Councillors advised on how to deal with trolls
ADVICE on tackling online ‘trolls’ will be circulated to councillors across County Durham as part of a new social media drive.
On October 5, Durham County Council’s Standards Committee heard updates on changes to a social media guidance document for county, parish and town councillors. The aim, a report states, is to help tackle the number of ‘code of conduct’ complaints by reminding councillors of their public duties in online spaces.
The original document, developed earlier this year, reminded councillors not to share confidential information and to remove defamatory or offensive comments from their own sites.
Following consultation, several changes were added to the guidance document, including sharing or re-tweeting comments online and dealing with online ‘trolls’. The report reads: “If ‘trolling’ becomes unacceptably harassing then report it to the police and seek advice from, as appropriate, member support or your parish clerk.”
Other advice included caution around friend requests and the use of social media on council equipment for electioneering purposes.