December 8th, 2012

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Facebook Site Governance Vote

Facebook is holding a user vote on changing their rules. Voting ends at noon (Pacific time) this Monday, December 10th.

Although they provide a link to the current Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy and the new proposed Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and proposed Data Use Policy, the old and new versions are very similar and it's hard to see what is changing. So, I diff'ed the old and new versions for you.

I edited out some insignificant formatting changes, URLs, and corrections of typos, and left only what look like substantive differences. Lines beginning with < indicate text being removed from the old version, and > indicates text being added to the new version. Please share.

Edit: BTW, it seems to me the most significant changes in both documents is that the old versions have provisions for causing Facebook to hold a binding vote when they want to make some kinds of changes, and the new versions drop that. In the old version, a vote is only binding if 30% of Facebook users vote, and IIRC Facebook says they're dropping that because they never get 30% participation in the votes anyway.

Changes from the old SRR to the proposed new SRR:
  • < You will not use your personal timeline for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser).
    > You will not use your personal timeline primarily for your own commercial gain, and will use a Facebook Page for such purposes.

  • < If you create or administer a Page on Facebook, you agree to our Pages Terms.
    > If you create or administer a Page on Facebook, or run a promotion or an offer from your Page, you agree to our Pages Terms.

  • < We can change this Statement if we provide you notice (by posting the change on the Facebook Site Governance Page) and an opportunity to comment. To get notice of any future changes to this Statement, visit our Facebook Site Governance Page and "like" the Page.
    < For changes to sections 7, 8, 9, and 11 (sections relating to payments, application developers, website operators, and advertisers), we will give you a minimum of three days notice. For all other changes we will give you a minimum of seven days notice. Comments to proposed changes will be made on the Facebook Site Governance Page.
    < If more than 7,000 users post a substantive comment on a particular proposed change, we will also give you the opportunity to participate in a vote in which you will be provided alternatives. The vote shall be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.
    < We can make changes for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, upon notice without opportunity to comment.
    > Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, we will provide you with seven (7) days notice (for example, by posting the change on the Facebook Site Governance Page) and an opportunity to comment on changes to this Statement. You can also visit our Facebook Site Governance Page and "like" the Page to get updates about changes to this Statement.


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