Facebook is reportedly launching a News Feed petition feature.
Under the guise of “Community Actions,” the social network aims to unite users in requesting changes at the local and national levels.
Rolling out today in the US, the function allows users to add a title, description, and image to their plea, as well as tag government officials and agencies, who will be notified of the page and subsequent activity.
Interested followers can support the cause, have heated discussions, create fundraisers, and organize Facebook Events or Call Your Rep campaigns, according to TechCrunch, which got a sneak peek at the new attraction.
“Building informed and civically engaged communities is at the core of Facebook’s mission,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Every day, people come together on Facebook to advocate for causes they care about, including by contacting their elected officials, launching a fundraiser, or starting a group.
“Through these and other tools, we have seen people marshal support for and get results on issues that matter to them,” the statement continued. “Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions.”
It’s also, as TechCrunch reporter Josh Constine pointed out, a platform from which folks can pressure politicians and bureaucrats “with their fringe agendas.”
“The question is whether Facebook puts in the forethought and aftercare to safeguard its new tools with proper policy and moderation,” Constine wrote. “Otherwise, each new feature is another liability.”
Community Actions will not immediately replace Change.org petitions. One-click support, however, could help entice more signers and attract more interest.
Initiatives have already begun garnering support across the country: Nonprofit Colorado Rising requests a moratorium on all new drilling in the state; St. Augustine residents want to build a performing arts center in the Florida town; and a Philadelphia neighborhood association requests the city boost pedestrian safety near the library.
Community Actions is the latest in a growing suite of civic-minded Facebook features like the politically powered Town Hall and Candidate Info, disaster-based Community Help, and local news digest Today In.
Facebook did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.
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