Yesterday, Facebook emailed its users the proposed updates to its Data Use Policy, which explains how Facebook collects and uses data. Also included in the proposed updates is the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) explaining the terms governing the use of Facebook’s services. In a detailed email to its users, Facebook elaborated that the updates will give users information about its practices, while also introducing changes to its products. Facebook explains that the updates bring new tools to allow users to manage their Facebook Messages, while also changing the way it refers to some products. The proposed updates also offer tips to users on managing their Timeline. Importantly, the updates will also give users reminders about what is visible to others on Facebook.
Among other things, Facebook informed its users about the proposed changes to the site governance process for future updates to its Data Use Policy and SRR.
Informing users about the changes
“We deeply value the feedback we receive from you during our comment period but have found that the voting mechanism created a system that incentivized quantity of comments over the quality of them. So, we are proposing to end the voting component in order to promote a more meaningful environment for feedback. We also plan to roll out new engagement channels, including a feature for submitting questions about privacy to our Chief Privacy Officer of Policy. We encourage you to review these proposed changes and give us feedback before we finalize them. Please visit the “Documents” tab of the Facebook Site Governance Page to learn more about these changes and to submit comments before 09 PST on 28 November 2012,” the email read.
The announcement of the updated Data Use Policy has been one of the most profound ones by the company in recent times.
Only yesterday, we had reported that the multinational French carrier Orange has joined hands with Facebook to offer a social calling service, named ‘Party Call'.
In an announcement made on Wednesday, Orange announced that the ‘Party Call’ feature will be available on the mobile and desktop versions of the social networking website, and users will be able to call each other and make group calls using ties on Facebook.
What is important about this partnership is that not Facebook, but Orange is leading this initiative by making use of Facebook’s open API. The service uses Facebook's open social graph, letting users invite friends and post messages about each call to Timelines.
In a bid to improve the mobile versions of the social networking service, Facebook recently informed TechCrunch that the ‘Share’ button will be rolled out to the mobile site, and will come soon to the Android and iOS apps.
The report states that this feature will allow people to share links and photos posted by others or even a Sponsored Story ad and quickly repost it with the option of adding a comment. This will work a lot like its desktop counterpart.
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