Facebook invites users to vote on privacy policy

Josh Peterson Tech Editor
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Facebook is giving its users the ability to vote on its privacy policy over the course of the next seven days.

Facebook’s recent changes to its privacy policy sparked a round of criticism from users around the world over concern that the changes would affect how user ownership rights of the content posted to the social network.

In a Facebook Note entitled, “Responding to Your Feedback,” Elliot Schrage, vice president of Communications, Public Policy and Marketing at Facebook, said Monday that the criticisms caused the company to revise its policy yet again after consultation with regulators and user feedback.

“We’ve revised this proposal to make it clear that the sharing of information among our affiliates is and will be done in compliance with all applicable laws, and where additional consent of our users is required, we will obtain it,” said Schrage.

Facebook users are invited to vote on the revision through an app, Facebook Site Governance Vote. Polling officially opened around 3 p.m. EST and will close at 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 10, 2012.

Representatives from Facebook Inc, and Facebook Ireland Ltd. will also hold a live webcast on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. EST in order to answer more user questions.

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