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Facebook invites more comment on policy changes

John P. Mello Jr. | April 23, 2012
Facebook began notifying some of its members Friday night that it is reopening the comment period for changes in its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR).

The SRR was also rapped for allowing a member's friends to share the member's information with apps used by the friends. Facebook says that change, too, was made to make the SRR jibe with the Data Use Policy which, since 2007 has read:

"If you, your friends, or members of your network use any third-party applications developed using the Facebook Platform...those Platform Applications may access and share certain information about you with others in accordance with your privacy settings."

Facebook adds that users can control how their data is shared with apps. However, it entails hunting through privacy controls and making "granular" changes to an account.

Provisions on tagging Facebook members in photos are also being altered in the SRR. Facebook is removing a prohibition against tagging members who don't want to be tagged and replacing it with a notice that the social network "offers social reporting tools to enable users to provide feedback about tagging."

The earlier version of the revised SRR elicited many comments from members on a number of topics unrelated to the SRR itself, including their distaste on the network's Timeline redesign. It also required Facebook to give members a vote on proposed changes in the SRR if more than 7000 of them posted a comment on the changes. That's been changed to make obtaining a vote more difficult:

"If more than 7000 users post a substantive comment on a particular proposed change, we will also give you the opportunity to participate in a vote in which you will be provided alternatives."

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