PSU should not invite students, alums, and others to comment on the school’s Facebook page only to censor the page when opinions become heated and distasteful, said Adam Kissel, vice president for programs at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a group that tracks social media policies in higher education.
“A university should not pretend that it is offering its Facebook wall as a free forum for comments and then selectively delete the ones it would rather not let people see,” he said. “I think most people understand that whoever controls the Facebook wall also has a right to control its content.”
Carr said that however the leadership controversy unfolds at PSU, the university should keep its social media sites as open and honest as possible.
“Given the heinous nature of these crimes and the secrecy that has shrouded and protected the perpetrator rather than the victims, nothing short of total transparency and genuine efforts at reforming the policies and practices that allowed this to happen/be covered up will begin to rebuild trust,” she said.
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