French newspaper reports have suggested that Facebook has been ‘helping‘ President Nicolas Sarkozy to prepare his online re-election campaign.
Weekly newspapers ‘L’Express’ and ‘Le Canard Enchainé‘ said Facebook France had assisted Sarkozy’s campaign staff in developing a
new page on the social networking site , making use of the the ‘Timeline’ feature to show large numbers of pictures and reams of information about the president’s career and highlights.
The weeklies’ reports allege Facebook could be expecting “political favours” in return. They also claim top Facebook France executives, such as the head of sponsorship and public relations, are close to Sarkozy’s UMP party.
The Élysée Palace has denied the claims and said Sarkozy’s campaign team was quick to understand Facebook’s new features and produce an effective page.
The opposition Socialist Party declared “Facebook’s involvement in the French presidential campaign” was “unacceptable”.
Facebook denied that the company had any political preference in the campaign and said it has frequently given impartial advice to many politicians on how to efficiently set up their Facebook accounts.
Sarkozy’s campaign team also opened a
new Twitter account on the same day the president confirmed he would run for re-election.
Facebook denies Sarkozy support