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February 11, 2016

What Was That Social Media Bill About?

Last night, the chairwoman and ranking member of a House Homeland Security subcommittee went to the floor to lead debate on a bill called the “Social Media Working Group Act.” What’s the connection?

Turns out that the bill would establish a social media working group within the Homeland Security Department to provide guidance and recommendations for first responders on using social media when terrorist attacks or other emergencies occur. (That explanation is courtesy of CQ House Action Reports’ Karin Fuog).

“We have seen the rise in the use of social media both before, during and after disasters,” the subcommittee chairwoman and bill sponsor, Indiana Republican Susan W. Brooks, said on the floor. “This legislation will help to ensure we’re leveraging best practices, sharing and incorporating lessons learned for the use of social media in this area.”

Scientific American has more on social media and disasters in this piece last year and this USA Today story from last year looks at the conveyance of information and misinformation through social media during the Boston Marathon bombings.

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