Social media giant Facebook on Tuesday, September 1 announced that it had updated its Terms of Service that will give the company the powers to restrict and/or remove content if it deems essential in preventing regulatory or legal issues.
Many of the social media users received the notification that its Terms of Services had been updated.
The notification from Facebook read: “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.”
The section of the Terms of Service also spells who is allowed to use the social media platform and who is restricted.
It further explains to users what they can and cannot be allowed to post or share on their pages.
The changes on the TOS have worried many users who now believe that Facebook is giving itself exclusive powers to control what is posted on their platform.
While the company argues that it seeks to weed out misinformation and fake news, users believe that the new system is ‘absolutely terrifying.’
Although the changes are many, users were quick to pin point the new level of censorship to content that may be posted on the site.
Facebook however seeks to protect itself from a litany of legal suits and scrutiny from governments especially on this age of misinformation.
Other users lauded the move, arguing that it will prevent fake news and misinformation from being shared.
The Terms of Service will be effective October 1, 2020.
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