Kanawha County Seeks Social Media Ethics Opinion

By Marks, Rusty | Charleston Gazette Mail, August 14, 2015 | Go to article overview

Kanawha County Seeks Social Media Ethics Opinion


Marks, Rusty, Charleston Gazette Mail


Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper is asking state ethics officials whether it's all right for county officials to publicly recognize business owners and post photos on social networking sites like Facebook. Earlier this month, the state Ethics Commission issued an advisory opinion saying public officials should post photographs of themselves only on the home page of governmental websites or on biographical pages. Carper is asking the Ethics Commission for an opinion on whether the rule also applies to social media websites.

Carper sent a letter to the Ethics Commission on Wednesday asking about what is or isn't allowed on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

"Following a regular [Kanawha County] Commission meeting, the Commission often posts pictures from that meeting on the official county Facebook page, Carper wrote.

"Would it be permissible for an elected official to post pictures from public events, such as a ribbon cutting, on an official government Facebook page? …

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