Colorado: “Jefferson County Library Scrubs Tweets after Getting Complaints that Posts are Politically Biased”
From The Denver Post:
The head of the Jefferson County Public Library this month deleted a series of tweets from the library’s Twitter account after a county commissioner complained they were politically biased.
That has people in the county talking about the role of libraries as repositories of free expression and the unfettered exchange of ideas — and whether that mission could be jeopardized by the specter of online censorship.
The offending tweets, which were mostly posted in January, included a message promoting the library’s databases titled “Facts are facts”; a picture of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton behind the phrase “I Believe in Science!” posted on Inauguration Day; links to information about refugees featuring women in Muslim dress; and images of birth control methods linking to information on “women’s health care reform.”
[Library Director Pam] Nissler said at first she was “concerned and puzzled” about the commissioner’s complaint but later concluded that the tweets could be perceived as having a bias, especially if a viewer were to primarily focus on the photos in the postings.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.