A while after President Barack Obama’s social media team announced its Facebook application, Republican challenger Mitt Romney came out with his own way of reaching out to those on the social network. But just like any other Facebook app, Romney’s and Obama’s open graph functions want your information. A study by Secure.me analyzed the Obama 2012 app and Romney’s Commit to Mitt app, finding out which side requests more Facebook data from its users.
As Election Day comes closer, you’re likely seeing political ads everywhere you turn — on front lawns, in newspapers, and on television. You’re likely also seeing them on Facebook, and not just for President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Two researchers studied the Facebook ads placed by a candidate running for a state legislature position, seeing if they helped his name recognition or likeability. Unfortunately, in this case, the Facebook ads barely moved the needle for the candidate.
As previously announced, Facebook and Spanish-language TV network Univision will present forums featuring President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The candidates will discuss issues facing America’s Hispanic population. The discussions — to be held Wednesday and Thursday — will be broadcast live on Univision and Univision’s Facebook page.
So you’re not running with Romney or beaming for Barack, and you’re a little sick of seeing all of the political posts on your Facebook news feed. There is a way to block them, without clicking on each one individually. Tech blog Lifehacker illustrates how to remove certain keywords (such as Romney, Obama, Democratic, Republican, etc.) from popping up in the news feed.
In an effort to reach out to U.S. Hispanic voters, Facebook recently announced a partnership with Univision to host forums featuring President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. These events will allow Obama and Romney to address issues facing America’s Hispanic community and will feature plenty of engagement via the social network.
Not a fan of politically charged sponsored stories? You’re not alone. New statistics from the Annenberg School for Communications show that an overwhelming majority of people polled (85 percent) said they would feel “angry” if they found out that Facebook was targeting political ads at them, based on their profile information.
Facebook pages love polls. You can vote for which slugger will win the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, or say whether or not you expect to get lucky on Valentine’s Day. Could the day be far off when you can vote for a president through Facebook? Washington state may have taken the first step, as the government will soon allow Evergreen State residents to register to vote in this year’s election.
Meet Votocracy and the man behind the app allowing anyone to run for president.
Meet Zac Moffatt, who took the reigns of Governor Mitt Romney’s digital media strategy last week, at the same time the candidate made his campaign for the White House official.
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