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Schock Locks Down Instagram Account

The Peoria Republican has been an outspoken advocate for social media, and his account on the photo-sharing service showed off his exploits -- and his abs

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    If you weren't among the little more than 18,000 people who followed Rep. Aaron Schock on Instagram as of Tuesday night, you'll now have to ask permission to see his photos.

    The Peoria Republican turned the social media account, which chronicled his travels and appearances, to private mode just hours after announcing his intention to resign from Congress on March 31.

    Schock has been an outspoken advocate for social media, and his account on the photo-sharing service showed off his exploits -- and his abs.

    "I'm different," Schock said in February. "I came to Congress at 27. When I go take a personal vacation I don't sit on the beach, I go do active things."

    But use of the account backfired on him when the Associated Press extracted location data associated with each image and then correlated it with flight records showing airport stopovers and expenses later billed for air travel against his office and campaign records.

    His Twitter and Facebook profiles remain public as of Wednesday afternoon.


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