The importance of social media sites on the current presidential race is about to increase.
The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced that Facebook will be a source for providing data to the moderators of the upcoming debates.
This data will contain information on people’s thoughts about the election as well as the candidates. This information will be used in establishing questions to be asked by the moderators of the second debate, to be held Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis.
“For the town hall debate, Facebook will be working with the moderators to help source questions for the candidates,” the commission stated.
The commission also confirmed Facebook would serve as the “exclusive social media sponsor for the first and third presidential debates, [and] will be on site at the debate host universities. Members of the media, students, and the campus community will be using Facebook Live to broadcast and show what is happening at the debate site.”
This announcement likely will not be well received by Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Facebook has a history of favoring liberalism over conservatism.
In fact, Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook, recently announced he would be donating $20 million to liberal groups in an effort to defeat Trump.
Other sites to take part in the debates are Google, Snapchat and YouTube.
The practice of utilizing social and digital media sites in presidential debates began in 2007, when CNN took questions from citizens via YouTube.
The process of integrating social media data into the debate has been an issue for several months.
At one point the commission stated half of the debate questions “will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources.”
Although questions from the public can be asked on Facebook, there is no guarantee they will be used in the debate.
Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, stated, “The moderators of the debate, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, will be under no obligation to use them.”
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