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Facebook opens hub for congressional profiles

Lawmakers are gradually warming up to social media as a platform to communicate with their constituents, and Facebook thinks it's high time they were recognized for their efforts.

The company has created a new page on the site designed to showcase some of the novel ways that members are using the site and serve as a directory for their official pages.

"We hope this will encourage even more use of social technologies like Facebook by politicians and government agencies to interact with and serve their constituents," Facebook Public Policy Director Tim Sparapani said in a statement.

The company claims that more than 300 lawmakers have set up official Facebook pages.

The Congress on Facebook page builds on a similar forum Facebook established for government agencies using the site.

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