CNN and Facebook are gearing up for the 2012 presidential election Nov. 6 with the upcoming launch of Facebook application I’m Voting, as well as combining efforts to measure metrics about the presidential and vice presidential candidates, and conducting surveys.
Facebook already provides suicide-prevention services, but the social network announced a special initiative targeting the U.S. military and its families, teaming up with Blue Star Families and the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer customized services to veterans, active-duty military-service members, and their families.
The filing of updated paperwork with the Federal Election Commission revealed some interesting details into how Facebook plans to wield its influence in Washington, D.C., specifically regarding the company’s plans to run its political action committee.
Facebook is supplementing its strong internal staff of lobbyists with three outside lobbying firms that rarely use social media sites.
Facebook has hired a former assistant to President Barack Obama, Sarah Feinberg.
In the first quarter of the year, Facebook spent $230,000 lobbying the federal government on issues core to the platform’s business, such as online privacy and equal access to the Internet.