Facebook opens voting by users on policy changes

By on December 4, 2012
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For the next 6 days, you can vote on Facebook about voting on Facebook.


Facebook has opened voting by its nearly 1 billion users to voice in on a variety of changes to the social network’s policies, including a proposal to scrap the user voting system that Facebook introduced in 2009.

The move comes after a barrage of criticism and roughly 89,000 user comments when Facebook announced proposed changes its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities  on November 21.

One of the changes that users can vote for or against is scrapping the voting system itself, which allowed users to lend their vote about amendments to the site’s governance policies.

Users can also vote on whether Facebook can share user data with and from its affiliates, including Instagram. Another voting issue includes a proposal to relax restrictions on how members contact each other via the Facebook messaging system.

30 percent of Facebook’s users (about 300 million) will need to pitch in for the vote to be binding. If voting does not reach that minimum requirement, the social network will consider the received votes to be advisory and can still go ahead with the changes. But the window is open only till December 10, after which voting closes. So if you want to vote, do it here now.

And you thought Facebook was Zuckerberg’s little fiefdom.


Nafisa Rebello writes and sometimes works in TV. She expected robots in 2012 and is still waiting for teleportation.

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