INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - When respectful comments were deleted from the Facebook page of Mike Pence three weeks ago, the governor promised to create a new social media policy and post it online. The governor's new Facebook policy was posted this week.
It's specific and comprehensive. It's also restrictive and hard to find.
To find the governor's Facebook policy you must first go to his Facebook page and click on the "About" button. That takes you to another page where you must click on yet another link. It takes you to a government website where the policy is spelled out.
You can read it by clicking here.
It's a policy that is already under fire.
"It's actually going backwards," said Andy Markle. "It's showing the governor's not a forward thinking governor and does not care what his constituents think."
Andy Markle is one of the people who prompted the new policy. He helped create the website Pencership.com three weeks ago.
There you can find messages that were deleted from the governor's Facebook page. Some of those messages were out of line and the new policy prohibits profanity, obscenity, nudity and other objectionable content.
It also points out that the governor's office is not responsible for content generated by others. It encourages users to be civil but it also says that political views and philosophies should be taken elsewhere.
That's the part that causes Markle to object.
"I mean it's a public way for the governor to counteract opposing viewpoints to his own," said Markle, "and instead he's using it as a way to censor the comments of citizens of Indiana."
A spokeswoman for the governor declined an opportunity to discuss the new policy but Markle posted it on his own Facebook page saying, "Facebook is the only public forum that most people have right now."
They now know that the governor's Facebook page is intended only to promote his activities and events.
The governor's policy also applies to the use of Twitter and Youtube. It makes it clear that the usage of social media by the governor is so that he can share with the people of Indiana.
He's not soliciting any feedback.
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