Getting straight talk from politicians has never been easy, but this chat bot might be the closest thing voters can get to a real answer to their questions ahead of the 2016 election
With an abundance of advertising, campaigns and media disinformation, people are trying to influence your vote from every direction. Sometimes it’s hard to get past all the chaos to see who actually stands for what.
We’ve seen almost a billion dollars pumped into presidential campaigns and ads this year, but are they really succeeding in buying your vote?
Recent studies show people are more likely to be put off politics all together by political campaigns and advertising rather than persuaded, especially those campaign-related posts on social media sites like Facebook. A survey by Rantic showed that 94 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of Democrats have never changed their view on an issue because of a Facebook post. If anything, the endless stream of political facts, statistics and rants on social media is pushing people away from the debates that matter.
A rise in apps such as Social Fixer, Noppl, and Unpolitic.me, which lets Facebook users unsee political content that their friends posts, reflects the growing desire to shut off from the current political drama and possibly from politics in general.
Instead of encouraging disassociation with politics, chat bot app FutureStates wants to help voters navigate the 2016 US election, without all the media mayhem. Users can get direct information about the policies of each of the four primary presidential candidates: Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump.
It’s pretty straightforward, just pick one and start chatting to them either on Whatsapp, Telegram of Facebook Messenger. Ask direct questions and get direct answers. Be it political or personal, you can clear up any queries you had and maybe learn something new while doing so.
Each voter-driven conversation is fueled by transcripts from speeches, interviews and debates. Here are some snippets of chats with the future leaders.
The company’s biggest goal is for voters to gain new insights about candidates that they wouldn’t have picked up from billion dollar advertising campaigns. Although the information from the chat bot won’t be totally unbiased, it’s a step in the right direction to rid ourselves of the fakery of US politics.
The great thing about FutureStates is that you can stay engaged in the presidential race, without losing all faith in humanity in the process.