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Facebook: This Time it’s Political



Facebook is about to tighten their ties to Washington D.C. with the formation of a new political action committee.

Facebook sent out this quote by e-mail:

“FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”

Facebook has been strengthening their political position for awhile now, but they’re still far behind Google and Microsoft who have spent upwards of $3 million on lobbying to Facebook’s half million.

It’s an understandable move, especially since their re-design comes complete with a boatload of new privacy issues. They’re going to need some clout as lawmakers struggle to keep up with the changes in technology.

But for many, the concept of big corporations funding any political agenda is worrisome. One commenter at The Guardian even called it “sinister.” Others are concerned that Facebook already has too much power on the internet and that political pull will only make things worse.

I suppose there are people who will say that political contributions don’t always lead to return favors, so there’s nothing to worry about. I don’t know any of those people personally, but I imagine they’re out there.

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The most interesting comment I saw in my travels was a person who worried that in the next presidential election, people would vote for whichever candidate Facebook was backing, simply to be part of the in-crowd. My take on that, is if voters are that easily led, we’re a doomed nation anyway.

What do you think? Is there anything ominous or odious about Facebook starting a political action committee, or is this just what big companies have to do in order to survive?

  • http://www.frankthinking.com Frank Reed

    Well, Google is finding out just how much it has helped their cause by assisting in getting President Obama in office. It gets you a nice meeting on Capitol Hill with a Senate Antitrust hearing. Money well spent, huh?