Facebook and Youtube join UK election debate

Political parties are now using social media tools to reach more people and in a more personal way.

Leaders of the three main political parties will be using Facebook and Youtube to respond to questions from the public in the first digital online debate before next month’s General Election.
Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg will provide video responses to questions posted by users of the two social networks sites ten days before the election. Five categories will be covered, the economy, health and education, foreign policy, law and order and miscellaneous.
It’s the first time in the UK that there’s an online debate. Facebook’s director of policy Richard Allan says that ‘the dawn of the digital election this year is a transformative moment for democracy in Britain’.
The political parties have became more familiar with social networks, with a number of MPs using accounts on Twitter and Facebook to engage with their constituents as well as filming messages to be broadcast on YouTube.

If politics now uses social media to get there message spread out, we can definitely say that we are in a digital era. If you like to ask your questions and join the Digital Debate, you can go on Facebook or even Youtube.

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