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Facebook launches Town Hall to make finding lawmakers easier

The new feature creates a list of local officials based on your location and provides fast access to following or contacting them.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the Town Hall feature with a post on his Facebook page.
Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

Facebook wants to help make it easier to keeping track of who helps shape the laws where you live.

Facebook on Monday launched a new Town Hall feature, which puts together a list of federal and state officials based on your location.

Each official can then either be followed for updates or contacted directly by listing their phone number, address or a link to message them on Facebook (presuming your politician is on Facebook).

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in his announcement of the Town Hall that civic-minded features like this are becoming a bigger focus at his company.

"The more you engage with the political process, the more you can ensure it reflects your values," Zuckerberg said.

Facebook previously rolled out a similar feature during the US presidential election last year, which was focused around helping people make a voting plan to use on Election Day. That feature presented candidates for a variety of offices in random order, and provided access to a variety of background information regarding each one.