Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sorry LGA, controlling stuff on social media really isn't the purpose of local government


The LGA is a lobby and support organisation for local government. Some of us have long harboured doubts about its value and on occasion its purpose. However, it is wandering into areas that really are nothing to do with local government, I'm guessing to get a headline:

"We believe social media operators have a responsibility to provide health warnings to user groups and individuals. The LGA is looking for these corporations to show leadership and not ignore what is happening on their sites. We are urging Facebook and Twitter executives to sit down with us and discuss a way forward which tackles this issue head on.”

In quick order:

1. Social media owners have no such responsibility
2. Even if they do it really is nothing to do with English local government

Mission creep pure and simple.


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