Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
40. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount his Department spent on social media monitoring in 2018 and 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11842/20]
There were no such costs incurred by my Department in either 2018 or 2109.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has procured an external monitoring service for press and broadcast media. While this contract allows for social media monitoring if required, this element is not currently utilised. The Department monitors its own and external social media activity through free analytical tools provided by the major social media platforms.