Facebook on Monday announced that it had closed the polls as planned on a user vote of its new "governing documents," the terms of service that spell out what user data Facebook has access to, and what it can do with it. As Facebook wrote in an update on its Site Governance Page on Monday:
"The Facebook Site Governance vote is now closed. Thank you for your participation. We will be announcing the results and the next steps regarding the governance process shortly, so check back soon."
Facebook launched the vote on December 3 and gave users a week to decide whether they wanted to keep the old terms of service or have all users shift to Facebook's proposed new terms, which allow companies and individuals to use Facebook Pages for their own commercial purposes (sales and advertising), and give Facebook the explicit power to combine user data across Facebook and its newly-acquired app Instagram, presumably allowing for more targeted advertisements on both social networks.
But Facebook notified users through its Site Governance Blog that the vote would only be "binding" if over 30 percent of all of Facebook's over 1.01 billion registered users participated, or some 303 million users. Facebook hasn't published the final results, but it looks as though far less than that participated, just some 668,872, or less than according to the preliminary results, visible here.