The social media is currently calling all users to vote on which user privacy terms and rules will govern the site. Mind you (I’m a Political Science geeky head, by the way), every election has only one single goal out from a barrage of processes-and that is the ability to make decisions. In Facebook this option for choices and soon to be-discovered decision is centered on user privacy issues. Basically, the company is on the process of defining its privacy setting through the majority decision of its clients. So, Facebook users exercise your voting rights and hit the bar.
So the question is- what’s different about the new proposed privacy rules? Taking a keen eye at the current and new rules, the most obvious is the new Data Use Policy. It contains a lengthy and expanded list of site activities in which user data can be collected by the Facebook database- whether you are interacting with the site or with someone else using Facebook.
The company states that if the vote represents 30% of the user population then the result will be binding. On the other hand, if the turnout is below than 30% then the result will be advisory. In other words, an average of 300 million users must vote to reach a definitive decision. That is roughly the population of Pakistan and Philippines combined.
Voting started June 1 and will end a week later, June 8 at 9 AM.
Last March, Facebook made several changes to its Statements of Rights and Responsibilities , we users knew as the Term of Use, and the Data Use Policy, which outlines how Facebook manages and controls user privacy and protects user privacy. Click on the links to read the drafts and changes.
So, are you going to vote? What are your preferences? Do you agree with the new proposed setting or are you tuned in to the current privacy rules? Make your vote here.