It's time to exercise your democratic right -- not at the ballot booth, but on Facebook.
The social network is calling on users to vote on which privacy rules will govern the site. As in most elections, you only really have two choices: the current documents, or new ones drawn up with the help of user feedback.
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So what's different about the new privacy rules? Comparing the current and new rules side-by-side, one thing jumped out at us: the new Data Use Policy. It contains an expanded list of activities in which user data can be collect by Facebook -- whether you're interacting with an app or something else on the site.
The company states that "if more than 30% of all active registered users vote, the results will be binding. If turnout is less than 30%, the vote will be advisory."
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In other words, some 300 million users will have to vote to make this definitive. That's roughly the same number as the population of the U.S.
Voting started this Friday and ends the following week, Friday June 8 at 9 a.m. PT. You can vote here.
The company said a lot of users simply asked for expanded explanations on certain sections, which it did in the new policies.
The new Data Use Policy will include an entire section with examples, too, just to make things more clear. Facebook says the "vast majority" of changes between the two documents are changes in wording and how sections are explained, not how user data is captured.
Facebook held a site governance vote in 2009. A spokesperson from Facebook said 665,654 votes were cast to support the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Principles, which won by a margin of 74.37%.
Are you going to vote? For which policy and why? Let us know in the comments.
This story originally published on Mashable here.