Friday, April 24, 2009

Looks like Facebook doesn't want you that much after all

Following up on a story we blogged about in February called Facebook wants you! (to help them draft a user's bill of rights) in which the social networking giant asked its members draft a new user's agreement following a PR fiasco resulting from Facebook's surreptitious efforts to grant itself a perpetual license in all user-posted content, turns out there was a catch.  Apparently Facebook was only willing to assent to user input if at least 30% of its 200 million members voted on the new bill of rights (if you don't have a calculator handy, that equals 60 million votes).

The Silicon Valley News is reporting that as of yesterday morning, only about 609,000 members have cast votes.  For now, at least, it looks like Facebook glasnost is over.  A company spokesman said they plan to announce the next steps shortly.  Until then, post content at your own risk.

Hat tip to BNA Internet Law News.

I am the scholarship dude.


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