Facebook’s (new) Privacy Settings – Helping Stalkers since 2004
What do Facebook and the German election system have in common since this Friday?
They both have a depressingly low voter turnout.
Why now, you might ask?
How did the voting end?
About a week ago our fellow blogger stefochka has written a post about the privacy voting with the intention to invoke the people to participate. She and other bloggers gave many great reasons to do so however it seems like the majority of Facebook users was too lazy or indifferent to vote. This is a general problem of society because democracy is only valid if people take advantage of it!
Still, I do have to admit that the social network didn’t make it easy for the consumers to vote. First of all at least thirty percent of the almost 1 billion users have to participate, other wise the vote will be considered “advisory”. 30 percent doesn’t sound like that much but please don’t faint when I tell you the final number of voters after the deadline, Friday 6 pm:
Less than 0,5 percent.
That’s right folks not even one tiny percent of the users cared enough to voice their opinion. However out of the 0,5 percent more than 80 percent were against the new privacy settings. If enough people would have voted, the private information collected by Zuckerberg & Co. would be a lot more private now.
Why didn’t more people vote?
For once a lot of people criticized that the voting was just staged and that the documents about the new settings were incomplete. Right from the beginning Facebook intended to enforce the new policy. More than 10,000 critical comments on said policy were left with no reply. In addition the social network did too little to even promote the voting. If it weren’t for blogs or online press only the 2,2 million users who subscribed to the FB-Governance site would have known about it. Max Schrems, speaker of europe-v-facebook.org, said in the statement:
Facebook is again fooling its users: First they give you that whole speech about user participation, and then they hide the polling station, just to be sure. It seems their motto is that democracy is only allowed if the results are right. Zuckerberg seems to have taken democracy lessons in China.