Facebook to adopt rules despite vote shortfall

April 24, 2009 9:04:09 AM PDT
Facebook will adopt new rules governing the social network even though a vote fell well short of a minimum threshold. The new documents specify, among other things, that users own their information, not Facebook. An earlier attempt to push changes led to user confusion and protests over who controls the personal information users share on the site.

That has prompted Facebook to conduct a vote.

More than 600,000 of Facebook's 200 million regular users voted, with nearly three-quarters in favor of the changes.

But Facebook had set a minimum threshold of a 30 percent voter turnout for the vote to be binding. That would have been about 60 million people, or about 100 times the actual turnout.

The company says Facebook will consider lowering that threshold for future votes.


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