In a blog post Wednesday, Facebook communications chief Elliot Schrage wrote the rule would be dropped because it had encouraged a deluge of low quality comment that didn't represent the widespread opinion of the network's users.
Furthermore, a vote on site governance policy in June this year attracted participation by only 350,000 of its users, which was about 0.04 percent of the Facebook community, showing that a turnout of 30 percent for a vote among 1 billion users was unachievable.
"Therefore, we're proposing to end the voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement," Schrage wrote in the blog.
Under the new system, planned to be introduced on November 29, Facebook aims to give users a seven-day comment and review period for what it calls significant changes to its Data Use Policy and its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR).
In addition, the social network will offer a "Ask the Chief Privacy Officer" feature, allowing users to submit questions to Facebook's privacy chief Erin Egan. According to Elliot Schrage, Egan would also host regular webcasts to discuss privacy issues with users.
uhe/dr (dpa, AP, dapd)