Doug Bedell — October 31, 2011, 9:13 am

Social Media Capturing Our Screens

When Congress heads to social media, can law enforcement and security be far behind? The question arises with the word from Nextgov that “about 80 percent of congressional lawmakers’ websites now link to the members’ Facebook and Twitter pages compared with just about 20 percent in 2009.”

Congressmen are specially sensitive to where their audiences are. So if social media are commanding that sort of attention on both sides of computer screens, aren’t they a new public forum for all kinds of exchanges, including law enforcement and security? We would think so, though we’d have to think a little harder about the security angle.

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