Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Dan Crenshaw are learning about the new rules of the House and how they have to leave their plethora of social media followers behind for a while.
According to the rules of the House, representatives can’t use “official resources” to maintain their current Twitter and Facebook accounts. Nobody from their staffs and no money from their office can keep those timelines which will no doubt hurt Ocasio-Cortez who follower status grew exponentially due to the negative promotion by conservatives.
Ocasio-Cortez has two million followers while Dan Crenshaw has close to two hundred and forty thousand under their accounts.
House rules don’t say those accounts have to be deleted, just can’t be maintained by the representative. This means someone would have to love these representatives to respond for them and keep the accounts fluid to keep the followers updated and active.
Newly elected members have been sharing their experiences on social media, giving their followers a look at the unique experience of transitioning into Congress. But some of their social media fluency will be reigned in to conform with strict guidelines on how officials can use their platforms.
Most freshman lawmakers have already launched their fresh, new accounts. They and their staffs are starting from scratch to build a following on newly minted accounts that clearly identify their position in Congress and posts that are governed official rules.
The Members’ Congressional Handbook specifies that lawmakers cannot use their official social media accounts for campaigning, grassroots lobbying or any kind of endorsement of a product or service.
So Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s enthusiastic recommendation for Instant Pot on her Instagram and Dan Crenshaw’s glowing endorsement of sweeteyepatches.com on Twitter wouldn’t make the ethical cut on their official accounts.
Source: Roll Call
I wish Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer would lose all of their followers, now that would be grand, wouldn’t it?
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