Should we be able to vote on Facebook?

According to the social network site's policy director for UK and Ireland, Simon Milner, it's a possibility. "I don't see any reasons why not," he told a Policy Exchange panel at the Labour Party conference chaired by The Huffington Post UK.

"The platform is there," he said, adding that the hardest thing to do would be to change electoral law.

The argument for any change is that it would "re-engage" some voters with the political process. Recent research by the magazine Nature found that messages on Facebook showing friends who voted helped drive 600,000 people to the polls.

"In this experiment we were able to show that if you just looked at the users and whether or not the message directly affected them you'd be missing the whole story; for every user that changed their behaviour, there were four friends who changed their behaviour," Professor James Fowler, who led the research said in September. "The network quadrupled the effect of the 'get out the vote' message."

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At the moment the other way you can vote in this country is either in person, by post or using a proxy, a trusted person on your behalf.

"Electronic voting was tested in 2007 in a pilot in five local authorities in English local elections. We found that they were successful and they did allow for voting although there were some issues with the technology and people had to pre-register to cast their vote electronically, Electoral Commission spokesperson Karim Aziz told The Huffington Post UK.

"Parliament would have to approve any changes to the way we vote in this country."

A spokesperson from the Electoral Reform Society said: “Governments have a duty to make it as easy as possible for citizens to participate in the democratic process. But at the same time they have to minimise the scope for electoral fraud.

"A 'Facebook Election' would be potentially dangerous gimmick, where you could rig an election from the comfort of your smartphone.

"Recent reports have shown over 83 million accounts are fake. Voters need faith in the integrity of the electoral process, and until that's possible with online voting we will have to settle with paper and a pencil."

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband kisses his wife Justine Thornton after delivering his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference at Manchester Central on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine Thornton laugh in stage after he delivered his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is joined on stage by wife Justine Thornton as acknowledges the applause after his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is joined on stage by his wife Justine Thornton as acknowledges the applause after his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates at Manchester Central during the third day of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

  • Labour Annual Conference 2012

    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates at Manchester Central during the third day of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband acknowledges the applause as he delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Annual Conference 2012

    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates at Manchester Central during the third day of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband walks on stage to deliver his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband is expected to announce a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Annual Conference 2012

    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates at Manchester Central during the third day of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Annual Conference 2012

    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates at Manchester Central during the third day of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

  • Labour Annual Conference 2012

    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine arrive at Manchester Central ahead of his keynote speech to delegates during the third day of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

  • Labour Annual Conference 2012

    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine arrive at Manchester Central ahead of his keynote speech to delegates during the third day of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

  • Labour Annual Conference 2012

    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine arrive at Manchester Central ahead of his keynote speech to delegates during the third day of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

  • Labour Annual Conference 2012

    Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine arrive at Manchester Central ahead of his keynote speech to delegates during the third day of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband stands under back stage lighting during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. Mr Miliband is due to deliver his keynote speach to delegates this afternoon where he is expected to announce a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Leader Ed Miliband and wife Justine Thornton arrive at the conference centre on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. Mr Miliband is due to deliver his keynote speach to delegates this afternoon where he is expected to announce a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Leader Ed Miliband and wife Justine Thornton arrive at the conference centre on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. Mr Miliband is due to deliver his keynote speach to delegates this afternoon where he is expected to announce a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Opposition Labour party leader Ed Miliband (R) and his wife Justine arrive for the third day of the annual Labour Party Conference in Manchester, north-west England, on October 2, 2012. Miliband is expected to address the conference later Tuesday. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Britain's Opposition Labour party leader Ed Miliband (R) and his wife Justine arrive for the third day of the annual Labour Party Conference in Manchester, north-west England, on October 2, 2012. Miliband is expected to address the conference later Tuesday. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Leader Ed Miliband and wife Justine Thornton arrive at the conference centre on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. Mr Miliband is due to deliver his keynote speach to delegates this afternoon where he is expected to announce a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-POLITICS-LABOUR

    Britain's Opposition Labour party leader Ed Miliband (R) and his wife Justine arrive for the third day of the annual Labour Party Conference in Manchester, north-west England, on October 2, 2012. Miliband is expected to address the conference later Tuesday. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Labour Conference Focuses On Leader's Speech

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband acknowledges the applause as he delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the annual Labour Party Conference on October 02, 2012 in Manchester, England. During his speech Mr. Miliband announced a series of proposals for changes to the education system, unveiling plans for a new qualification in the form of a technical baccalaureate, and pledging to transform the lives of the 'forgotten' 50% of young people who do not go to university. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)