Is Facebook Really Listening to its Users?
According to TechCrunch, the petition for the vote was led by Max Schrems, the Austrian founder of Europe Vs. Facebook, who retrieved over a thousand pages worth of his personal information from the social network last year that he thought had been deleted.
“I really don’t think any of our changes were controversial,” Facebook’s chief privacy officer for policy, Erin Egan, said to TechCrunch.
In 2009, Facebook set up a system that requires the company to hold a vote whenever more than 7,000 users comment on a proposed change. Facebook’s Site Governance page received more than 40,000 comments demanding a vote on the policy changes. According to Egan, the social network may increase the required number of minimum comments and bring in other changes so that “low-quality comments” are not considered valid. “Max is a user of ours and we appreciate his feedback, but we worry the voting threshold number may be incentivizing quantity over quality,” Egan said.
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