The Social media giant, Facebook is about to launch a petitions creating tool. The social network will allow users to demand action from their elected officials to make Facebook a kind of platform for democratic exchange.
Online petitions have long been a working in a great way to build pressure. But many are reluctant to participate because they first have to register for one of the various platforms. This could disappear in the future, because Facebook now offers its users their own petitions.
The new feature, which is initially only available in the US, is called “Community Actions”, reports the websiteTechCrunch. Facebook users can post petitions directly to their news feed and link to affected authorities, people or organizations.
Users can use this to coordinate with members to request for elections, government agencies to make various adjustments. In contrast, it also has the advantage that Facebook users can participate in a petition with only one click and thus the potential range is very high.
Anyone who launches a petition can also add a title, description, and image, encouraging other users to click “Assist.” Certainly, these polls will also have their own discussion feed, in which each participant can leave comments.
In addition, the linked authorities may also contact the creators of the petition directly and comment on the news feed, if they so wish.
Community action reflects Facebook’s core challenges, also every tool the company designs for positive expressions and relationships can be demoralized into polarized tools and misinformation channels. The social media network can also face such kind of challenges as it has faced in the past from government officials.
The initiative will create a new form of discussion on Facebook, giving users the opportunity to propose solutions to their elected representatives. The platform seems to have provided this new funding mainly for political content.
After testing for for a while in several markets, community initiatives will begin in the US tomorrow.