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After minimal participation, Facebook policy voting ends

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The seven-day voting period for Facebook's privacy policy ended today, with only .00038 percent of Facebook users participating, Ars Technica reports.

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The seven-day voting period for Facebook's privacy policy ended today, with only .038 percent of Facebook users participating, Ars Technica reports. In order for the vote to be binding, 30 percent of active Facebook users needed to participate, but less than 350,000 of the necessary 270 million cast their ballots. Of the 342,632 participants, 44,749 voted for the new policy and 297,883 voted against the changes. Because the turnout fell far short of the benchmark, the vote will only be used in an advisory capacity on Facebook's decision to update the "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" and data use policy. Although 87 percent of voters opposed the changes, such a weak voter turnout sends a very different message — more than 99 percent of Facebook users didn't see or didn't care about the changes.