The bot asks for your message, gives you an option to proofread it before sending, and finally asks for your mailing address and phone number.
After your information have been confirmed, the bot sends you a reply with a clip from a 2009 video of Obama speaking about letters from the public. It must be remembered that the bot will not respond if you try to type an answer to its yes-or-no questions instead of clicking the buttons.
Previously, citizens could leave a message for the president by phone, email or letter. Now the White House offers the newest, most tech-savvy way to do it. Facebook confirms that using Messenger bots is a new and popular way for organizations to tell users about news, weather and other topics. In July, there were more than 11,000 chatbots in Messenger, and Facebook offers a guide to help make your own. Facebook’s bots are quite appealing because they allow brands and pages interact with users from inside the chat environment many people are already addicted to.
The company unveiled bots in Messenger only in 2016, but the idea has been developing for a while – if you used AOL Instant Messenger in early 2000s, you probably remember the SmarterChild bot which answered questions in a conversational tone and was widely used to respond to teens testing out cursing. Today, many services offer such bots, including customer service bots and Twitter bots. In addition, a recent program, called “the world’s first robot lawyer”, made an attempt to take on legal issues like parking tickets or homelessness in a chat-like interface.
The technical experts warm that the White House bot can have some of the same problems as other bots on the Messenger platform – including spammy messages or an inability to unsubscribe. In the meantime, Obama has been active on many modes of social media aside from Facebook and Messenger – he recently dropped his summer 2016 playlist under the Twitter handle POTUS. The White House also has its own Snapchat account, where it published a message giving instructions on how to message the president on Facebook.
The news of the White House chatbot was also posted on Facebook. Despite the private messaging feature, over 1,000 people have already left public comments on the post, addressing Obama.
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