Council to review social media policy to tackle ‘fake news’

LYME Regis Town Council will review its social media policy in a bid to tackle false information shared online.

Raising the issue before the Christmas break, Councillor Belinda Bawden said she felt the council should be more proactive in correcting false information and statements made by residents on various local Facebook pages.

The town council often comes under criticism for its decisions on local debate pages, but some of the information shared is incorrect and the council is often blamed for issues that are out of its control.

Councillor Bawden said that the council should not just rely on its own Facebook page to address inaccuracies, but should respond on other local pages when false statements are made.

Members agreed they would review the council’s social media policy at a future meeting.

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