An Email from Facebook? That Can’t Be Good (II)by John Carroll onNov 23, 2012 • 12:31 am 2 Comments
The hardtracking staff noted yesterday that Facebook has alerted its Faceherd to several changes in its Data Use Policy, including:
New tools for managing your Facebook Messages
Changes to how we refer to certain products
Tips on managing your Timeline
Reminders about what’s visible to other people on Facebook
Sorry to say, we also buried the lede. Which is this (via the Associated Press):
Facebook proposes to end voting on privacy issues
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is proposing to end its practice of letting users vote on changes to its privacy policies, though it will continue to let users comment on proposed updates.
The world’s biggest social media company said in a blog post Wednesday that its voting mechanism, which is triggered only if enough people comment on proposed changes, has become a system that emphasizes quantity of responses over quality of discussion. Users tend to leave one or two-word comments objecting to changes instead of more in-depth responses.
Which means . . . exactly nothing.
Facebook has allowed users to vote on privacy issues for the past three years, but now its stock is publicly traded so all bets – except the Wall Street ones – are off.
Good news for Facebook.
Bad news for the Faceherd.
John Carroll, who also writes at Campaign Outsider and It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town, is a media analyst and mass communication professor at Boston University.
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