Game Over. Facebook Taking Away Users’ Right To Vote On Privacy Policy!

Around three weeks ago, Facebook sent emails to its users proposing to take away the voting privileges from them for the site’s governance issues. Deadline of voting for and against Facebook was until December 10, 2012 by 12:00 pm (PST). The voting result has been published. Based on voting result, Facebook is taking away users’ right to vote on privacy policy.

Result Of Facebook Site Governance Vote

Facebook launched a seven day voting poll where Facebook users were to vote for and against Facebook’s proposal for taking away the voting privileges from them. Facebook announced that, minimum 30% of all Facebook users have to cast their votes against Facebook’s proposal (Facebook’s proposal was taking away users’ right to vote on privacy policy from them).

During the voting session, 544,642 users voted against and 75,539 users voted in favor of Facebook’s proposal. Facebook announced that the company needs 299.4 million more votes against the proposal by December 10, 2012 12:00 pm (PST) in order to block the implementation of the new version of Facebook’s Statement Of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) and Data Use Policy. Otherwise, Facebook users will lose the ability to vote on future changes, and their data will be intermingled with Instagram (Instagram is a free photo-sharing social network that enables users to share photos with other Instagram users who are connected to a variety of social networking services).

The poll has finished. Out of more than 1 billion active users, total 668,872 Facebook users voted. Among them, 589,141 users recommended Facebook to keep their existing of SRR and Data Use Policy. On the other side, only 79, 731 users voted for Facebook’s proposal.

Now the game is over. Facebook users has lost the ability to vote on future changes. That means, users’ data is going to be intermingled with Instagram and users have no right to raise any objection in future on how the company handles its users’ personal information.

Facebook said Tuesday, December 11 that it had already adopted the policy changes. From now on we recommend Facebook users to read the full Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) and Data Use Policy of Facebook.

Source: Facebook

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