Watch out, Washington has discovered GIFs.
House Judiciary Committee staffers horrified some (and delighted others) earlier this week when they issued a press release about immigration enforcement entirely composed of GIFs.
Days later, people were still talking about it on Twitter.
“GIF op-eds are being used more and more, including here in the halls of Congress,” said a House Judiciary aide in response to the criticism, adding that the committee is always trying to find new ways to “communicate our message to an increasing number of people.”
Indeed, this isn’t the first time a lawmaker or committee has used GIFs like this. Washington policy makers and PR people have increasingly been adopting a more BuzzFeed-like approach when trying to get a message out to people who generally ignore politicians.
House Speaker John Boehner’s staff used a collection of Taylor Swift GIFs to dump on the White House’s free community college idea earlier this year.
House Energy and Commerce staffers used them two years ago to push for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The House Natural Resources committee also offered a listicle explaining why people shouldn’t skip their budget hearings.
Even the White House got in the act with a GIF-focused viral campaign devoted to getting people to sign up for health insurance via HealthCare.gov.
Ironically, there was some debate online about whether the committee needed permission of the rights holders to use the GIFs or if those were covered under fair-use rules. The House Judiciary committee has jurisdiction over copyright and piracy issues.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.