Facebook will launch its latest feature to allow people to engage in politics and social justice: petitions.
The feature, which will be released Monday, is called Community Actions. It allow people to make petitions via their social media page, according to TechCrunch. Not every user will have access to Community Actions immediately.
People can use Community Actions to call for change by elected officials and government agencies. They can tag government officials or organizations and make their friends support their cause. Users will be able to initiate discussions about the topic.
This isn’t the first time Facebook has been used to help people organize for social change. The first Women’s March was largely organized through the platform. Also, many users use the platform to promote causes on websites like change.org and GoFundMe, so there’s definitely a need for some kind of platform such as this.
Facebook also has other features that promote people to get involved in their communities and issues that face the country as a whole. There’s the Town Hall feature that provides users access to local officials. There’s also a feature for candidates to allow them to create videos to voters.
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, Facebook also recently revealed they are working on a meme feed called LOL. It’s still in the beginning stages, but we really hope this idea comes to fruition because it sounds amazing.
Is a sequel to The Social Network in the works?
Aaron Sorkin recently revealed that there has been back and forth discussion in regards to a sequel to The Social Network. It’s been almost a decade that Sorkin and David Fincher released the Facebook-founding movie, and apparently the time has come for a another.
“I’ve gotten more than one email from him with an article attached saying, ‘Isn’t it time for a sequel?’” Sorkin says.
There have definitely been enough events surrounding Facebook over the last few years to create a sequel. From hacking scandals to the Cambridge Analytica issue, enough Sorkin admits there should be a Social Network 2.
The Social Network hit theaters back in 2010, grossing nearly $225 million globally. Not bad considering the film had a budget of $40 million. The film went on to earn eight Oscar nominations, winning thee of those nominations including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing.