Can You FOIA a Tweet?

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A discussion about how public agencies should deal with open records issues and social media.

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Can You FOIA a Tweet?

  1. 1. Can you FOIA a Tweet? And other interesting questions about social media and open records law Can you FOIA a Tweet? And other interesting questions about social media and open records law
  2. 2. South Carolina Public Relations Professionals Group
  3. 3. I am not a lawyer
  4. 4. Social media and FOIA A gray area
  5. 5. South Carolina FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
  6. 6. What is a public record?
  7. 7. Books
  8. 8. Cards
  9. 9. Maps
  10. 10. Documents
  11. 11. Tapes
  12. 12. Recordings Recordings
  13. 13. …or other documentary materials regardless of physical form or characteristics prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or retained by a public body.
  14. 14. We checked Twitter, Facebook and private emails for “official” correspondence.
  15. 15. Lessons Learned Treat SM postings just like other official communications Send “official” SM content to your official email Don’t do official business on private networks
  16. 16. A few other things to ponder
  17. 17. What about comments on government social media sites?
  18. 18. Social media and public meetings
  19. 19. Back up your social media postings the EASY way
  20. 20. Have a strong SM policy Have a STRONG social media policy
  21. 21. Michael Sponhour Director of Public Affairs SC Budget and Control Board 803-734-0632 www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsponhourabc msponho@oed.sc.gov www.twitter.com/msponhour

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