Newswire: Facebook introduces politics feature that’s actually useful

In an unsettling turn of events, Facebook may have done something right. As opposed to the company’s usual smooth-operator tactics when it comes to politics on the social media site—manually filtering what news appears based on partisanship, reinforcing bias by preventing you from seeing information that challenges your worldview, and so on—its latest innovation might actually help aid political communication, rather than simply feeding you questionable news about it.

On Monday, the site launched a new feature called “Town Hall,” dedicated to helping people connect with their local elected officials. After entering your address, Facebook then lets you see the representatives from your district, giving you the chance to follow their Facebook pages for updates. Better still, there’s also a “contact” button, which gives you the opportunity to call, message (via FB Messenger), or email your respective politicians. The various elected representatives of your state and …

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