Why should Election Day be exempt from Facebook shenanigans? Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported that a message with incorrect information about how to properly vote in voting booths went viral on the social network Tuesday.
Election Day 2012
Celebrities from Lady Gaga to Sarah Palin and Tyra Banks are taking to Facebook urging their fans to vote ahead of Election Day. That’s just some of the Facebook fodder political junkies can chew on before the first vote is cast Tuesday morning.
Unless you have your head in the sand, you know that Election Day is right around the corner — Nov. 6 to be exact. And as we close in on the end of what’s been dubbed the first social election, Facebook continues to prove that it’s more than just a place to tag friends in photos or share updates about family. The social network is a tool used in the presidential campaigns’ get out the vote efforts, known as GOTV to politicos.
Tuesday marks exactly four weeks until Election Day, and politics junkies on Facebook are taking to the social network to share and comment on the latest news and talk up Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
How does Facebook affect elections? According to a new study led by the University of California, San Diego, a single post on Election Day 2010, Nov. 2 of that year, drove some 340,000 users of the social network to their polling stations.