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Members Tweeting at Their Own Risk

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Rep. Pete Hoekstra live-tweeted a Congressional delegation trip to Iraq in 2009. The lack of a social media policy in Congress has raised some concerns about security and privacy.

Secret Service spokesman Max Milien said the Secret Service leaves it to the discretion of other agencies and offices when it comes to protecting information on social media platforms. “Individual agencies have their own policies regarding these topics,” Milien said, explaining that visitors are informed of operational security procedures. “We rely on our partners that the operational security is adhered to.”

Current and former Congressional aides stressed that they are proactive in protecting the identity of Members’ details, often requesting photos of the personnel or cars used by lawmakers be removed from media sites.

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