But this is still a Zuckocracy. In the very likely case that less than 30 per cent of the site’s 1 billion users don’t vote and a majority don’t reject the proposal, Facebook will revoke users’ voting rights on any future policy or administrative changes. If over 30 per cent vote, the verdict will be binding.
In addition to deciding the fate of the Facebook suffrage movement, users will be voting on whether Facebook can share data between its affiliates (Instagram being the major one). Also on the chopping block is the site’s ability to decide who’s able to send you private messages and prevent users from using personal profiles for “commercial gain,” which will be strictly relegated to a Facebook fan page.
The virtual voting polls opened today and will close at 7am AEDT on December 11, giving users a full seven days to vote for or against the changes. For anyone with lingering concerns, Facebook will hold a live webcast tomorrow at 9.30am PST (4.30am AEDT) to respond to user-submitted questions. [Facebook via TechCrunch]