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October 2, 2009 at 3:22 PM

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Seattle City Council ethics 2.0: no "friending"

Posted by Emily Heffter

The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission is looking at a new ethics policy for Seattle City Council members who use social media like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The council will decide whether to accept the policy, after the commission weighs in.

A draft of the policy the commission will talk about at its meeting next Wednesday says any council members' Tweets and status updates are part of the public record and have to be archived. So are text messages.

Social media fall under the Open Public Meetings Act, too, so, the policy says, "Councilmembers are strongly discouraged from 'friending' other Councilmembers."

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