Facebook took a vote. Of course, only 640,000 users cast their vote, but at least the opportunity was there. In an example of the new social media effecting society, Facebook opened up to its users a business decision on how to handle user information.
“The new governing principles state that users own the content they post on Facebook, but they do not provide a clause for permanent deletion from the site. The amended document also lays out how site changes will be handled in the future, saying that if 7,000 users comment on a proposed change, Facebook will provide alternatives and hold a public vote. As before, the vote is stated as binding only if more than 30% of Facebook’s active users vote. ”
Maybe just a first step, but an important first step at social order in the world of social media.