The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 11, 2012
 

Facebook vote ends experiment with democracy

 
 

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Facebook closed the polls Monday on letting democracy rule when it comes to policy changes.

A referendum to strip Facebook users of the power to endorse or reject policy changes through popular vote was opposed by a majority of voters, but not enough people cast ballots to make the results binding.

The referendum was opposed by 87 per cent of the 668, 125 members who cast ballots, according to a posting on the Facebook governance site.

But Facebook had indicated that if fewer than 30 per cent of Facebook's one billion users voted, the California-based firm would be free to go forward with a plan to eliminate the voting structure and integrate Instagram data for ad purposes.