8 December 2012, 10:14

Unless 299 millions votes cast till Monday, Facebook users won’t take part in policy changes

Unless 299 millions votes cast till Monday, Facebook users won’t take part in policy changes

Only half a million voters out of 300 million required have spoken up so far about the new policy changes proposed by Internet giant Facebook. Unless the remaining 299,5 users cast their votes before the December 10 deadline, the company will adopt a new policy excluding the public from future policy changes.

“In the past, your substantive feedback has led to changes to the proposals we made. However, we found that the voting mechanism, which is triggered by a specific number of comments, actually resulted in a system that incentivized the quantity of comments over their quality,” reads a blog post from Elliot Schrage, Facebook's vice president for communications, public policy and marketing.

“Therefore, we're proposing to end the voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement.”

A user has to visit the official Facebook Site Governance page, then select between the options ‘Existing Documents: The current SRR and Data Use Policy,’ and ‘Proposed Documents: The proposed SRR and Data Use Policy.’

“It is simply impossible to get 30 percent of the users to vote on anything on Facebook within 30 days,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation's activism director, Rainey Reitman, says.

As the new policy suggests, users’ input should constitute “meaningful feedback”, while not be actually considered as binding votes in policy issues.

Voice of Russia, RT

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