Senate Democrats to introduce bill to ban use of social media in campaign coverage

Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced a bill to make it a felony for political candidates to use social media to promote themselves or to promote their candidates.

The bill would make it illegal for a candidate to use any of the following: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Instagram Stories, YouTube, YouTube Red, Vimeo, Vevo, YouTube Vines, YouTube Vine, YouTube Music, YouTube TV, YouTube Live, YouTube Radio, YouTube Twitch, YouTube YouTube Vine Radio, or any other social media platform: Facebook Live, Facebook, Instagram Live, Snapchat Live, Vine Live, Twitter Live, Vines Live, Twitters Live, or YouTube Radio.

The legislation would also bar candidates from using any social media channel to promote the election, campaign, or political party of the candidate or to publicly promote or promote another candidate, regardless of whether they are a candidate or not.

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the bill this week.

House Democratic leaders have been pushing for the legislation for months.

The legislation would ban candidates from utilizing any of these platforms unless they are in the process of conducting a campaign.

A key provision of the bill would be that it would require candidates to disclose their campaign and political expenditures before any political campaign or political advertising is conducted.