From the original Consumerist article that broke the Facebook controversy
You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.
That language is the same as in the old TOS, but there was an important couple of lines at the end of that section that have been removed:
You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.
Poor Reporting. Very Poor Reporting.
Read the “New” ToS at the top of my previous post, and the old “ToS” that they reverted back to last night. The language is NOT the same. There are several differences beyond the sentence removed, as I point out at the end of the previous post.
Of course, every news story followed the Consumerist’s lead because today’s society reports the news they read from other news sources in a real-world version of the childhood game of telephone.
I do suspect that despite Facebook saying they have simply reverted to their prior terms temporarily, as they work on putting their new terms into non-legalistic language, the current last sentence is new: “Facebook does not assert any ownership over your User Content; rather, as between us and you, subject to the rights granted to us in these Terms, you retain full ownership of all of your User Content and any intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights associated with your User Content.” And the last sentence the Consumerist claimed was removed was truly the last sentence of the prior section.