I’m disappointed in you. Yeah, yeah, yeah – you’ve probably grown to expect that comment from me by now, I know, but this time it’s for something different. Not for anything that you yourself did, but which you allowed others to do, and in a public forum, no less. And you’ve done nothing to correct this circumstance.
That’s why I’m posting this personal message to you. It’s not intended as criticism, but as simple advice.
It’s the thousands of comments that others made on that Facebook entry that have got me in the gut, though. Many of them are deplorable. Racist. Vulgar. (Click to see "A Black President Visits A Red State - Causing White Sheets To Sing The Blues On Facebook.") The last time I saw some of those words was in the graffiti of a high school bathroom, damn it. And you let those horrendous comments remain, even today, six days later.
Don’t say that you (or your staff who may also operate the page) don’t have time to read through and filter and delete the negative comments. As you should know, those juvenile and vulgar comments could have been prevented to begin with.
I'll give you benefit of the doubt, though, and assume that neither you nor your staff are familiar with the options. So, with nothing but nonpartisan intentions, I hope that y'all will take a moment to review this advice I offer in quick-and-simple Facebook page management.
Also on that “settings” page will you find a “page moderation” option. Click on that "edit."
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It's simple. It's easy. It's common sense to do. And it's a very poor reflection on you and your office that you haven't done this already, especially after the comments on that post. They're casting a very poor reflection on the citizens of South Carolina, after all.
Don't try the "first amendment" or "just letting the people express themselves" excuses, either. Would you let people stand in your office bearing signs that display such messages and wordage? Of course not! And you shouldn't let them do it on your Facebook page, either (which, since it's operated by private company, isn't exactly first-amendment applicable).
Look at it like this: when I walked out of my home this morning to check the mail, I found trash on the sidewalk right in front of my house. Some empty and crushed-up juice box that some little kid might have tossed out of the window of a van as his parents drove him to daycare, or maybe that just accidentally fell out of garbage truck on its morning collection.
I didn't put it there. But it's a reflection on me and my property to everyone else that might see it. So do I pick it up and properly throw it away? Or just leave it there for all my neighbors to see?
Pick up the trash that's now on your front lawn, Gov. Haley. And take two minutes to set your Facebook account to make sure more trash doesn't get tossed on it.