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Facebook 'Likes' Congress

November 18, 2011

Members of Congress, staffers, and Facebook developers will convene for the first-ever Congressional Facebook Developer Hackathon next month to examine ways social media can interact with legislative data and communication with constituents.

"As social media increasingly plays a central role in all areas of our everyday life, it is essential that Congress fully incorporate these platforms into its daily operations," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in a statement. The event will take place on Dec. 7.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Congress has a "duty" to embrace new technologies to help make government more transparent.

"Americans have a right to petition government, and new online technologies are giving that right exciting new possibilities," he said in a statement. "We welcome the help and advice of industry leaders like Facebook, as well as individuals and academics who have innovative ideas on how to do so."

The Hackathon is open to the public and Hill staffers, with more information available on Cantor's website.

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