Facebook has launched a new feature that will help people vote in the presidential election 2016. The website's "Vote Planner" tool will provide pieces of information and let you browse the issues and races from your specific ballot, then share with friends who and what you're voting for.
"The problem with News Feed is that there's often a lot of controversial or vitriolic discussion around politics. People in the comments may be less than polite," says Jeremy Galen, a product marketing manager at Facebook.
"We are encouraging civic engagement because we want to make it easier for people to participate and have a voice in the political process," said Jeremy Galen, a Facebook product marketing manager, according to USA Today.
The hope is that this new election page will provide an alternative to your News Feed as a place to learn about the issues or if you are undecided, you can ask your friends for advice on Messenger. This enables the social media giant to track and record users' perspectives and stances on the ongoing presidential elections.
Perhaps more interesting -- for those who'd like to inspire a political tug-of-war in their social-media feeds -- Facebook also includes an "Ask for Advice" button that opens up a window for posting to the News Feed. Facebook says you can also ask for advice privately through its Messenger feature, stated from CNET.
Facebook will show information including presidential candidates, as well as candidates for statewide races to users who will provide their local address for accessing the information. With this, the social media giant would be able to provide its users with a clear overview of what could arguably be one of the most important presidential elections in recent history.
This new feature onFacebook is live starting Friday. Stay tuned for more updates.