A new strategy Democrats are trying before the 2022 midterm: Voters’ Facebook feeds feature factual, positive news articles about President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
why it matters: While the 2016 and 2020 elections – and this week’s congressional testimony – were all about Facebook and other social media being used for nefarious purposes, the deal seeks to exploit the social network for positive political gains. .
running news: House Majority Forward — a nonprofit aligned with Democratic Super PAC House Majority PACs — launched a $2.5 million campaign Thursday.
- It aims to combat misinformation and propaganda from fake news sites and local Republican groups in 30 House Democrats’ districts over the next year.
- The list of districts has not been finalized, the group said, as the redistribution stands to change the electoral map in the coming months.
- What is already certain is that the effort will target swing districts such as Illinois’ 14th (Rep. Lauren Underwood), Iowa’s 3rd (Rep. Cindy Xane) and New Jersey’s 3rd (Rep. Andy Kim).
What are they saying: “With so much misinformation and misinformation on social media, the best way to combat it is to make sure you space with real facts from credible news sources,” said Abby Curren Horrell, executive director of House Majority Forward.
- “Last Week has gone ahead and demonstrates its importance to a large audience, and the role that misinformation plays in every part of our lives – not just politics.”
- “The only consistent way to get it is to pay to get it in people’s feeds,” she said.
Both the Democratic Establishment and the Biden Administration Let’s say a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion proposal to expand the social safety net have massive public support.
- The bipartisan bill, which passed the Senate with Republican support, would receive the largest amount of road and bridge construction since the creation of the Interstate Highway System.
- The $3.5 trillion package, which Republicans say will require Democrats to go through an entirely partisan reconciliation process, will increase or build on federal funding for child care, free community college and climate change mitigation.
- The House delayed voting on the bipartisan bill last week after objections about the reconciliation bill’s price tag, and political leaders are now discussing the cost of that package at close to $2 trillion.