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Facebook Enters the Advocacy Game – Launches “Town Hall”

Mark Zuckerberg - CEO of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook

On Monday, Facebook launched a new feature called “Town Hall” that makes it easier for you to contact your congressional leaders to discuss issues that are important to you.

Facebook’s Town Hall feature was launched in an effort to increase civic engagement and to provide users with more opportunities to actively participate in the political process.

Through Town Hall, you can identify, follow, and contact your state and federal legislators based on location. The feature is available on all desktop and mobile devices. Facebook will even begin to send you reminders about upcoming local elections.

If you like or comment on a legislative official’s post, you will be prompted with a message to call, message or email your representative. After completing the action, you will be asked to share your action on your page to encourage your friends and followers to participate. Currently, Facebook does not display all of the contact information from all elected officials, but it wishes to complete that process in due time.

What does this mean for you?

You can now more easily:

  1. Identify and follow your congressional leaders on Facebook
  2. Engage with your Congressional leaders on their Facebook posts
  3. Contact them on important local and national wildlife refuge issues

How do you get started?

  1. Find the “Town Hall” tab in your Setting pages on the Facebook app or go to facebook.com/townhall
  2. Enter your address to see which representatives are in your district.
  3. You can choose to follow your representative’s Facebook Pages to see updates in your News Feed. You can also press contact.
  4. Facebook lets you call, message, email and go to the Facebook Page of each representative listed. Messages are sent through Facebook Messenger.

Facebook’s Town Hall is an innovate approach to increase civic engagement by activating its community. We applaud Facebook’s forward thinking strategies to empower individuals across the globe.

Click here to sign up for the Refuge Association’s Action Alerts to stay up to date on important wildlife conservation issues and to urge your lawmakers to support the Refuge System.

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