House to Investigate White House Use of Facebook, Twitter

Issa's Oversight and Government Reform Committee is looking at the White House's use of social media.

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The Obama administration's famously web-savvy staff will soon be under scrutiny from Republicans in Congress. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, headed by California Republican Darrell Issa, will be holding a hearing next week to review whether White House staffers are following the Presidential Records Act when they use unofficial personal accounts of social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Referring to a White House Web page warning visitors about how their Facebook or Twitter messages to the White House might be archived, a committee spokesman said in a release that the administration's policy doesn't address whether it archives similar messages made by staffers on their own private accounts. Officials from the White House and the National Archives are expected to testify for the committee on Tuesday, May 3.