Looking to become more politically active, but finding it difficult to hunt down your local officials' contact information online? A new Facebook feature is making it easier than ever to voice your views and affect political change. By learning how to use the Facebook "Town Hall" feature to call your representatives, the entire process of contacting your reps will boil down to just a few taps of the screen.
The new feature, which rolled out to U.S. users this week, appears to be part of a global plan that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out in a post published to the social networking site on Feb. 16. The Town Hall feature builds on Zuckerberg's goal of "developing the social infrastructure for community — for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all." Amidst the turmoil of the first months of the Trump presidency many users flocked to Facebook posting pleas to call elected officials, and now you'll be able to do just that, by connecting directly with your district's government representatives through the social site.
While this feature will undoubtedly help encourage civic engagement by making it easier for users to address issues directly, it does have its limits. As The Verge points out, the new feature only gives its users the contact information that the representatives have shared and updated with the social site. Those politicians not on Facebook may be left out of the lists altogether, so those politically motivated constituents will still have to do a little leg work to track everyone down. Luckily, all the contact info is available on the politicians' official sites. With Town Hall users will have the ability to connect with their reps' Facebook page, and call, email, or message them depending on the information available.
Check out this step-by-step guide to learn how to connect with your local, state, and federal reps on Facebook and start putting the pressure on them today.