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facebook inserts itself into politics with new tools that help elected officials reach constituents

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facebook inserts itself into politics with new tools that help elected officials reach constituents

facebook this year has launched a number of features that make it easier for people to reach their government representatives on its social network, including “town hall,” and related integrations with news feed, as well as ways to share reps’ contact info in your own posts. today, the company is expanding on these initiatives with those designed for elected officials themselves. the new tools will help officials connect with their constituents, as well as better understand which issues their constituents care about most.specifically, the social network is rolling out three new features: constituent badges, constituent insights, and district targeting.constituent badges are a new, opt-in feature that allow facebook users to identify themselves as a person living in the district the elected official represents. facebook determines whether or not someone is a constituent based on the address information provided either in town hall, or as part of the process used to turn on the badges.while anyone could enter a fake address and pretend to be a constituent, facebook has put controls in place to limit those bad actors. for starters, facebook users can only be a verified constituent based on one address at a time – and, if a person changes their address, their badge is removed from prior posts. facebook also limits the number of times an address can be changed, we understand.the idea with the badges is to make it easier for elected officials to determine which faceboo...