Facebook's Policy Tweaks Fail to Connect with Users
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
June 12 2012 02:27 PM ET
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It's official. Facebook's updated user policy is now in effect following a user vote that failed to get enough participation to count.
That comes as no surprise, because the choice was not much of a choice at all — Facebook users could vote for the old policy, or the new one that did little more than change wording to reflect Timeline's replacement of profiles.
And that's not what Facebook's critics wanted. An Austrian activist group launched an effort to force Facebook into major policy changes, such as eliminating Timeline and demanding Facebook reveal all the data it gathers about users.
The group's supporters logged enough comments to bring the policy to a vote, but that didn't mean Facebook would change the ballot. [Facebook Privacy Activists Mistaken in Victory Claim ]
In all, 342,632 users voted, about 10 percent of the more than 3 million votes needed to make a vote binding, according to Inside Facebook.
The message from Facebook is clear: Take it or leave it.