The Democracy Is Over

Facebook, the largest virtual nation in the world, used to give its ‘citizens’ voting rights.  However, it’s possible that most of the nation wasn’t aware of this fact since only 0.038% of the population voted in the last poll on possible changes to Facebook’s privacy policy.  Facebook users may not have voted for a couple of reasons. Perhaps they didn’t see the link to vote on the left side tool bar next to their news feeds. Or maybe they thought that both options seemed too similar to choose between.


In the future Facebook will let users comment on proposed changes instead of voting.

“We found that the voting mechanism, which is triggered by a specific number of comments, actually resulted in a system that incentivized the quantity of comments over their quality,” corporate VP Elliot Schrage wrote in a statement.  “Therefore, we’re proposing to end the voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement.”