Kerry Washington is one of the many celebrities coming through Austin, TX at South By Southwest for speaking purposes.

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During her recent panel at the festival, Washington took some time to address her stance on social media and how she deals with it personally and professionally.  “To this day, I know we would not have had a second season [of Scandal] were it not for social media,” said Washington. “There is no way we would be in season five today if it wasn’t for social media.”

Known as #TGIT, the Thursday night “Shondaland” showcase is one of the busiest nights on Twitter. You can catch Kerry and the rest of her cast mates (plus the stars of the other shows) live tweet what’s taking place on weekly episodes.



Although social media has been influential for her professionally, she admits she will keep her daughter off it as she grows up.

“I have these itchy fingers where I want to post a photo of my daughter, so instead I send it to my shrink or my mother,” she said. “I want her to be able to make those decisions in her time. She already has a lot to navigate in life as the daughter of an actor and a former football player. She should be able to enter this world in the way that is right for her.”