NEW YORK — Facebook is proposing to end its practice of letting users vote on changes to its privacy policies, though it will continue to let users comment on proposed updates.
The world’s biggest social media company said in a blog post Wednesday that its voting mechanism, which is triggered only if enough people comment on proposed changes, has become a system that emphasizes quantity of responses over quality of discussion. Users tend to leave one- or two-word comments objecting to changes instead of more in-depth responses.
“We will also provide additional notification mechanisms, including e-mail, for informing you of those changes,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of communications, public policy and marketing, wrote in the post.
Facebook began letting users vote on privacy changes in 2009. Since then, it has gone public and its user base has grown from around 200 million to more than 1 billion.