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Prevent Fraudulent Voting With Facebook Profiles

We recently added a feature to help fight fraudulent voting for popular polls. You can now require participants to authorize the app before they submit the poll form. The app will store participants Facebook profile IDs and validate that each ID is unique. This effectively means that any given Facebook user will only be able to vote once.

Changes To The Poll App

Following the Facebook privacy stories of last week and the European Union GDPR regulation coming into force next month, we made a few changes to the Polls for Pages app to give participants more explicit control on the information they share with poll creators. Here are the changes you will notice starting this week when creating a poll:

How We Handle Your Facebook Profile Information

Considering the current stories coming to light involving the use of personal information on Facebook by a third party, we received a lot of emails asking how we deal with the Facebook data we collect. In this blog post, we want to clarify how our applications ensure your private information is protected.

First of all, we operate on a subscription-based business model. In plain english, this means that we profit from users paying a subscription for our services. We do not display ads and we do not sell any of the data collected through our apps. This is not how we operate our business, as this has always been clearly stated in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

How To Deal With Vote Fraud

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If you run a popular voting contest where the stakes are high, chances are some people might try to cheat to increase their odds of winning. At its core, the internet is an anonymous protocol so there's no easy way to verify voters identity.

How to Publish a Poll on your Facebook Page

One of the most frequent questions we're asked is how a poll can be published on a Facebook Page. A Page is not the same as a personal profile. A Facebook Page represents a business or public figure and has followers instead of friends.

A Page or Business Manager account cannot be used to access Facebook apps. You have to create the poll using your personal Facebook profile. Once you get to the Publish section (see image below), click the Add to Facebook Page button to publish the poll on your Facebook Page.

Introducing IP-Based Location

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You might have noticed that a new location field was added to the participants page and in the Excel export. This data indicates participants current country, state and city. We use a database to match participants IP addresses with their actual...