Facebook’s New Data Use Policy: What’s Changed? No Vote on Future Changes

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Facebook’s new Data Use policy removes the user’s right to a binding vote. Image by VLN

Most Significant Change to Facebook’s Data Use Policy

The most significant change to Facebook’s Data Use Policy comes at the very end of the document, and could potentially have a major affect on future changes to the Data Use Policy. Currently, FB has a policy in place to allow user protest to trigger a vote. The new policy removes that vote provision entirely.
    • Original policy: “Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, we will give you seven (7) days to provide us with comments on the change. If we receive more than 7000 comments concerning a particular change, we will put the change up for a vote. The vote will be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.
    • New Policy: “Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, we will give you seven (7) days to provide us with comments on the change. After the comment period, if we adopt any changes, we will provide notice (for example, on the Facebook Site Governance Page or in this policy) of the effective date.”

Facebook Data Use Changes

Although the majority of the changes in the FB Data Use documents were innocuous, the removal of user’s voting rights on significant changes could be very serious. If Facebook users do not protest the removal of that policy change, they will have no future voice in changes to FB Data Use policies. Want to protest while you still have time? “Like” the Governance page and comment – and share with your friends.

Resources: 

Facebook. Proposed Date Use Policy. (2012). Accessed November 22, 2012.

Facebook. Date Use Policy. (2012). Accessed November 22, 2012.

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