Congress gathering debt-crisis feedback via Facebook
The hostage takers in the Tea party like this approach for the same reason Sarah does: because there are only Like and no Dislike buttons, and they can delete critical comments.
As members of Congress navigate the shifting political sands of the debt-ceiling crisis, many of them are turning to a digital platform more associated with sharing personal updates and funny videos about cats: Facebook.
In recent days, lawmakers have swarmed the popular social network to post videos outlining their positions, conduct opinion polls, reach new constituents and ask for feedback.
“Over the past week, our team has seen a marked increase in the number of members of Congress speaking directly to constituents through their official Facebook pages,” said Andrew Noyes, manager of public policy communications for Facebook.
The number of posts including video or radio snippets also has increased over the past week as lawmakers seek to engage their followers in new ways, Noyes added. As more members speak in front of C-SPAN’s cameras, he said, “we fully expect to see the pace of these postings pick up.”