Tech companies are hooking Republicans up in Cleveland.
The logos of some of the biggest names in tech can be seen all over the Republican National Convention this week, despite pushback from progressive organizations to drop involvement in the event headlined by presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Facebook (FB) has built up its own shop outside the Quicken Loans Arena. Facebook Live is a major component of its activities -- inside the Facebook hub, a screen displays videos being streamed in real time, and an area has been reserved for news outlets to do their own Facebook Live shoots. Outside the hub, a giant screen streams the speeches taking place inside the arena. Facebook's Instagram is also on display, with an Oval Office replica set aside for a photo op.
"We wanted to find a way so that we could help the people who are here on the ground -- the delegates, the media, the policymakers -- know how to go live on Facebook, how to be sharing their experiences with people back home, but then also helping to think through how can we make sure those who aren't here in Cleveland are being able to watch it," said Katie Harbath, global politics and government outreach director at Facebook.
ABC News has teamed up with Facebook to do 24-hour live coverage of the RNC, and delegates and reporters are going live on Facebook on the convention floor and all over Cleveland.
The social media company, which will also have a hub at next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, has already seen an enormous amount of activity surrounding politics this year. Since Jan. 1, it has seen over 89 million people having over 2.9 billion interactions related to politics in the U.S. alone. From June 16 to July 16, the most popular topics of conversation on Facebook were crime, government ethics, homeland security, guns and religion.
Facebook has had its fair share of run-ins with the GOP this election cycle. CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued a thinly veiled critique of Trump at Facebook's F8 developer conference earlier this year, and in the spring, a report that the company was censoring conservative content in its trending topics section had Republicans up in arms.