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Data: Quorum; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Democrats posted on social media and sent out press releases more than Republicans last year on all platforms except YouTube.

By the numbers: Members of Congress posted on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube 793,483 times between the start of the year and the end of November — slightly up from a total of 784,614 in 2020, according to data and analysis provided to Axios by Quorum.

  • The uptick was largely due to members being more active on Facebook than Twitter compared to 2020.
  • March 2021 had the highest number of social media posts and press releases, driven by the passage of the American Rescue Plan and the exploding crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Between the lines: Not much legislation can be accomplished in a 50-50 Senate, but Congress remained active on messaging. For every one bill introduced last year, senators and House members:

  • Tweeted 53 times.
  • Posted on Facebook 33 times.
  • Shared 2 YouTube videos.
  • Published 7 press releases.

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Kate Marino, author of Markets
Jan 5, 2022 - Economy & Business

Young investors are making bets from what they see on social media

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Data: M1 Finance; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios (State of financial survival defined as worried about covering basic living expenses; financial freedom defined as having enough savings to live the life one wants.)

For today’s investors, the latest jackpot idea might be sandwiched between cat videos and political snark on social media.

Driving the news: About 60% of Gen Z and millennial investors have made an investment as a result of social media, according to a new survey out today from M1 Finance.

Updated 8 mins ago - Economy & Business

Tax season nightmare ahead for understaffed IRS

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The IRS will start accepting 2021 tax returns in less than a week, and the filing delays and administrative headaches to come might eclipse last year — which was “one of the worst filing seasons," according to an independent advocacy agency within the IRS.

Why it matters: For taxpayers, especially with complex or paper filings, this means headaches, delayed refunds, and mistakes.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.