Facebook protests affecting government policy

In his daily Internet Law Newsnewsletter today, Michael Geistreports:

The Ontariogovernment has withdrawn a plan to restrict drivers aged 16 to 19 after150,000 people joined anonline protest and members of the legislature were inundated withcomplaints. Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said the 150,000 peoplewho had joined a Facebook protest against the teen driving restrictionsclearly had an impact on the government’s thinking. [TorontoStar]

I can’t help thinking that at least some of the perceived legitimacy ofFacebook and social networking to governments is derived from the Obamacampaign’s successful continued use of the technologies.

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