to bring him down. Which makes me wonder how serious the Democrats are in accomplishing anything. So they’ve stuck a weak candidate forward; Biden. And instead told Bernie Sanders to step down, yet again…. The neoliberal ways are no doubt heavily mocked by the conservatives. Because it doesn’t work.
    The Democrats can’t pretend to be progressive, when their actions do not match their lip service.

    America can only get worse as it stands today. Trump representing the crazy right wing nuts, and Democrats/Biden hardly representing anything. What a let down!

  2. Cadence
    September 3, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    People should really learn to ask more questions and dig deeper, if they want to make sense of things, instead of absorbing short news sound bites. Question who funds the source of information, question the possible motives, question the lack of actions, and last but not the least question everything you’ve been taught. Lies often can’t provide depth and clarity, because it exposes inconsistencies.

  3. Zachariah A Lloyd
    October 2, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I am still getting these notifications whenever I log into my Facebook today, and it said effective Oct 01, 2020??
    Are they going to keep making me read about these changes forever, or are the notifications going to stop coming??
    Somebody please explain this to me, because I do not care whatsoever about their Terms of Service, and it is annoying to have to open one of these notifications every single day, even though the change has supposedly already been completed!!