Facebook privacy policy voting fails due to low turnout

 Facebook privacy policy voting fails due to low turnout

The result is out, and the Facebook democracy experiment has failed.  Facebook’s attempt at asking users to vote on whether or not the current privacy policy should change ultimately gathered only 342,600 votes.  That may be a lot of voters if you’re talking about a city, but Facebook has over 900 million users!

 Facebook privacy policy voting fails due to low turnout

The result is out, and the Facebook democracy experiment has failed.  Facebook’s attempt at asking users to vote on whether or not the current privacy policy should change ultimately gathered only 342,600 votes.  That may be a lot of voters if you’re talking about a city, but Facebook has over 900 million users!

“A very very small minority of people that use Facebook voted, which was pretty disappointing from our point of view,” says Jaime Schopflin—spokeswoman for Facebook.

“A very very small” amount of people is an understatement.  If you do the mathematical calculation, the turnout for the voting is a minuscule 0.1%.  Facebook states that a 30% voting turnout is necessary to consider the vote as binding.  If you’re in the mood to ridicule Facebook even more, then 0.1% means that 99.9% of Facebook users didn’t know or care enough to click on the “Privacy Policy” link. 

Facebook said that it would consider the vote as “advisory” if the turnout was well below expectation. 

Source: pcworld.com

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