Facebook is proposing to do away with all democracy in its privacy system, eliminating the right for users to vote on changes in its policies. This change may be the last vote ever for Facebook users. Thanks to the online activism of Our Policy, there are over 11,000 comments on Facebook’s proposed vote elimination, well over the 7,000 comment threshold that triggers a vote.
Almost all the comments are in opposition to the proposed vote elimination.
Now comes the hard part… getting 300 million users to participate in the vote. Even if 99 percent of voting Facebook users oppose the policy, their votes will be ignored if fewer than 300 million users participate in the voting process.
Ironically, Facebook cites this high threshold of voter participation as a reason to change its policies. Of course, Facebook could reform the voting system, but its corporate officers prefer to democratic processes almost completely.
There is one democratic option left to Facebook users: They are free to change their own social media behavior. They could choose to stop clicking like on corporate advertisements in exchange for small discounts in retail stores. They could choose merely to “like” their friends’ personal postings, or to stop clicking “like” altogether, leaving only comments.
People upset with Facebook could transition to other social media sites. They could engage in efforts to confuse the Big Data system, engaging in massive campaigns of “likes” of things they dislike.
Or, current Facebook users could innovate off-line social media – completely off-computer, where information can’t be tracked.
Many options are available to current Facebook users who are fed up with the social media corporation’s intrusions into users’ private lives.
What option do you choose to take?