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