Facebook users recently had the opportunity to vote on matters related to Facebook privacy.
What are users voting on exactly?
First, the new documents state that Facebook will post all of your information publicly, including your profile picture, gender, and cover photo. These documents also discuss what information Facebook can collect from you as well as how Facebook uses all of this information they collect from you. It also discusses what other people can post about you.
What do these votes mean?
But most people didn’t think Facebook will receive its 270 million votes. First, the voting was not highly publicized, so most users did not know that it even took place. Second, many Facebook users have already been irritated with the social network. Facebook is currently under scrutiny due to a failed attempt at making the company an IPO. They offered the public the opportunity to buy stock in Facebook for $38. After it was all said and done, the stock closed at $38.23. Two weeks later, the stock dropped 26 percent.
On top of the lack of publicity and failed IPO, Facebook has always been criticized for its changes to the social network. People enjoy protecting their privacy, and if Facebook continues to make changes, especially those that claim it will make user information public, it’s only going to upset more and more people, which will force them to possibly stop using the network altogether.
The turnout of the vote proved to be a flop. Only 0.038% – or about one in every 2,600 Facebook users – actually cast a vote on the privacy changes.
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