Facebook Weeklong Voting Period on New User Policies Is Under Way

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2012-12-04 Print this article Print

Another Facebook user, Lexy Cameron, wrote that a loss of voting rights would be unacceptable. "Without being able to vote, should the changes be made, I shall leave Facebook," she wrote.

Qui Ji Bo wrote that he was upset that Facebook announced the voting without sending a message about it to every registered Facebook user to advise them to make their beliefs known. "Why not send this notice out to everyone on FB?" he wrote. "I had to find about it from a friend. Quit [misleading] us. This vote is a sham unless people know about it."

Several voters on the comments page said they were getting error messages when they tried to cast their votes.

"An error has occurred," wrote Johanne Moore. "This voting is RIGGED!"

Tannie Marie wrote, "Not able to vote! Keep getting 'An error has occurred."

Nicole White wrote that "the app is broken and won't let me vote. Keeps popping up a window saying 'error' and asking me to reload the app. I call shenanigans on this app!"

Critics, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a nonprofit privacy group, have been unhappy about the latest round of proposed user policy changes, arguing that they raise privacy risks for users, may be contrary to law and violate Facebook's previous commitments to users about site governance.

The proposal to allow the sharing of user information with Facebook affiliates has also come under loud criticism. In April, Facebook acquired Instagram, which presently doesn't share user information with Facebook. That potentially could change in the future if the user policies are modified.

The one-week comment period on the latest proposed user policy changes ended Nov. 28. The voting period began soon after. More than 14,000 Facebook users posted comments on the proposals before the one-week review period was completed.


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