- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Whether you’re seething about President Obama’s $400 million cash payment to Iran or just want to wish him a belated happy birthday, now you can send him a message directly on Facebook.

The White House announced Wednesday that Facebook users now can contact Mr. Obama directly through the messenger function on the White House’s Facebook page.

Our goal is to meet people where they are,” said White House Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman. “It’s why the president launched his own Twitter account and the first lady is on Snapchat. It’s about creating opportunities for people to engage with their government in new and accessible ways, using the same technologies we already rely on in our daily lives.”

Mr. Goldman said writing a note to Mr. Obama “will be as easy as messaging your closest friends,” although a response from the president himself is likely to be rare. Mr. Obama does occasionally post comments on Twitter that are followed by a “bo” to signify that he wrote the note himself.

More than 7 million Facebook users have “liked” the White House’s Facebook page.

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