Facebook: Giving democracy a try

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According to the Associated Press, Facebook is asserting that its 175 million users will  play a vital role in determining the website’s policies – through reviewing, commenting and voting.  Zuckerberg is stressing this fact after receiving some pretty vicious feedback in response to Facebook‘s new Terms of Service, which Consumerist.com called “We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.”  Read more for an excerpt from the article.

The company also said its users will get a hand in determining the various policies — such as privacy, ownership and sharing — by reviewing, commenting and voting on them before they are put in place.  If more than 7,000 users comment on any proposed change, it would go to a vote. It would be binding to Facebook if more than 30 percent of active users vote. Based on Facebook’s current size, that would be nearly 53 million people. By comparison, a group created to protest Facebook’s new terms has roughly 139,600 members as of Thursday.

For more on Facebook’s attempt at democracy, check out the complete article.

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