Facebook is changing their Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. These changes will directly impact your use of Facebook and what happens to your content. While Facebook is offering users the opportunity to vote on the outcome, they are also requiring more than 30% of their active user-base to vote for that vote to be binding. If turnout is less than 30%, the vote will be “advisory.”
This means that over 300,000,000(!) people must cast a vote for the changes to be binding.
Additionally; YOU ONLY HAVE 5 DAYS TO VOTE! (As of 12/5/12. Voting will end on December 10 at 12:00PM (PST) / December 10 at 8:00PM (GMT).).
300,000,000 people in 5 Days!!!
I have serious reservations about this process and find it significantly flawed. Reaching the required 300,000,000 votes in 5 days (and making sure people understand what they’re voting for) is not realistic and probably not possible. After all, two years of nearly continuous campaigning resulted in less than half that number voting in the U.S. Presidential Election and what was/is at stake in that election absolutely dwarfs what you’re voting for on Facebook.
I absolutely encourage you to understand the issues (see links below) AND VOTE!
While I do not believe that Facebook will honor the results (Facebook has a long history of deceiving their users and there is no reason to believe that this will change), I could be wrong (and hope I am).
So, please click on the links below. Learn about the issues, AND VOTE!
And Good Luck to us all (PLEASE Share).
https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-site-governance/responding-to-your-feedback/10152321231735301 (Be sure to click on “Explanation of Changes” so you understand what Facebook claims to be up to.)
VOTE HERE: https://apps.facebook.com/fbsitegovernance