Brooks’ DHS social media bill clears Congress, heads to Obama’s desk

The House and Senate passed U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks’ (R-IN) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Social Media Improvement Act of 2015 on Wednesday. The bill now goes to President Obama’s desk.

The legislation would create a public-private working group to provide guidance and best practices on the use of social-media technologies, specifically during a terrorist attack or other emergency.

“Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate with those around us, including how we learn about, respond to and assess terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other emergencies,” Brooks said. “This DHS group is an important step toward improving communications and information sharing between the public and private sector, especially during times of emergency and crisis. We need to get the whole first-responder and social media communities involved if we are to learn how to most effectively and efficiently communicate critical information to the public.”