Lindsay Dun

Lindsay Dun is an advanced graduate student in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interested include political behavior, elections, and computational methods. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

What are #TxLege Members Doing on Facebook?

April 12, 2018
By: 
Lindsay Dun
Joshua Blank
Jim Henson

As the national and international discussion of the larger role of Facebook and other social media applications rages in the wake of Russian subversion, the ongoing Cambridge Analytica revelations, and Mark Zuckerberg's appearances on Capitol Hill, attention has shifted away from the more mundane uses of Facebook by real live elected officials. 

Even with all the current angst about Facebook data as a backdrop, we are interested in how members of the #TXLege use the social media platform given its nearly ubiquitous use by elected officials in the state. One-hundred-forty-one members of the Texas House and 28 Texas Senators posted on public campaign Facebook pages where they designated themselves as a “politician” or a “public official” during the 2017 Session. This makes Facebook a venue for interactions with constituents as well as a forum for public interaction with the legislature as a whole.

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