2019 Lok Sabha Polls: Facebook Rolls Out Candidate Connect Feature
Social media major Facebook on Tuesday, 26 March, launched a feature 'Candidate Connect' that allows Lok Sabha candidates to record their poll promises in 20-second videos.
"We actually think the greatest contribution that we can make is to help everybody be more informed. Candidate Connect is essentially a visual guide for voters," Samidh Chakrabarti, Director - Product Management for Civic Integrity, Facebook, told PTI.
The company created 'Candidate Connect' based on research that it conducted in the country so that people can directly hear views of candidates in their constituencies, he said.
Facebook will pose a set of four questions to the candidates, who will be allowed to post 20-second videos in response to each query.
“Only videos by Lok Sabha candidates will be shown in Candidate Connect. Facebook is working with a third-party non-partisan organisation to receive candidate names. The organisation receives information such as candidate lists from the Election Commission.”Samidh Chakrabarti, Director - Product Management for Civic Integrity, Facebook
The videos of all contestants in a constituency will show up on the timeline of people in that area.
"People can access videos of candidates from other districts as well but it is actually intended to show up on the timeline of voters in a particular constituency," he said.
Facebook will also send out reminders to people on polling dates in their constituencies under 'Share You Voted' tag.
“On election day people can show that they voted and upload picture. We will aggregate those pictures, prepare a collage of friends and show it on the timeline of people connected to them in a video format. This will amplify voting spirit.”Samidh Chakrabarti, Director - Product Management for Civic Integrity, Facebook
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