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Obama Will Host Facebook Town Hall

President will take questions online April 20
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2011 4:50 PM CDT
President Obama Will Host Facebook Town Hall on April 20
File photo of a Facebook page.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – President Obama will host his first town hall as an official candidate for re-election—on Facebook. The president will go to company headquarters in Palo Alto on April 20 for the online forum, reports ABC. (Yes, Mark Zuckerberg will be there, too.) Participants can post questions for the president about the budget and the economy here, and Facebook will select questions during the event.

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It could foreshadow online strategy for the campaign, writes Sam Stein at the Huffington Post. He takes note of a recent Politico article making the case that social media platforms have largely replaced email and blogs as the way to reach out via the web. And Obama's "new media team clearly finds the Facebook forum a comfortable one to traverse," writes Stein. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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