Social Network, Facebook announced Friday 23rd November 2012 that it will no longer let users have a say in its privacy policies or be allowed to vote on proposed policy changes at the company because their comments weren’t good enough. The move prompted data protection regulators in Europe to seek urgent clarification from the company. Facebook revealed that it will reverse its 2009 policy that let users vote on its privacy rules, blaming the move on the low quality of the comments that it often received.
While promising to value user feedback, Facebook Vice President for Communications, Public Policy and Marketing Elliot Schrage declared in a company blog that
“We’re proposing to end the voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement”
Facebook said in a post detailing the proposed changes published on Wednesday.
The news hasn’t gone down well with Facebook users, who ironically have taken to the social network to voice their rage and dissatisfaction. Leaving messages saying:
”I oppose the change, want to vote on this. I do not approve of any private or public data, created, stored, shared, or posted on my profile or associated with my profile, to be used by any other party including Facebook, without my prior explicit approval.”
”Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the proposed changes. I do NOT want these changes to go into effect. I do not want you to use my information for your own purposes. I do not want my information shared with those whom YOU decide. In short, I vehemently oppose these proposed changes. You do not have my permisson to share any information about me.”
”I demand the abilty to delete anything and everything that I wish to remove from facebook and demand that any such deleted information, picture or otherwise, be deleted from facebook permanently. I oppose facebook storing any information about me that I wish to remove. I oppose the changes and want an opportunity to vote.Further, I want an “opt-in” policy rather then “opt-out” and a clear explanation of changes that are going to be made with specific examples before the changes are implemented”
”I have to disagree with these changes, Big Brother comes to mind, I have never shared information about me, pics or any thing that would be offensive, but want to choose who sees my “life”, I will choose to opt out and close my FB account if this is your bottom line. I only have a FB account to stay in touch with close family and friends who are far away through the miles, but we can skype and call it a good day instead. It is your site, and you need to do what is in your best interest for your site, but you will probably lose many of your users over this one.”
”I oppose the changes and want a vote about the demands on
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