Facebook foils shire free speech crackdown

THE COMMUNITY power of social media was demonstrated at last month’s Toodyay Shire Council meeting when two proposed new administration policies to restrict free speech failed to get a single vote after strong public opposition on Facebook.

Councillors voted 7-0 to scrap CEO Stan Scott’s recommendation to limit public question time to 15 minutes.

They also voted 7-0 to defer a new communications policy that appeared to give the CEO sweeping power to “monitor, approve and manage” personal Facebook pages and electronic devices used by elected councillors and shire workers.

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