In an attempt to draw public attention to the privacy changes and voting mechanism, nonprofit group Electronic Privacy Information Center targeted Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an open letter. The group stated "Although Facebook's existing voting mechanism set an unreasonably high participation threshold, scrapping the mechanism altogether raises questions about Facebook's willingness to take seriously the participation of Facebook users." The group is dedicated to exposing First Amendment infringement, civil liberties issues, and privacy concerns.
Many others also pan the privacy changes indicating the move to make users more searchable eliminates their right to obscurity. Some, like Jeffrey Chester of the Center For Digital Democracy, suggest the changes instilled today breach the privacy settlement terms reached between Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission. In a recent interview, Chester suggested: "Facebook's vision of its member base is a bunch of people naked, exposed, and targeted at will by anyone who wants to do so. We are going to urge the commission to look at this closely."
In the wake of the new changes, it is in users' best interest to closely monitor and maintain extreme care with the information they post, share, and upload.