The just-concluded 116th Congress wasn’t especially productive in terms of the number of substantive bills it passed during its two years in office. But it set several records for lawmakers’ use of social media, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
Voting members of the 116th Congress collectively produced more than 2.2 million tweets and Facebook posts in 2019 and 2020. That means the median member of Congress produced more than 3,000 posts across their profiles on Twitter and Facebook during this span. In total, the 116th Congress produced roughly 738,000 more social media posts than the 114th Congress. As in years past, Twitter is the most-used congressional social media platform. Members of the 116th Congress produced more than twice as many tweets as Facebook posts during their two years in office.