They election is over but there’s still more voting to do.

Facebook users have one week to vote on Policy Changes and Voting Rights in the “Facebook Site Governance Vote.”

With the proposed changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SSR) and Data Use Policy on Nov. 21, Facebook is asking its 1 billion members to decide whether they would prefer the changes or keep the status quo.

It’s really important to review Facebook’s proposed changes and to cast your vote. If not enough users vote, they can just go ahead and implement the changes, even though those users who have already voted make it very clear they don’t want the new changes. Here’s a good snapshot of the proposed changes, from Mashable:

Users can vote on whether or not they want the following updates to take place:

  • Facebook will get rid of user voting on its governance changes; instead, the company will allow members to provide feedback by submitting questions to Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, as well as hosting webcasts to address comments and inquiries.
  • Facebook will share user data with its affiliates, including Instagram, which the company acquired in April.
  • Facebook will set “new filters” for managing incoming messages to users’ inboxes.
  • Facebook will change how they “refer” to certain products.
  • Facebook will clarify exactly who can see what on user timelines.

Voting started on Dec.3 at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET), and will last until Dec. 10 at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET). An “independent auditor” will examine vote tabulation to ensure “accurate results,” Facebook said in a release.

As of Dec. 5, close to 137,000 members have voted for Facebook to keep its existing documents, while more than 13,000 have voted for the company to enforce the proposed changes. Despite the former’s ample lead, however, at least 30% of all active registered users must vote in order for the results to be “binding,” according to Facebook. Any less than that, and the vote will only be “advisory” — meaning the social network can go ahead with its proposal.

It really all boils down to advertising opportunities and revenue growth for Facebook, at your privacy’s expense, and their ability to change their policies at whim whenever they feel like it, again, at your expense.

Now is the time to make your voice heard. So if you haven’t already voted, you have until December 10th to review the proposed changes and to cast your vote.

Facebook Governance Vote

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