Facebook is proposing updates to its governing documents and it’s asking its users to have their say.
The documents explain how the social network collects and uses data when people use Facebook and explains the terms governing the use of its services.
If you’re a Facebook user (and let’s be honest, the odds of that are pretty good) then you can comment, but not vote, on the changes. According to specialist news site All Facebook, the social network did previously have provision for voting but has done away with it for the current round of changes.
Facebook says that the change was made because the voting system, which was triggered by a specific number of comments, “actually resulted in a system that incentivized the quantity of comments over their quality“.
Every time Facebook posts a significant change to the governing documents, it says, it will provide a seven-day period for review and comment. In addition, it will allow people to ask chief privacy officer Erin Egan about privacy, safety and security.
The social network’s vice president of communications, public policy and marketing Elliot Schrage also outlines some of Facebook’s proposed updates: