Keeping the system accountable to citizens
What happens when a politician lies or says something that isn’t accurate? If it’s a presidential race, they’re sure to be under the microscope. If it’s the U.S. Senator or Governor level, politicians may be questioned. But if it’s a statement from a local politician, many claims or “facts” never get challenged at all.
/polfactcheck is an example of how localweb.is can be used to help keep politicians honest, ensure transparency and fact check information from the ground up. Know a city councilor’s stance on a local zoning issue but want to hear from small business owners who’ve actually been affected by it? Simply post a note asking for perspectives on how the zoning has affected their business. The mayor stated that there’s no difference in bar / liquor store free zones being 500 or 1000 ft from the nearest school? Find out if that’s really true by talking to people whose kids attend the local elementary.
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