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Facebook Inc. said it would move to implement two new governing documents after preliminary results showed that 74.4% of Facebook users who participated in a vote on the new documents supported them.
The social-networking site said it would adopt the new terms of service even though too few users voted to reach the threshold -- 30% of users – that it set for the new terms to go into effect. The company said that "more than 600,000" of its 200 million users voted.
"We'd hoped to have a bigger turnout for this inaugural vote, but it is important to keep in mind that this vote was a first for users just like it was a first for Facebook," said Facebook's general counsel, Ted Ullyot, in a blog post late Thursday night.
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All things considered, 600K is an awesome turnout... considering that it wasn't an election whose issues people understood or were that emotionally concerned about, and it wasn't very well publicized. I've often mused that our federal elections would be more effective if less people voted... but that's another topic ;)
It would have been better to write...
Which documents would you like approve...
New Documents (these are the ones we'd really like you to vote on because it has the support of the whole community and will allow us to commerically market your data in ways that we were never previously allowed to do.).
Existing documents (boo, no no, ooo you wicked documents, we were so naive to have written these to begin with..FacebookAutoslap....naughty naughty).
But congrats to Facebook for actually putting a vote out there