Facebook intends to "slip posts" from local politicians, regardless of party, into our News Feed

Amid allegations of fake news on Facebook affecting election results, social networking giant Facebook is testing a feature that slips "top posts" from local politicians into your News Feed.

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The feature will appear not more than once per week, and only for users who follow at least one local, state or federal representative from their area, Recode reported on Friday. "We are testing a new civic engagement feature that shows people on Facebook the top posts from their elected officials," a Facebook spokesperson said.

"Our goal is to give people a simple way to learn about what's happening at all levels of their government," the spokesperson added. But what you see would not be based on political affiliation.

The social networking site will only slip posts with highest engagement regardless of political party, according to the spokesperson. Facebook has been trying to get its user base involved in politics for some time now. This new feature is expected to encourage more politicians to be social media savvy.

The Election Commission will launch a special drive to enrol new electors, and has collaborated with Facebook to launch a 'voter registration reminder' on 1 July. According to an official release, a notification of the 'voter registration reminder' will be sent on 1 July to people who are eligible to vote on Facebook.


Published Date: Aug 05, 2017 12:48 pm | Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 12:48 pm