Facebook Creating Council of Users
An hour after Facebook announced its plans to let users participate in any changes made to the site's terms of service, I met with Facebook's chief privacy officer Chris Kelly for a short conversation. He gave me a few more details about how the process would work, but it sounds like specifics are still being worked out.
Facebook said it would create a "council" to guide the governing process. Kelly said that the council would be made up of users "who are particularly articulate in expressing those views." He said he didn't know how large the council would be, but it would eventually become clear how many users wanted to be actively involved in such decisions.
Facebook is also trying to figure out how the voting process would work, including how the company or council would decide which issues warrant a vote by users.
Kelly is in Washington more frequently now as Facebook gets more involved with policy issues. For example, Facebook has a clear stake in any privacy regulation proposed by the Federal Trade Commission or Capitol Hill. Net neutrality is also an issue the firm is watching closely. And with Obama's promise of a more connected and open government, Facebook is looking out for ways it can be involved with that movement.
February 26, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
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