What do “weve been” know about the influence of the voter button?
On the morning of 28 October last year, the working day of Iceland’s parliamentary elections, Heiddis Lilja Magnusdottir, a solicitor living in a small town in the north of the country, opened Facebook on her laptop. At the top of her newsfeed, where friends’ recent posts would usually appear, was a chest pointed out in light off-color. On the left end of the box was a button, similar in style to the familiar digit of the “like” button, but here it was a hand putting a vote in a slit.” Today is Election Day !” was the accompanying expletive, in English. And underneath:” Find out where to elect, and share that you voted .” Under that was smaller publication said today 61 parties had already elected. Heiddis took a screenshot and posted it on her own Facebook sketch feed, questioning:” I’m a little curious! Did everyone get this message in their newsfeed this morning ?”
In Reykjavik, 120 miles south, Elfa Yr Gylfadottir glanced at her telephone and learnt Heiddis’s post. Elfa is director of the Icelandic Media Commission, and Heiddis’s boss. The Media Commission regulates, for example, age ratings for movies and video games, and are members of Iceland’s Ministry of Education. Elfa wondered why she hadn’t received the same voting send. She requested her husband to check his feed, and there was the button. Elfa was feared. Why wasn’t it being proven to everyone? Might it have something to do with different useds’ political postures? Was everything right and proper with this election?
Iceland had just reached the end of its most arduous and grimy campaign season ever. For weeks, anonymous accountings had been spreading accusations on social media about nearly every political campaigner. The country had been spate with outlandish “expose” videos on Facebook and YouTube. Some had been considered billions of eras, even though Iceland have recently around 340,000 residents. And now this button. Was there a bond?
Elfa watched as more and more beings responded to Heiddis’s post. Some had discovered the button, others had not. Out and about on ballot epoch, Elfa queried everyone she met about it. It was clear that not everyone had received the sense. Of those that did, some got it later than others. Some had attended it while moving through their Facebook newsfeeds; for others it appeared at the top. Meanwhile, responses to Heiddis’s post appeared to show that users given the button alternative were no longer randomly selected either. Adolescents and non-citizens were not shown it: only those in the voting person. But then, as she was also discovering , not all of them. Was there certain kinds of pattern?
Immediately after national elections were over, the button faded. There was no ratify of it on Facebook’s company site Newsroom or on both governments places. Elfa rang a sidekick, Kristin Edwald, chair of the Icelandic Election Commission. Edwald was totally surprised; she had never heard about this button. Not even the special commission, given the job of is currently working on updated information to the election law, knew what Elfa was talking about.