by Brandy D. Anderson
Facebook is the most diverse social media platform. Where else can you can chat with friends, catch up on family photos, answer private messages, access breaking news, find a new recipe, share videos, all without leaving the confines of the website? This easy accessibility makes Facebook the perfect venue for political pages. I’ve found a great mix of four diverse pages, all revolving around politics, for you to check out:
About: “Every day the UN works to tackle global challenges and deliver results for those most in need. Giving life-saving support to populations hit by humanitarian crises, helping build and keep the peace in conflict-ridden areas, supporting governments and their citizens to advance development and fight poverty, and promoting human rights worldwide are the core pillars of the work of the United Nations and the mandates it receives from its Member States. The Charter of the United Nations is available in full at http://www.un.org/en/documents/charter/ ”
Since its inception in 1945, United Nations has been in the forefront of world politics. Their Facebook page is very active and gives you a nice glimpse into some of their principle causes. One of their most recent posts, which also currently acts as their cover photo, promotes equality for women: “While UN Peacekeeping has, for years, been advocating for the deployment of more women in peacekeeping operations, the responsibility for deployment of women in the police and military lies with UN Member States.”
The post goes on to say, ”Currently across the total number of military and police women deployed in UN peace operations is less than 4% and 10% respectively. Female peacekeepers act as role models in the local environment, inspiring women and girls in often male-dominated societies to push for their own rights and for participation in peace processes. We need more women in peacekeeping! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1hQ2bhi”. Another post encourages you to, “Learn why we need to keep on advocating and mobilizing support for Yemen in every way we can,” before it leads you to a link where you can read this article: “Q & A: Yemenis Face a ‘Struggle For Survival’: UNHCR’s country representative, Ayman Gharaibeh, warns war is tearing the fabric of Yemen apart and creating a humanitarian catastrophe”. This page also encourages user engagement, asking questions such as, “WHO reviews some of the major public health events of 2016. How has the year been for you & your health?”
About: “This page highlights the use of Facebook by politicians, governments, elected officials, and political campaigns around the world. Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. ”
This is an official page run by Facebook staffers. It works as an aggregate source which gathers news around the world made by official politicians and political agencies on Facebook. Many of the posts include videos, like this recent one posted by United Nations: “Let’s listen to the voices of young people! Artist and activist Forest Whitaker explains why the United Nations’ Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security is important.”
You can see a video where “Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent gives a mini tour of his new office in the United States Capitol.” Or you can watch “Washington Governor Jay Inslee declare his state a Hate Free Zone ”. In the video commentary, Inslee says, “Today I stood with leaders from across our state to declare Washington a Hate Free Zone, and all of us can stand strong against those emboldened to act out of hate, fear and division.” In a horribly sad video, “German Chancellor Angela Merkel lays flowers at the memorial for those who died during yesterday’s attack in Berlin.” They also share the occasional non-political post from government pages, like a video capture of gorgeous national park scenery: “Glacier National Park’s Ranger Tim shares the beautiful scenery from Lake McDonald in Montana.”
About: “’If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.’ – Mother Teresa. Facebook empowers nonprofits by enabling them to mobilize communities, organize events, increase fundraising, reduce costs with free online tools and raise awareness through viral networks. Nonprofits on Facebook Page is a resource for organizations, thought leaders and individuals interested in harnessing a more connected world for social good. It is a place to celebrate success stories and foster ideas to make the conversation around causes more robust and dynamic.”
This is another official Facebook page, one set up to “help nonprofits and NGOs find tips and resources for using Facebook to support their mission”. It’s also a good resource for folks who don’t run a nonprofit because it posts a lot of news and other political information. You’ll find a recent post “From the Malala Fund, a message of hope for girls and women around the world! #girlpower: What will you remember about 2016? Ask us and we’ll tell you: Girls around the world had one of their best years ever. Watch the top girl-powered moments of 2016!”
They share politically inspirational messages: “A kind and incredibly cute message from kindness.org: ‘Share this bouquet with someone close to your heart this holiday season. kindness.org is working with the Today Show to inspire 1 million acts of kindness in time for the holidays, so let’s all come together to make the world a little bit kinder.’ #ShareKindness”. Examples of news stories shared here include this post from The Syria Campaign: “A message from The White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group that is working on the ground in Syria. This is a message from Raed Saleh, head of the White Helmets, about the 100,000 civilians trapped in besieged eastern Aleppo which was published in the Guardian today. ” There really is a lot of diverse content here.
About: “Young Turk (n) – Young progressive or insurgent member of an institution, movement, or political party. http://www.youtube.com/theyoungturks. The Young Turks is the largest online news show in the world, covering politics, pop culture and lifestyle. The teleprompter-free show is one of the top 50 YouTube partners, with more than 100 million views a month and more than 2 billion total views on The Young Turks YouTube channel. The Young Turks received the 2013 People’s Voice Webby Award for best news and politics series, 2011 News/Politics Shorty Award, Best Political Podcast 2009 at the Podcast Awards and Best Political News Site 2009 at the Mashable Awards. The Young Turks is the flagship show of the TYT Network, which includes Pop Trigger, What the Flick?!, Think Tank, TYT Sports, TYT Interviews, as well as new shows and channels, including Nerd Alert and TYT Comedy. ”
The Young Turks (TYT) is one of the few news shows not ruled by sponsors or corporate money. Their main site is their YouTube page, but their Facebook page is constantly updated with their videos and stories as well. Their pinned video starts with Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders mentioning TYT before it moves to TYT co-founder Cenk Uygur talking about what differentiates their news show from others. From public interest politics to breaking news, The Young Turks post it all here.
One recent piece, snarkily titled “How to Trigger a War On Christmas”, discusses polls where respondents answer questions about whether or not they’re offended by the terms “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”, respondents are separated by political affiliations. Another video is called “Donald Trump Could Be Impeached on Day One”. Censorship is talked about in the piece called, “VICE is trying to fight against the dark side of comment sections. Will they succeed?” You can see video of Fox news anchor Bill O’Reilly where he “passionately defends the white establishment”. President Obama’s anti-drilling measures are discussed in “Obama Blocks Arctic and Atlantic Drilling. Will it Stick?” The posts here primarily contain embedded videos.