May 17, 2022

Social media not so hot on the Hill

Social media not so hot on the Hill

Rep. John Culberson has had it with all the noise on Twitter.

“There’s a lot of trolls on Twitter,” the Texas Republican told POLITICO. “I just got to the point that I was sick and tired of it.”

And he’s not the only one on Capitol Hill who’s fed up with the din.

In 140 characters: “Social media is absolutely a pain in the a—,” a Capitol Hill aide confessed to POLITICO recently. “But that’s the nature of our business.”

While the explosion of social media on the Hill has become an excellent way for lawmakers to get their message to constituents, digesting the messages coming in has become a tedious, time-consuming effort that yields little payoff, staffers say. Despite the complaints simmering among the faces behind congressional Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, social media maintenance is a task that’s here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.

Source: Politico