The comment period for our proposed new Data Use Policy is now complete. Thank you for your participation. We plan to review and analyze your comments over the coming days and will keep you posted on next steps.
If more than 7,000 users comment on the proposed change, we will also give you the opportunity to participate in a vote in which you will be provided alternatives. The vote shall be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.
So, how many comments were made? Here's the breakdown (at the time of writing, these numbers can still go up):
The plan was simple: get as many people as possible to spam the comment section with the statement "I oppose the changes and want a vote about the demands on www.our-policy.org." It worked.
Now let's see how long it takes Facebook to launch a voting system for its new Data Use Policy.
By the way, if you think the name "Europe versus Facebook" seems familiar, there's a good reason for that. This is the same group that made 22 formal complaints regarding the social network's practices. The group even managed to accidentally get Reddit involved, whose users overwhelmed Facebook with data requests back in September 2011.
Facebook has over 901 million active users, but its headquarters in the U.S. is not responsible for the majority of them. Facebook's international headquarters is in Dublin, meaning all users outside of the U.S. and Canada are subject to Irish and European data protection laws. Facebook chose Dublin for the tax incentives: businesses are charged approximately 2 percent tax in Dublin compared to 35 percent tax in the U.S.