Items tagged with Terms of Service

Twitter CEO Disk Costolo admitted about his microblogging service that "we suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years," which he followed up with a vow to be more aggressive in eliminating that kind of unwanted behavior. Taking a step towards fulfilling that promise, Twitter has made some changes to its violent threats policy.Prior to the policy change, the prohibition on violent threats was limited "direct, specific threats of violence against others." It's now been reworded to include "threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against... Read more...
If this whole software and hardware business doesn't pan out for Microsoft, the Redmond outfit might have a future in used car sales. Need proof? Just wait until you see Microsoft's pitch on why altering its various Terms of Service agreements to forbid class action lawsuits is a good thing...for you! "When a customer in the United States has a dispute about a Microsoft product or service, many of our new user agreements will require that, if we can’t informally resolve the dispute, the customer bring the claim in small claims court or arbitration, but not as part of a class action lawsuit,"... Read more...
Remember the big bruhaha when Facebook tried to change its Terms of Service (TOS)? Well, the Electronic Frontier (DFF) Foundation has developed a service, TOSBack, to help you track the TOS of sites you use, to make sure you're not surprised in the future. In the case of Facebook, users became so incensed that FB eventually backed down on the ToS changes, then moved to democratize them. EFF Activism and Technology Manager Tim Jones said: "Terms of service form the foundation of your relationship with social networking sites, online businesses, and other Internet communities, but most people become... Read more...
We wrote earlier that Facebook was going to allow site users to vote on its new Terms of Service. Well, the polls are now open, and users can start voiting. You probably remember the massive explosion that happened when Facebook modified its Terms of Service (ToS) such that it implied Facebook owned all your content, forever. They eventually backed down, reverting to the prior ToS, but the damage was done. As Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said when they first announced the vote: "Companies like ours need to develop new models of governance. Rather than simply reissue a new Terms of Use,... Read more...
It's bad enough Comcast has their secret limited unlimited service, whereby they will cut you off if you (in their opinion) hog too much bandwidth (although they won't tell anyone what that limit is).  Now AT&T won't let you be critical of them.Have you taken a look at AT&T’s Terms of Service for High-Speed Internet (HSI) lately? Some changes they’ve made are downright draconian. In the section labeled “5.1 Suspension/Termination,” AT&T says the normal stuff about lack of payment and so forth. But clause (c) says they can terminate your service for conduct that AT&T believes: tends... Read more...