Facebook Group Plays Role in PBS NewsHour’s Democratic Debate Coverage

PBS NewsHour hosted Thursday night’s debate between the Democratic presidential candidates in partnership with Facebook, and the social network’s groups feature played a prominent role.


PBS NewsHour hosted Thursday night’s debate between the Democratic presidential candidates in partnership with Facebook, and the social network’s groups feature played a prominent role.

The newscast and the social network created a closed Facebook group made up of undecided voters in states that are set to host primaries in the coming weeks, giving those voters a destination for open discussion and generating some questions for the candidates during the event.

Members of the PBS NewsHour political team also participated in the group, including political director Lisa Desjardins, online political editor Daniel Bush and correspondent and NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan, who spoke with SocialTimes about the group, which was made available for the public to follow along with five minutes prior to the start of the debate.

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