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November 22, 2012

Facebook plans to ditch user voting mechanism on privacy issues

Facebook will carry on with offering users with information associated with changes made to the privacy policy or data use policy

By CBR Staff Writer

Facebook is planning to end the user voting system in on privacy issues which allowed users to let go a policy change if it attracted more than 7,000 comments and more than 30% of the users participate in a vote on Facebook.

The company said in a blogspot that the policy changes are being implemented as the user base as grown more than one billion mark monthly and 7,000 comment which was stipulated earlier can easily surpassed.

The mechanism would be replaced by a new system that seeks high-quality feedback rather than just votes, which would also prevent triggering of votes by copy-and-pasted comments from privacy activists.

Facebook communications, public policy, and marketing vice president Elliot Schrage said that the voting mechanism actually resulted in a system that motivates the quantity of comments over their quality.

"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," Schrage said.

However, the social networking firm also revealed that it will carry on offering users with information associated with changes made to the privacy policy or data use policy.

"We will also provide additional notification mechanisms, including email, for informing you of those changes," Schrage said.

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The company revealed that it will send e-mail notifications to users about the policy change which will have a seven-day comment period.

Facebook’s move follows other modifications including a plan to share data with its recently acquired Instagram.

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