This Week on Facebook - Facebook proposes policy changes

By Meghan Giannotta,

After a recent review over how to receive the best feedback from Facebook users, the social media site has proposed a change to the way in which they go about onsite changes. While Facebook users are made aware of the privacy and data related changes that have taken place over the years, new changes to their plans may make these variations less noticeable.

Vice President or Communications, Public Policy and Marketing for Facebook Elliot Schrage posted a document on the Facebook Site Governance regarding their proposals of certain changes. Schrage writes that the site is proposing updates to two documents, the Data Use Policy and the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. These two policies explain how Facebook uses the data it collects from users, and the terms of privacy.

Specifically, Facebook is proposing a change in the way in which they let users vote on privacy policies and site changes. Starting in 2009, the site allowed users to vote on site changes through comments on posts. It has recently been noticed that this policy resulted in people commenting with one-word responses to changes, rather than in depth responses. This has made the quality of the generated discussion very poor.

According to the Canadian Press, Facebook plans to continue to inform users of “significant changes” to their privacy policy, which is called its Data Use Policy. As a result of not receiving intelligent debate regarding changes, the form of feedback regarding the changes will not be the same.

While most of the users on Facebook do not read the privacy policies presented on the site to begin with, it is very important to do so. With this knowledge at hand, Facebook is also proposing to change the Data Use Policy to make users more aware of what the policy really means.

Facebook’s document regarding the changes stated that changes would include tips on how to manage the timeline, how to use timeline tools, etc. It also plans to make users more aware of what the term “hidden post” really means.

“When you hide things from your timeline, those posts are visible elsewhere, like in news feed, on other people’s timelines, or in search results,” Schrage stated. Changes in the policy will make things like this more common knowledge for users.

In regards to all of the changes Facebook plans to make, the social media site is still planning on receiving feedback regarding changes. All comments about the policy changes must be made by November 28.

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