Facebook Town Hall Tool Helps Users Contact Lawmakers

Desktop and mobile users in the U.S. can now use Facebook to more easily get in touch with local political officials.

Dubbed Town Hall, the nonpartisan tool can be used to discover one’s elected officials and how to contact them. The tool will remind users to vote in their local elections — be they at the county, municipal or state level — and inform them of how they can connect with campaigns.

Facebook Town HallThe Town Hall tab can be accessed via your settings on the Facebook app or at www.facebook.com/townhall. 

Once you enter your address, you’ll be able to see who your representatives are. From there you can choose to follow their Facebook pages which means their posts will surface on your Timeline. There is also a contact button that can be pressed to get in touch with the politician.
Once you click on a representative, you can choose to call, message or e-mail them. Messages are sent via  Facebook Messenger.
The Town Hall tool comes a month after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a lengthy manifesto about building a better world. Part of that better world will come from a more civically-minded and engaged society.

For society to become engaged, Zuck said two types of social infrastructure must be built: one that encourages engagement in existing political processes such as voting and another that puts in place a process for citizens worldwide to participate in collective decision-making.

This is what he had to say:

Beyond voting, the greatest opportunity is helping people stay engaged with the issues that matter to them every day, not just every few years at the ballot box. We can help establish direct dialogue and accountability between people and our elected leaders.

This creates an opportunity for us to connect with our representatives at all levels. In the last few months, we have already helped our community double the number of connections between people and our representatives by making it easier to connect with all our representatives in one click. When we connect, we can engage directly in comments and messages.

Giving people a voice is a principle our community has been committed to since we began. As we look ahead to building the social infrastructure for a global community, we will work on building new tools that encourage thoughtful civic engagement. Empowering us to use our voices will only become more important.

The Town Hall tool, which gives users the chance to hear directly from politicians, should also help to nullify fake news.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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