Facebook launches News Feed petition feature to pressure corrupt politicians

Facebook launches News Feed petition feature to pressure corrupt politicians
Facebook is involved in all aspects of our lives, be it entertainment, politics, sports or anything that requires social interactions. Unfortunately, many are using the social platform for their own agendas, which, more often than not, don't respect Facebook's rules of engagement.

Now the company wants to give communities and interest groups a voice to request changes from their local and national elected official and government agencies. A new Community Actions feature will be rolled out to Facebook users starting tomorrow, TechCrunch reports.

Community Actions and will allow users to add a title, description, and image, as well as tag relevant government agencies and officials who'll be notified about the existence of a petition.

Apparently, the more people hit the “Support” button, the more likely is for a petition to become viral. Each Community Action will have its own discussion feed where those supporting it will be able to leave comments, create fundraisers, and organize Facebook Events or Call Your Rep campaigns.

Everyone will be able to see how many supporters are behind a Community Action, but the names won't be visible except those that you're friends with or that are Pages or public figures.


Apparently, the feature will be managed by a combination of user flagging, proactive algorithmic detection, and Facebook human moderators. Also, Facebook users will be able to share a Community Action to their own News Feed telling their followers that they approve or disapprove it. Moreover, it's possible to launch a counter-Community Action to protest against a certain petition.

After some weeks of texting, the new Community Actions feature will be available to Facebook users in the United States beginning tomorrow. For the time being, there's no info on whether or not Facebook will make it available in other countries.

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3 Comments

1. antroid

Posts: 387; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

They are trying very hard to change the general opinion about themselves, but in my mind they will remain corrupted no matter how hard they try to change it

2. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yeah, it looks like a PR move. They have a lot to fix themselves, what's this?

3. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Trying to divert attention ha Facebook?

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