Social media

December 29th, 2011

The state Senate has adopted a social media policy, making the chamber among only a few in the nation with formal guidance to lawmakers and staff on new media.

The policy urges senators to limit the use of the Senate’s social media for personal reasons during normal business hours. Content shared through social media should focus on the Legislature and current events and should be factually accurate. Messages should not include information or comments that are:

*violent, obscene, profane, hateful or racist

*personal attacks or abusive

*threatening, slanderous or defamatory

*solicitations, endorsements, or promotions of products or services of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency

*suggestive or encouragement of illegal activity



*confidential or personal

The Senate communications office will manage social media and regularly monitor content.

Senate officers and employees who fail to comply with the social media policy may face discipline.

4 Responses to “Social media”

  1. Guido Sarducci:

    One word: Censorship.

  2. shelly:

    They shouldnt be able to use “social media” at all during their business hours! Perhaps if they used that time to work on the REAL issues their might be some headway in our government!

  3. Nicholas:

    As much as I respect the culture of Hawaii, I really don’t understand the almost socialist policies of the leaders of the State of Hawaii in government. They want to limit the information coming from the government? … Amazing!

  4. Goober:

    No ethics in politics or life.

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