Governor Completes New Social Media Policy
July 19, 2013 — Governor Mike Pence’s Facebook page now comes with an official social media policy, weeks after the governor apologized when comments critical of Pence were deleted from his page. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:
In the ‘About’ section of Governor Mike Pence’s official Facebook page, users can now find a link to a state government page that contains Pence’s new social media policy. The policy states that the governor’s office is not responsible for content posted by other users on its social media page, though it says it does not allow profanity, obscenity, vulgarity, nudity, defamation of character, advertising, or political campaigning. The creation of the policy was spurred by controversy over deleted comments critical of the governor’s position on same sex marriage. Initially, the governor’s office said the comments were removed because they contained personal or disrespectful attacks. But later, the governor admitted some were deleted simply because they expressed disagreement. Pence last week told reporters he regrets the incident:
“I want Hoosiers all to know that, whether we agree or disagree, that I respect the freedom of expression and respect the opinions of every person in this state.”
Pence’s policy also says comments on the governor’s social media pages are not monitored 24-7 and that it trusts in the maturity of the community to ignore personal attacks and respond politely. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.