There has been some backlash against Facebook’s recently unveiled Social Ads during the first three weeks of its run, but Facebook is pushing ahead with its own agenda. Today, they announced a partnership with ABC News to bring political coverage to Facebook. As Facebook’s first partnership with a news organization, the deal could change the way that Facebook users think about politics.
Now, just providing political news wouldn’t be enough to make an impact, so Facebook and ABC News will be jointly sponsoring Democratic and Republican debates in New Hampshire. The debates are scheduled for January 5, three days before the state’s primary.
The New York Times covers the deal, noting that ABC News reporters have already been using Facebook as a way to communicate with their readers: