Facebook stuck to its promise to make the social networking website governance more transparent and democratic by allowing users to vote on whether they want to use the existing terms of service or not.
The new guidelines, called Facebook Principals and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SSR), were created using Wikipedia-like crowdsourcing techniques. Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg commented on the voting process saying that "We encourage you to participate and make your voice heard."
Several millions of Facebook users are expected to vote on the changes, but it is unlikely more than 5 percent of Facebook's estimated 200 million registered active users the social network has worldwide.
The result will only be binding if more than 30 percent of active Facebook users participate in it, but it is highly unlikely that more than 60 million users will take part in it.
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Even if Facebook manages only 10 million votes, it will be a proof that social networking websites can work as democratic platform. Facebook has been wise to call upon its users to vote on this small but significant change. If the current trend is confirmed, it is very likely that Facebook will choose to go for the new terms and conclusions, which they had put forward anyway, only this time, it's the user's choice.
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