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The White House is now accepting letters over Facebook Messenger

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The White House has opened up a new Facebook Messenger channel, and will use the channel to actively relay notes to President Obama. According to the announcement, it’s part of the president’s long-standing practice of reading 10 letters from constituents every day. Traditionally, those are regular postal letters, but the White House staff will now include letters sent through Messenger.

"Our goal is to bring the conversation to even more Americans," the announcement reads. The channel is accessible here to anyone with a Facebook account.

It’s one of a number of recent digital outreach efforts by the White House. We the People, the executive branch’s first digital petition platform, launched in 2011, and the president’s staff has responded to more than 250 of the site’s petitions in the years since. In 2015, the platform integrated with