Facebook forms political action committee, controversy.

Social media and politics just changed their relationship status to ‘It’s complicated.’

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg — via Wikimedia Commons.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg — via Wikimedia Commons.

Facebook has officially submitted the paperwork to start its own political action committee and has formally announced its intentions to financially back political candidates and parties.

“FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of

promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,” said an official spokesman to The Hill earlier today.

The announcement was triggered by reports of Facebook registering the domain names for FBpac.org and FBpac.us.  It’s not the first time an internet giant has formed a PAC.  Google did it in 2006 and continues to support a whole lot of Democrats to this day.

This isn’t Facebook’s first rodeo with politics either.  The company has already spent more than half a

million dollars on lobbying in Washington this year alone.  They’ve also bolstered their DC office with a wealth of political veterans quite recently, even some straight from the Obama administration.  It’s pretty clear that they’re trying to secure a strong position in our nation’s capital.

This all comes on the heels of last week’s layout change that still has users around the world utilizing the site’s convenient networking tools to angrily organize threats and boycotts against the company.  There was also that terrible hoaxthat claimed Facebook was going to start charging monthly membership fees if you don

’t copy and repost this status update by midnight tonight.

Facebook is unique among other major companies as their customers’ opinions are a heck of a lot more visible.  The site is practically built to facilitate an uprising.  How does that mix with corporate politics, exactly?  I’m not so sure.  I’ll guess we’ll see what kind of groups and chain statuses pop up when Facebook gives a hundred thousand bucks to a pro-life black woman who supports capital punishment.


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