Government to use facebook for public engagement on spending cuts

Despite some scepticism about the appropriateness of facebook as a dialogue channel (see previous posts) in some quarters…the government has announced a tie-up with the Facebook website as it seeks new ideas on spending cuts.

According to the BBC the social networking site says it has 23 million members in the UK and has agreed to ask them to submit and vote on ideas for where cuts can be made.

The Facebook “Spending Challenge Channel” is an expansion of the social networking website’s “Democracy UK” pages, set up during the run-up to the general election.  It will accompany an official website which is already online and it will allow the public to suggest, discuss and vote on ways to cut public spending

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