If you aren’t shy about expressing your political views on Facebook, then you’re going to like the following new feature. Facebook has decided to allow their users to publicly endorse any politicians they want on the social network.
Public endorsements on Facebook from everyday people won’t help a candidate very much. Nonetheless, it’s a great way to show your support and allow your Facebook friends see what your political views are. The new Facebook feature represents a way for the company to capitalize on the highly mediatized and divisive presidential election, besides trying to get people to engage in discussions regarding their political views and the candidates they support.
The focus of the new feature which allows users to publicly endorse politicians are of course the two main presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. If you want to publicly endorse any of these two candidates, or even both if you want to confuse your friends as they are not apparently mutually exclusive, then according to Facebook’s Help Center, you need to follow the next steps:
- Go to the Facebook page of the candidate you want to endorse.
- Click the Endorsements tab on the respective page.
- Click the Endorse button on the right side of the window.
- Select the audience you want to see the endorsement.
- Click Post.
It’s important to remember that if you choose your endorsement to be public, the candidate can choose to feature your endorsement on their page. This means that every Facebook user can see your endorsement. You can also choose to display the endorsement to friends or even just in a private post.
Despite Hillary and Trump getting all the attention in this period, Facebook allows users to publicly endorse anyone who was a politician page type. So if you dislike both options for president but still want to be politically active on Facebook beyond commenting, then feel free to endorse your favorite politician.
Another new useful feature is the new Issues tab added on each candidate’s Facebook page. When the tab is selected, a list of subject will appear. You can select any topic that interests you after which various quotes and videos regarding each issue will be displayed. The feature is especially useful for people who aren’t acquainted with each candidate’s position and prospective policies.
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