Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made a stir on the campaign trail for her effective use of social media, and tomorrow she’ll be sharing her knowledge with her fellow Democrats, according to USA Today.
Ocasio-Cortez will be leading a session with the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Thursday "on the most effective ways to engage constituents on Twitter and the importance of digital storytelling.” Her colleague, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) will be sharing his insights as well.
Ocasio-Cortez has over 2 million followers on Twitter, and 1.8 million on Instagram. Himes, who runs his own social media as well, has 76,000 followers on Twitter.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have showed their technological ineptitude over the past year. Whether that be the House Energy and Commerce Committee grilling Jack Dorsey on algorithm bias, or members on the Senate Judiciary and Commerce panels grappling with just how Facebook works, lawmakers have a lot left to learn about the internet.
Inviting a freshman like Ocasio-Cortez, even after some more senior Democrats have called her out for her unconventional tactic, could mean significant changes as to how the party engages with their constituents through social media.