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Monday, May 18, 2009

Fort Lauderdale commissioners advised to stay off Facebook

Fort Lauderdale City Attorney Harry Stewart discouraged commissioners from participating in "a Facebook page or any similar interactive communication technology," the Sun Sentinel reported. The attorney general, however, told the city of Coral Springs that a Facebook page was okay but that freedom of information laws would apply. The Sun Sentinel obtained a copy of the attorney general's opinion and has posted it.

We've seen a few stories lately about cities and agencies joining the Twitter or Facebook madness. There's certainly no Facebook craze in Fort Lauderdale City Hall.

City Attorney Harry Stewart advised commissioners against setting up pages on Facebook, or creating personal websites with content that could be public record.

Stewart's full memo about Facebook is here.

More here.

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