Less Than 0.01% of Active Facebook Users Cast Their Ballot in Site Governance Vote

Most Facebook users claim to be passionate about keeping their data private. They threaten to quit the social network when it makes changes they don't like. And they complain, and complain, and complain about how Mark Zuckerberg and co. don't respect their personal information.

But when Facebook gave them a chance to act, they didn't. At all.

It's embarrassing when barely than half a nation comes out to vote for their own president or prime minister. But how about a voter turnout of less than 0.01%, even when it's as simple as a click online? Welcome to Facebook.

A week of voting resulted in not even 700,000 ballots cast. To remind you, Facebook now has more than one billion active users.

Not surprisingly, 88% of those who did vote voted against adopting the suggested new policies, which include eliminating user voting in the future. But the voter turnout means the results are not binding on the company - Facebook requires a 30% turnout for that, which isn't entirely unreasonable.

The users have spoken. Or rather, not spoken. So aside from the 600,000 who actively voted against the new policies this week, there are a billion Facebookers out there who have no right to complain down the road. Queue the unjustified "this isn't fair" whining and empty "we're quitting Facebook!" threats.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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