Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 19, 2013

Gov. Pence has new Facebook policy, and fresh criticism

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence has a new policy on Facebook and other social media — and it's already drawing criticism.

WISH-TV reports the new policy prohibits profanity, obscenity, nudity and other objectionable content.

It also encourages users to be civil and that political views and philosophies should be taken elsewhere.

That last part is drawing criticism. Andy Markle, who helped create the website Pencership.com three weeks ago, says social media is a public way for Pence to counter opposing viewpoints, but the governor is using it as a way to censor the comments of Hoosiers.

Pence apologized after respectful comments about gay marriage were deleted from his Facebook page three weeks ago. He promised at that time to create a new social media policy and post it online.