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Facebook opens balloting on user voting policy

This news story was published on December 4, 2012.
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By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times –

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is getting out the vote — on whether users can continue to vote on policy changes at the giant social network.

Voting started Monday and will last seven days.

Unless 30 percent of Facebook’s 1 billion-plus users cast their ballots, users will lose their right to vote. Critics say Facebook has set an impossibly high bar by requiring such a large percentage of its users to vote for the vote to count.

In a blog post, Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of communications, public policy and marketing, encouraged Facebook users to exercise their right to vote.

“We’ve heard from many of you through our comment process. We are grateful that you took the time to share your thoughts,” Schrage wrote. “This feedback allows us to respond to your questions and make substantive changes to our proposals before they are implemented.”

Facebook users can also let Facebook know what they think of other proposals, such as sharing user data with its subsidiary Instagram and loosening restrictions on who can send users messages on Facebook.

The proposals have morphed since Facebook got feedback from regulators, Schrage said.

Facebook users can also check out a live webcast, http:///, in which Facebook will field questions Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. EST.

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