2017-03-30 11:10 Industry
Facebook’s "Town Hall" for the civic engagement
“Town Hall,” will allow the social network’s users easily locate, follow and contact local, state and federal government representatives. The company today confirmed the feature is available to all U.S. users on desktop and mobile. Facebook also announced it’s launching local election reminders for the first time, to encourage users to vote in state, county, and municipal elections.
It reminds about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto and one of it's purpose: using the network to increase civic engagement.
This manifesto and the "Town Hall" seems like reaction on accusation of Facebook in presidential elections result: Zuckerberg initially downplayed the concerns over the spread of “fake news” on Facebook by saying that the network was a technology platform, not a media company. He later changed his position on this, and the company has since begun rolling out a variety of fact-checking measures to combat fake news.
With the addition of “Town Hall,” Facebook took a step towards this manifesto's goal. The feature makes it simpler for users to know who represents them in government, and find a contact on their Facebook page.