Facebook has, in its infinite wisdom, added the ability for you to endorse your favorite politicians. Which means you can now endorse one of the candidates running in the 2016 US presidential election. That is if you like annoying your friends.
Are you sick of the presidential election yet? I certainly am. Unfortunately, there’s still a few weeks left before the people decide who they want running the country for the next four years. Roll on November 8.
I’m not even American. And yet my Facebook feed is full of news and views, angry attacks and impassioned defences, and memes and soundbites about the current candidates. And it’s all about to get worse, thanks to Facebook. This is because you can now endorse the candidates gunning for the White House.
To do so, you simply visit their Facebook page, click the Endorsement tab, select Endorse, and then post your endorsement on the social network. You can add your own message, and/or also choose who you want to see the post. So only choose “Public” if you’re happy for the whole world to know your political views.
I'm seriously so sick of everyone's political views. Know mine? Exactly. Shhhhh.
— Laura (@BrownEyedNJGirl) October 9, 2016
Endorse Everybody, Because Why Not?!
Be warned that endorsing your choice for President is guaranteed to annoy your friends. That is unless everybody you know holds exactly the same political views as you do. Which is extremely unlikely unless you’ve chosen your friends along those lines.
By rolling out this feature it’s almost as though Facebook wants there to be a sudden spate of unfriendings in the run-up to the election. And if you make your post Public you also risk your political affiliation becoming known outside of the cosy confines of Facebook.
At this point in time it might be a good idea to just endorse all of the candidates running for President and keep your friends guessing. That way you can celebrate the result whether it’s Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, or Evan McMullin who ends up succeeding Barack Obama. Or, if you’re anything like me, celebrate that it’s all over for another four years.
Will you be endorsing your favorite presidential candidate? Are you sick of this election already? Do you actually care who wins at this point? Who do you think told Facebook this was a good idea? Please let us know in the comments below!
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