Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CA Assembly Members, You're Next!

I'm getting together the information I'll need to submit a Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) request to all the members of the California Assembly regarding who they block or mute on Twitter.

As I look at each member's Twitter account I'm finding that they all use their account for the same general purpose and that's to keep their viewing audience up to date on issues of public concern.  Sadly, some members do this from a private account, some from a campaign account, and some from an account that could actually be defined as "public" because it also happens to link to either the California Assembly Democratic Caucus website or to the Republican Caucus website.

California's social media policy can be found on the California Department of Technology website.  They've published a State Wide Information Management Manual and in it you can find the state's Social Media Standard.

To make a long story short, the state's Social Media Standard is out-of-date and in urgent need of revision.  When it comes to social media use by public officials and agencies there is little regard to how their online actions may be unethical or even unlawful.

I've re-tweeted hundreds of people who've posted comments about being blocked by a public official or agency.  What I want all of them to know is that public officials and agencies have no right to use their "public" Twitter account to arbitrarily block people they simply disagree with from viewing or responding to their publicly posted and taxpayer funded tweets!