Obama and Zuckerberg to answer questions from Facebook users

According to InsideFacebook, the United States President, Barack Obama, and founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, will be answering questions from Facebook users as part of a Facebook Live Townhall event which will be hosted at the social networking companies headquarters in Palo Alto. From today users are allowed to post questions about the economic status on the event wall, then watch a live stream of the event on April 20 at 1:45pm PST.

Last year, George W Bush spoke at the event, although Obama will be the first acting president to attend. The event has been set up by the White House, which has created a link on their page for users to submit the questions and send a "Join President Obama for a Facebook Townhall" link to a friend.

The president is no stranger to high profile technology people, during a presidential visit to Silicon Valley in February he met with Zuckerberg and Apple's Steve Jobs to discuss how make more jobs available by investing in the technology sector. This helped to secure the founding of a new venture between the White House and other industries called "Startup America".

According to the New York Times, Facebook has been working on building a stronger working relationship with the United States Government and said the "company understood the importance of having a Washington presence, mainly so it could explain its social networking service and its many features and privacy policies to lawmakers and regulators."

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14 Comments

Kyle said,
Wow...doesn't Obama have anything better to do?

Of course. He has to offer his commentary on the next sports game and appear on The View... I simply must know what he thinks of Snookie this season...

Blasius said,

Heaven forbid Obama address citizens asking questions...

He's just going to answer the questions he wants to answer and give canned responses for everything else. So I wouldn't characterize it in such an ennobled way; its just a PR event for him.

brianshapiro said,

He's just going to answer the questions he wants to answer and give canned responses for everything else. So I wouldn't characterize it in such an ennobled way; its just a PR event for him.


Whilst this is probably true, it's still better than ignorantly ignoring today's means of communication.
And communication back and forth between politicians and citizens is something to support and encourage, no matter how successful it might be.

If you stop talking and listening, you (seem to) stop caring.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Whilst this is probably true, it's still better than ignorantly ignoring today's means of communication.
And communication back and forth between politicians and citizens is something to support and encourage, no matter how successful it might be.

If you stop talking and listening, you (seem to) stop caring.

GS:mac


Let's see him face to face like Chris Christie does with everyone at his town meeting. That would be real "change"...

Unix2 said,
Obama is also an Apple lover. I will not be surprise if Apple and Obama do business together.


Everytime someone purchase an Apple product they automatically vote for Obama on the next election.

Unix2 said,
Obama is also an Apple lover. I will not be surprise if Apple and Obama do business together.

Not sure if he would be a good spokesman:
"With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation" - Obama, May 9, 2010

I always wanted to ask USA President a question, how exciting!!!

...not

Questions will be picked and filtered, uncomfortable will be ignored and straightforward answers will be avoided.

PotatoBlaster said,
I always wanted to ask USA President a question, how exciting!!!

...not

Questions will be picked and filtered, uncomfortable will be ignored and straightforward answers will be avoided.

that seems to be the standard political BS regardless of which side your on

which basically makes those types of things damn near pointless... they just go threw the motions and move on.

Phantom Phreak said,
Why is this happening when most Americans will be at work? I can't attend because I don't work with a computer!

Screw that, why is this happening when we font even have a budget?

trying to gain some votes, obama?. Again?. Remember your assertions about torrents?. Because I do and then you denied.
Both, obama-ma, and zuckerberg should find a job.

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