SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY FOR THE CITY OF EAST POINT, GEORGIA
A. Purpose of City Social Media Websites.
1. The purpose of any social media website created and maintained by the City shall be to provide an alternative and additional means of communicating City business, events, and emergency information to its citizens. The primary uses of any City social media website are intended to be (1) as channels for disseminating time-sensitive information as quickly as possible, such as emergency information, and (2) as marketing/promotional channels that increase the City’s ability to communicate information about City business and events the widest possible audience.
2. The City’s official website (www.eastpointcity.org) shall remain the City’s primary and predominant Internet presence. As such, whenever possible, content posted any City social media website shall also be available on the City’s official website, and content posted on any City social media website should contain links directing users back to the City's official website whenever possible for in-depth information, forms, documents, or online services.
B. Content Posted on City Social Media Websites.
1. City of East Point social media websites are intended for informational purposes only, for communication of information regarding City business, events, and emergency information. No user input, comments, or discussion groups will be allowed on any City social media website.
2. All City content posted on a City social media website must be submitted in advance and approved by the City Manager, and shall comply with all City policies and ordinances and applicable City, state, and federal laws.
3. Users and visitors to City social media websites shall be notified of the stated purpose of the website as an alternative and additional means of communicating City business, events, and emergency information to its citizens.
C. Open Records.
City social media websites are subject to the Georgia Open Records Act. Any content maintained on a social media website that is related to City business, including a list of subscribers or “friends,” is a public record. As such, the City is responsible for responding completely and accurately to any public records request for public records on its social media websites. Content related to City business shall be maintained in an accessible format and so that it can be produced in response to an open records request. Whenever possible, City social media websites shall clearly indicate that any articles and any other content posted or submitted for posting are subject to public disclosure.