Tsai finishes US tour with talks at Facebook, Stanford
On the last day of presidential hopeful and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen’s ( ) U.S. tour, Tsai and her delegation visited Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley, San Francisco on June 8, commencing talks on election campaign management on the popular social media platform.
In an interview after the meeting with Facebook executives, Tsai shared her thoughts about Facebook, saying it is not only quite useful for political parties lacking a strong resource backup, but that its corporate culture is well worth studying.
The social media platform is also perfect for encouraging Taiwan’s blossoming democracy, as the DPP can share information directly on Facebook.
Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of communications and public policy, led the Facebook executives’ presentation with Tsai, discussing methods of maximizing Facebook’s usage in political campaigns, such as creating the type of content that could gain the most views and shares.
One particular project that caught the chairwoman’s attention was a tag-team effort between local non profit organizations and the government to help prevent suicides through Facebook. Another takeaway from the meeting that was particularly important was the importance of maintaining an “authentic voice” through posts, Tsai said.
The chairwoman and her delegation also took part in a forum at Stanford University on the topic of U.S-Taiwan innovation and technology cooperation, and arrived in Taiwan last night.
Empowering Overseas Supporters amid
Trials Back Home
On the evening of June 7, Tsai gave a speech in San Francisco for overseas Taiwanese, in a final move to empower supporters in the U.S.
Tsai concentrated on national affairs in Taiwan, stating that the proposal to lower the voting age to 18 was a token of trust toward the younger generation, and she implored the ruling party not to treat the proposal as a political bargaining chip.
The chairwoman mainly responded to the Constitutional Amendment Committee’s (CAC) last meeting that came to a close on June 8, re- sulting in 34 drafts that will be sent for further negotiations among the ruling and opposition parties, with the proposal of lowering the voting age among them.
For the drafts to undergo a referendum, which is set to become combined with next year’s presidential election, negotiations need to be finalized before the parliament goes into recess next week.
In other news, in response to Tsai’s seek- ing common ground while agreeing to differ on the “1992 Consensus,” Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu( ) said that the chairwoman “must give a clear explanation” of her stance based on the R.O.C. Constitution upon her arrival in Taiwan.
Independent presidential candidate Shih Ming-teh ( ) also blasted the chairwoman’s ambiguity again, saying “it’s like she never said anything.”
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopeful Tsai Ing-wen ( ) gives a thumbs-up while holding a Facebook “Like” sticker on June 8 at Facebook headquarters in the U.S. Tsai paid Facebook headquarters a visit on the last day of her U.S. tour.