In a move to recover from the controversy sparked over the changes it made in terms and conditions, Facebook on Thursday invited its members to help devise its governing policies by discussing, analyzing, and voting on the rules of the website.
Announcing the new strategy, Facebook’s founder and chief exec Mark Zuckerberg said that the website didn’t own and control its members’ contents, such as images and messages, and it never had any plans to give that impression to the members.
In a briefing with reporters, Zuckerberg said in a statement, “This is all about us trusting our users and that we are all on the same page about where we want to go”.
Under what is being dubbed as a “new model of governance”, Facebook will be putting a couple of draft documents for evaluation, including “The Facebook Principles”, which discusses about company’s values on privacy and control of content posted on the website, and “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”, which spells out the rights and duties of the members and the website.
The company presents users the opportunity to analyze, comment, and vote on these two documents over the period of next 30 days.
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Like Google, Facebook swiftly acted before to calm down its users and the move to get its users more involved is a smart one bearing in mind that Facebook is all about communities. Acting quickly when you messed up help restore confidence and it is unlikely that last week's cockup over the privacy policies will have a long lasting effect.
(The Los Angeles Times)