Social Media as Primary Sources of Government Information (I4)

Date + Time: Tuesday, July 16, 2019: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Speakers: Robert Dessau, Voxgov; Diana Owen, Georgetown University; Jacob Straus, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

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There is a sharp increase of official communications from our elected officials that happens first, primarily, and even solely on different social media platforms. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are the best examples of social media tools that have allowed our elected government officials to interact directly with their constituents and the public at large. Considering the impact, relevance, and extensive usage, should these communications then be considered primary sources of government documents?

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