On May 27, 2011, when Anthony Weiner accidentally sent a link via Twitter which contained a very public photograph of a specific (and unwelcome) kind of Congress member, he couldn’t have begun to imagine the damage this incident would cause not only to his career, but to the prolificness of all lawmakers, Republican and Democrat, who were active on Twitter.

A new study from TweetCongress.org has analysed the rate of tweets before and after the Weiner scandal, and uncovered an interesting, if perhaps not entirely unsurprising fact: the total number of tweets across all congressmen is down 28%.

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