The White House is open-sourcing the code for its Facebook Messenger chatbot so other governments and organizations can build their own bots.
The Facebook chatbot, which was launched in August, enables the White House to receive messages from people worldwide. So far, U.S. President Barrack Obama has received more than 1.5 million messages through the platform.
The Drupal module comes complete with step-by-step instructions and boiler plate code, enabling Drupal 8 developers to quickly launch a Facebook Messenger bot of their own.
“We also left a few lines in the repository describing our hopes for the future of the code and encouraging members of the developer community to get involved,” White House Chief Digial Officer Jason Goldman said in a blog post.
“While Drupal may not be the platform others would immediately consider for building a bot, this new White House module will allow non-developers to create bot interactions (with customized language and workflows), and empower other governments and agencies who already use Drupal to power their digital experiences. Now, there is one less barrier to being more accessible and responsive to constituents. We look forward to seeing what others build on top of this work.”
The new repository is available via Github.
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