Connect With Your Government Reps Using Facebook’s ‘Town Hall’ Feature

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Connect With Your Government Reps Using Facebook’s ‘Town Hall’ Feature
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Facebook has stayed ahead of other social media companies when it comes to adopting new technology, including virtual reality and live video. Now the tech giant is rolling out a new feature that will allow users to connect with their government representatives, according to TechCrunch.

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Use Facebook to connect with government reps

Facebook’s new feature dubbed Town Hall provides users an easy way to find their government representatives on a federal, state or local level and connect with them. The Town Hall name seems interesting. Usually, “town hall” refers to a building where town government works. So, by using such a name, the social network wants to be very clear on the purpose of the feature.

You can find the most recent addition on the “More” menu in Facebook’s mobile app. All you need to do is enter your address to use it. The address information will assist in populating the screen with a list of the user’s government representatives. Users can follow these representatives with just a press of a button. The social media giant has said that the address of the user is not shared or displayed.

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TechCrunch notes that the list of representatives will not just include those representing the user in the U.S. House and Senate, but also in the state legislature, their mayor, their local council members, and their governor as well. The list will include officials in federal positions as well, like President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

However, the number of representatives that the user sees will be subjective to those with a social media account who have entered their designation and verified their accounts.

You can contact them as well

Apart from following the Facebook Pages of your representatives, you can also contact them through the “Contact” button, which is next to their names. When you click it, you will find the options of “email” or “message.”

It is a little surprising that the social network did not add the office phone number of these representatives. Their phone numbers can easily be found on the government websites. Maybe the tech giant is still working on the feature, and we hope the final Town Hall feature will make it easy for users to get their voices heard.

This is not the first politics-related feature from Facebook. Previously, the company came up with a feature that prompted users to vote and also published a voter guide.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com
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  1. A site I like — http://www.issuevoter.org — sends me e-mail alerts on bills before Congress votes (on issues I’ve indicated I care about) and translates bills into layman’s terms. Plus, instead of getting bombarded with alerts to a mobile app, they tell me when bills I’d care about are scheduled for a vote. Best of all, I can see whether or not the bill passed and how my rep voted, so I have a way of knowing if s/he is representing my views all year-round.

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