In light of Facebook’s announcement of new privacy controls, Facebook bigs like Mark Zuckerberg are flying to Washington, DC to discuss issues like policy changes and try to influence legislators that what Facebook is doing is legal. They are specifically inviting House and Senate staff to the Capitol Visitors Center in order that they “learn about what these tools mean for your constituents and the future of sharing online.” This briefing will take place on Thursday, May 27 at 4 p.m. ET.
This is noteworthy in light of a recent poll by Mashable on “Why Facebook Users are Considering Leaving” which showed why most Facebook users would leave Facebook due to issues such as sharing personal information and that it sells data to advertisers. Only 31.14% of the voters said that they would stay. The graph is as follows:
In light of the new privacy settings, it will be interesting how many of these voters “put their money where mouths are.”