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Bill Would Limit Tracking Student Athletes on Social Media

Monday, Jan 28, 2013  |  Updated 5:03 AM CDT
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Bill Would Limit Tracking Student Athletes on Social Media

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A bill pending in the Texas Legislature would target a service used by the athletic departments at the University of Texas and Texas Tech to keep an eye on their athletes online.

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A bill pending in the Texas Legislature would target a service used by the athletic departments at the University of Texas and Texas Tech to keep an eye on their athletes online.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that both Texas and Texas Tech have contracts with companies that keep tabs on athletes' Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts.

The firm used by Texas Tech, called YouDiligence, filters every athlete post. It checks posts through a 650-word list that includes references to drugs, alcohol, race and sex.

But Rep. Dawnna Dukes has filed a bill that would ban universities from getting access to the social media accounts of current or future students.

The Austin Democrat says employees and students should be allowed to keep their account logins private.

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