According to the BBC, around 75% of votes cast by Facebook users were in support of the companys new privacy and content-ownership terms, dubbed the "Facebook Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities". Although the company had initially said it would only count the vote as valid if more than 30% of their 200 million users voted, Facebooks legal chief Ted Ullyot reported that the new terms would be adopted even though voter turnout was only about 0.3% (about 600,000).
The vote came about as the result of much concern reported all over the Internet and reported here at Neowin over just who owned the content (text, images, and video) uploaded by users to the service.
The poor voter turnout this time around will also affect future votes on alterations to the terms that govern Facebooks relations with its users. Although one of the rights users now have is to vote on any future alterations to the terms and conditions (another concession on Facebooks part to the idea of "openness"), the turnout needed to effect changes will remain below the initially optimistic 30%.
One possibility for the relatively low voter turnout is that most users were not in fact as concerned with the issues that precipitated Facebooks change of policy as the relatively high level of outrage that swept through Internet news sites and blogs in February seemed to suggest.