‘The Washington Post’ Cranks Up Facebook-Connected Political News App The Issue Engine

By David Cohen 

The Washington Post enhanced its coverage of the 2012 presidential election with its release of news application The Issue Engine, which allows users who are logged into Facebook to share how and why they endorsed candidates on specific issues with their friends.

The app collects the candidates’ views on specific issues by compiling their official campaign statements, speeches, and social media data, allowing users to view both candidates’ positions side-by-side, and to request fact checks via the newspaper’s Fact Checker.

Readers can endorse the positions of President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and then explain why in the comments and share their views.

Topics currently covered by The Issue Engine include:

  • Abortion
  • Afghanistan
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Foreign Policy
  • Government Spending
  • Gun Control
  • Health Care
  • Immigration
  • Iran
  • Jobs
  • Medicare
  • Military Spending
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Social Security
  • Taxes

The Washington Post Executive Producer Cory Haik said:

The Issue Engine is part of a group of tools The Washington Post is creating to help users make sense of the election and have a conversation around it. We’re excited to create something that allows people to share their voice on the issues that matter most.

Readers: Are you comfortable sharing your political views on Facebook?