Facebook’s Chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg is not running for U.S. presidency or so he has said repeatedly after many rumors and speculations whirled on the internet. For many days and months, a certain rumor circulated about Zuckerberg wanting to run for presidency and it got even more steam after the CEO revealed his 5,800-word manifesto.
How to use the Town Hall feature?
In the 5k+ word manifesto, the founder of Facebook promised to get people more involved with the government. The manifesto led many to believe that the CEO is planning to run for presidency but Zuckerberg threw water all those rumors by saying that he has no plans on becoming the next president. The CEO, it looks like, only wants more engagement between people and government officials and for doing that, he released a new feature this week. The feature, dubbed ‘Town Hall,’ assists users in connecting with their government representatives easily.
The users just have to open the Facebook mobile app on their smartphone and tap the menu icon in the lower right-hand corner to find the new feature. Next they have to scroll down the ‘explore’ column and click more. There, the users will see the “Town Hall” feature with a blue building icon. Now, they just have to provide their address to the social media giant and the new feature will pull up a list of their federal, state and local representatives.
The users have the option to follow or like the page of each representative listed in the feature. They are also given the option to contact the representative through the ‘contact’ option that uncovers several options as well, including send a message, send an email, and make a phone call action. For making a phone call, it is important that the representative has saved their phone number on their official page on the social media giant.
The ‘Town Hall’ feature is nothing extraordinary
The feature is nothing new though, as many of you must already know. We can easily contact any elected representative, no matter where we are, through email or phone number by going to their respective website and dialing the office number given or sending an email to their email address.
In a statement, the tech giant said, “Town Hall is part of our ongoing work to support civic engagement on Election Day and every day.” The social networking site further added, “It is a dedicated space for people who want to learn about and participate in the political process.”
Both mobile and desktop users can use this new ‘Town Hall’ feature.