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Facebook unveils plans to end public privacy votes

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Facebook has unveiled plans to end public votes on changes to its privacy policy.

The social network recently sent out an email to all members explaining the new measures are being introduced to pave the way for "more meaningful" methods of user feedback.

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Mark Zuckerberg's firm also announced that information could be shared across other services under its umbrella, including photography application Instagram.

A vote over the new measures could take place, but the firm has said that more than 300 million users would have to take part in order for the result to be taken into account.

Rights group our-policy.org has hit out at Facebook over the changes and called for users to comment on the announcement page en masse to trigger a vote on the matter. At least 7,000 comments must be posted before Facebook addresses an issue of this nature.

Facebook believes that the current feedback system "incentivises" the quantity of comments over quality and is seeking a new way to "effectively engage" with its subscribers.

Opponents of the measures have drawn up a lengthy list of objections and also dismissed Facebook's proposals as being too vague.

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