Voting runs through Dec. 10, but it’s not clear whether enough users will weigh in
Facebook historically had a rule that any proposed policy changes that attracted 7,000 “substantive” comments would be put to a vote. That will no longer be the case.
According to its standing rules, however, users still have a chance to vote on giving away their right to vote.
Olds also doesn’t think that the policy change would rattle most users. “I think the overwhelmingly vast majority of Facebook users don’t think about privacy and don’t have any idea that there are any changes in the works,” he said.
However, there have been some high-level concerns about the proposal.
The Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland, where Facebook has its European Union headquarters, quickly contacted the social network for a clarification of its position. And the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy teamed up to ask Facebook to withdraw the proposed changes, noting that users have a right to participate in Facebook’s governance.
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