Facebook is getting out the vote
on its proposed changes to both 'Data Use Policy' and 'Statement of Rights and Responsibilities' documents.
The initial proposed changes
included how Facebook handles your data, and a plan to abolish the social network's practice of allowing users to vote on policy changes in the first place.
Voting starts Monday and lasts seven days. It will be
facilitated by an application developed on Facebook Platform by a third-party service provider. Facebook said an independent auditor would examine the vote tabulation to further ensure accurate results.
Unless 30% of Facebook's 1 users cast
their ballots, users will lose their right to vote.
In a blog post, Elliot Schrage, Facebook's vice
president of communications, public policy and
marketing, encouraged Facebook users to exercise their
right to vote.
"We've heard from many of you through our comment
process. We are grateful that you took the time to
share your thoughts," Schrage wrote. "This feedback
allows us to respond to your questions and make
substantive changes to our proposals before they are
Facebook users can also let Facebook know what they
think of other proposals
such as sharing user data with its subsidiary Instagram and loosening restrictions on who can message you on Facebook.
The proposals have changed after Facebook got feedback
from regulators, Elliot Schrage said.