Reporting from Washington — Has the Anthony Weiner scandal made members of Congress more Twitter-shy?
A new study indicates that lawmakers have dialed back on their 140-character messaging in the days since the New York congressman mistakenly sent a provocative photo to all his followers on the social networking site.
TweetCongress.org, which monitors 400 active feeds from members of Congress, found that more than 15,000 tweets were sent over a 23-day span from their accounts, starting in early May.
Democratic and Republican members averaged about 700 tweets each weekday in the two weeks leading up to Weiner's misfired message. In the eight weekdays since, those lawmakers were sending on average only about 550 each day, a drop in activity of roughly 21%.