April 23, 2009

Democracy On Facebook Yields Dismal Voter Turnout

FACEBOOK INVITED the 200 million people who regularly use the site to vote on its governing documents. The company launched the vote after concerns erupted about who controls users' personal information. The site gave its members until Thursday to choose either the current terms of use, or a revised set of documents that reflect input from users over the past 30 days.

However, Facebook said the vote would be binding only if 30 percent of the site's active users voted. That would be 60 million people.

On Thursday morning, a vote on the site revealed that about 609,000 Facebook residents had cast ballots.

That dismal turnout doesn't speak well for the health of Democracy on Facebook.


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