During a press conference at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg lifted the curtains on what he is referring to as “Our most ambitious attempt yet at connecting and changing the world.” The new “Political Activism Book” or “PAB” is a free service that will integrate with all existing Facebook accounts and divert politically charged articles to the new social network. “Once this change is implemented, Facebook will automatically detect if a user has a high share rate of opinionated or politically slanted articles, and transport those articles from Facebook to PAB. We are confident that this change will make lives easier for all of our users; aspiring political activists will have all of the same articles that support their view points in one area, and normal people will continue using Facebook as it was intended.”
Internet activists from around the globe are excited that this change is finally being made. According to the Internet Research Lab at UCLA, a feature like PAB has been the number one most requested addition to Facebook since its rise to popularity. Thousands of prominent activists have been clamoring for features similar to PAB for what seems like eons. Spokespersons for internet activism website cecilspride.wordpress Helena DeMartinez released this statement:
“This is a real game changer. With PAB, we’ll be able to spread our message much further than ever before. Instead of limiting ourselves to ordinary people who just want to check their friend’s statuses, we’ll be targeting the most active users on the internet who have a proven track record of enacting real, tangible change in the world.
Unfortunately, PAB will not be available to everyone, although there are a few different ways a user can become eligible. Facebook will determine that a user is an exceptional political activist by using an advanced algorithm which tracks the frequency of opinionated articles “shared” with all of their friends. Alternatively, regular Facebook users can recommend a user be upgraded to PAB by selecting the new inspirational thumbs up icon, which lets Facebook developers know that a user was inspiring. A few more months will be needed to roll out this long sought after update, but expect a smooth transition to PAB to arrive this holiday season.