General Mills, one of the world’s largest food companies, made headlines when the New York Times reported that its new legal terms meant those who liked Facebook pages belonging to its brands, bought a product or interacted in other ways waived their right to take legal action against it. Now, days later, it is reverting to its original privacy policy and claiming it was all a big misunderstanding.

“Those [new] terms – and our intentions – were widely misread, causing concern among consumers. So we’ve listened – and we’re changing them back to what they were before,” a company blog post, which was spotted by Recode, explains.

The company says that the (now defunct) terms were the kind that are “common in all sorts of consumer contracts” and did not affect social media, in particular.

“At no time was anyone ever precluded from suing us by purchasing one of our products at a store or liking one of our Facebook pages. That was either a mischaracterization – or just very misunderstood,” it states, before going on to say that it is “sorry we even started down this path.”

➤ We’ve listened – and we’re changing our legal terms back [General Mills] | Via Recode

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