Big tech companies, like Google, Twitter and Facebook, have been offering tips on how to cast a vote for the 2016 presidential election.
While perusing through Gmail, Google’s electronic communications platform, users are being reminded that “Today is Election Day,” and that Google can help people find their personal and official polling places.Google’s Nov. 8 homepage “Doodle” features a colorful graphic of animated letters doing everyday chores and then quickly remembering to go vote.
YouTube, and it’s parent company Google, are also offering coverage and analysis, Vice President of Engineering Shashi Thakur wrote in a blog post.
Facebook is also providing assistance for voting with a feature that formulates plans tailored to the state of the user.
“So far, more than 2 million people have registered to vote by going through Facebook, some for the first time, according to estimates based on available data,” Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, wrote on his own platform. “This makes it one of the largest voter registration programs in history.”
Twitter is employing similar initiatives by offering resources to find the proper polling places and ballot information.
— Twitter Government (@gov) November 7, 2016
Even Uber, the ride-hailing service, has been actively trying to register both drivers and riders through a joint campaign with Google.
“Regardless of party, we want to provide Uber riders and drivers with everything they need to know about registering to vote, and where to go on election day, right at their fingertips,” an official post reads.
The majority of Silicon Valley, the colloquial term for the region and people within the tech hub in the San Francisco area, vote Democrat. The larger tech industry has been accused of burying conservative news in favor of topics supportive of Democrats and the party’s ideals.
Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and board member at Facebook, said in October that he would donate $1.25 million to Trump and then doubled-down on the endorsement only a couple weeks later in a press conference.
While Zuckerberg is a likely supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, he defended Thiel and said he would not remove him from the social media company’s board of directors.
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