- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

PILOT ROCK, Ore. (AP) - In response to a community watch page on social media, the Pilot City Council is weighing whether to allow staff to respond to comments on Facebook.

The East Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/BipU9P ) that on Monday the council discussed inaccurate statements about city police made on the Facebook page for Pilot Rock Community Watch, a private group dedicated to informing members about suspicious activity in the area.

Some councilmembers worried Facebook comments would discourage community members from calling emergency services, or that a quorum of council members on a Facebook page could violate Oregon’s public meeting laws. However, other members countered that free speech extended to city officials.

The council unanimously voted to table the discussion until they can seek advice from the League of Oregon Cities.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.com

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