Facebook asked users to vote on whether or not they should be able to vote on future changes to the policy that governs what the company does with users’ data. To keep the old process of voting in place, 30 percent of Facebook’s 1 billion-strong user base had to vote for that, but it appears that less than 1 million officially voiced their opinions. However, those who have voted clearly want to keep the status quo.
When Facebook told users it was planning to approve changes to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities without putting them to a vote, users and privacy advocates were up in arms. Luckily, commenters have taken matters into their own hands, posting enough comments on the note announcing the changes to force Facebook to put them to a vote.
Can’t find that slip of paper telling you where to cast your vote tomorrow in the presidential election? Don’t worry, Facebook is here to help. An application on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page directs voters to their polling place, based on their address.
This has been the most social election in history, and Facebook is at the center of it all. Fight for the Future, an Internet freedom advocacy group, is tapping into that power with Voting Blocks, a Facebook application that helps organizations encourage their supporters to spread the word about voting on issues.
How does Facebook affect elections? According to a new study led by the University of California, San Diego, a single post on Election Day 2010, Nov. 2 of that year, drove some 340,000 users of the social network to their polling stations.
In Washington state, you can register to vote through Facebook. Now city leaders in Boston are considering allowing residents to do the same, via MyVote — an application built by Microsoft, with input from Facebook employees.
Not a fan of politically charged sponsored stories? You’re not alone. New statistics from the Annenberg School for Communications show that an overwhelming majority of people polled (85 percent) said they would feel “angry” if they found out that Facebook was targeting political ads at them, based on their profile information.
Facebook pages love polls. You can vote for which slugger will win the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, or say whether or not you expect to get lucky on Valentine’s Day. Could the day be far off when you can vote for a president through Facebook? Washington state may have taken the first step, as the government will soon allow Evergreen State residents to register to vote in this year’s election.
Msnbc.com teamed up with custom Facebook application developer ShortStack to refresh the cable news network’s website’s 10-year-old “The Week in Pictures” feature with social and interactive features.