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Brown, Cameron and Clegg grilled in televised and digital debates
For the first time in British history, the leaders of the three main parties agreed to participate in pre-election televised debates, prompting Facebook and Youtube to join forces in organising an interactive digital political debate.
In the past, due to a lack of agreement between the main political parties, British voters have been denied the possibility of watching their leaders debate the main points of their election manifestos.
This year the British public will be able to watch the main candidates cross swords over the course of three live televised debates, which start on April 15 on ITV. In addition, viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions directly through a digital debate organised in partnership by social networking site Facebook and Google’s video sharing platform, YouTube.
Facebook and YouTube says they plan to democratise the political debate in the country by organising the country's first digital interactive debate.
The Facebook initiative in the UK builds on YouTube’s increasingly active role in political
discussions. The video-sharing site had already served as a link between voters and political candidates in countries such as Israel, New Zealand, Spain and the US.
Using Facebook’s existing network, the joint initiative aims to reach out to a wider population. Two days after the launch of the feature, users had already posted 1,183 questions, which received 49,337 votes.