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House passes bill to boost DHS use of social media in emergencies

Legislation to establish Department of Homeland Security standards for emergency responses on social media during terrorist attacks passed in the House on Tuesday.Passed 375-19, the bill would create a working group within DHS to provide guidance on the use of social media before, during and after terrorist attacks.

Rep. Susan Brooks R-Ind., the bill’s sponsor, said it was necessary for the federal government to determine how to use social media, like Twitter and Facebook, most effectively to communicate with citizens.”Social media is transforming the way the nation responds before, during and after a terrorist attack,” Brooks said.

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