Early Voting Results Show That Facebook Users Don’t Want Policy Changes

By Justin Lafferty 

Facebook is proposing significant changes to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities (namely the ability to vote on future privacy policy alterations), allowing users to vote for or against the changes. Users have until noon PT Dec. 10 to vote. While it would take a massive effort — 30 percent of Facebook’s 1 billion user base — to strike down the changes, it doesn’t take political stat wiz Nate Silver to predict where voters’ minds are: against.

Today is the first of seven days when Facebook users can vote to allow Facebook to make changes to the way it uses members’ data or to have the company stick with its original documents.

As of Monday afternoon, the vote was skewed in favor of keeping the original policies:

If you haven’t voted already, Facebook has set up a straightforward application to use for the vote. By signing in with Facebook, users can read the data use policy and the statement of rights and responsibilities, as well as the proposed changes. Users can then vote for the proposed new documents or vote to keep the existing ones in place. Members also have the ability to share this action with their friends:

Facebook is considering doing away with letting users vote on changes like this since voter turnout has been historically low (and Facebook’s benchmark for approval is set high at 30 percent). The last time policies were up for a change, just 0.038 percent of Facebook users chimed in officially.

In its place, Facebook is suggesting a system where users can comment and offer suggestions, which would be taken under consideration.

Readers: How do you vote — adopt Facebook’s changes or keep the existing documents in place?