We wrote earlier
that Facebook was going to allow site users to vote on its new Terms of Service. Well, the polls are now open, and users can start voiting.
You probably remember the massive explosion that happened when Facebook modified its Terms of Service (ToS) such that it implied Facebook owned all your content, forever. They eventually backed down
, reverting to the prior ToS, but the damage was done.
As Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said when they first announced the vote:
At any rate, voting has begun and you can vote here
. Voting will remain open until next Thursday, April 23, at 11:59 AM PDT. Facebook says:
One thing to remember, though: the results are not binding unless 30% of "active" users vote. An "active user" is defined as "those who have logged into the site within the past 30 days."
That's a concern for Julius Harper Jr., the man who formed the "People Against the New Terms of Service
" group. He told PC World
"My concern is, how realistic it is to expect 30 percent of people who have logged into Facebook at least once in the previous 30 days to participate? That's easily tens of millions of people."
Yes, since Facebook just passed 200 million users
(not all of which, admittedly, may qualify as "active") that would be quite a number of votes required. Still, all we can do is wait and see.