Should I cancel my account in protest?

While I'm all for free campaign speech, I don't know what to make of this news development.

Facebook and the White House jointly announced Tuesday that Obama will visit the Palo Alto headquarters of the social network on April 20, where the president will hold a special "Facebook town hall" event that will stream live over Facebook and the White House website, starting at 1:45 p.m. Zuckerberg and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will moderate and sit onstage with the president, in front of an audience of about 1,000 Facebook employees, small-business leaders and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

While the president is expected to take some questions from the audience, the majority will be selected from questions people post for Obama on Facebook or the White House website over the next two weeks.

Political insiders said the Bay Area offers the dual political advantage of being a fertile fundraising area for Democrats as well as allowing politicians to associate themselves with the world-changing technology of Silicon Valley.

So, is Obama using Facebook as a tool, or is Facebook to be part of the Obama reelection campaign?

Whose free speech is it?


posted by Eric on 04.06.11 at 01:00 PM


That's exactly what I was thinking as I read this report. I notice there was no disclaimer from Facebook indicating that they would make their site available to all presidential candidates. Unfortunately, Facebook is impenetrable, how do you even ask the question, Am I reinforcing Obama's campaign by supporting Facebook? I will wait for an answer from Facebook, but I think if they cared they would have clarified their relationship with Obama as they made this announcement.

Damian   ·  April 6, 2011 2:52 PM

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