Slabbed explores allegations that the Bay St Louis Facebook Page is a Hizzoner partisan political activity

Folks I’ve never understood why newspapers couch a story around a massive fib, especially when they know it is a fib. Monday night’s workshop witnessed a number of transparency errors but what interested me most was insubordinate City employee Jerry Beaugez, a crony of Mayor Fillingame arguing with the City Council after being given a direct order to stop streaming the workshop on Facebook. While such an order against a member of the public would certainly be an ethics no-no, a City employee faces a far different set of legal questions vis-a-vie the exercise of free speech while on the taxpayer’s dime. Let’s start with the massive falsehood Beaugez told to Dwayne Bremer of the Echo:

One possible reason for the council’s concern is that there have been accusations that Facebook comments were being edited or deleted to reflect only “pro-Fillingame posts.”

Beaugez said anyone can see the comments on Facebook and they could not be edited or deleted. He said that the Facebook settings are set to not allow vulgarity, but the administrator cannot delete or edit a post.

Individuals, however, can delete their own personal posts, he said.

Beaugez also argued that the meeting was public and that other entities such as local media are allowed to record meetings.

The owner of the Facebook page can delete any comment from anyone posted on it, as any 12 year old with a Facebook account will tell you. It’s real simple, simply mouse over the “x” on the upper right of the comment, click it and then confirm the delete. Since Beaugez is either a Facebook simpleton or a liar, can we discern which condition is the case here? I think so folks, mainly by presenting one of the comments deleted from the City’s Facebook page: Continue reading “Slabbed explores allegations that the Bay St Louis Facebook Page is a Hizzoner partisan political activity”

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OK folks I’ve gotten enough emails. Here are a few links of interest:

Coast eyes are on Stacey Pickering ~ Paul Hampton

Whitney Pickering: No tears allowed in fight against cancer ~ Sherry Lucas

SunHerald.com changes its commenting policy today ~ Kate Magandy-Holzhauser

My interest here is mostly scientifically based complete with mathematical component as is my wont. A more artistic way of viewing the same problem set can be found here. Worth noting is that it was Whitmergate that turned me on to the artistic way of looking at the same thing demonstrating the power of community sourcing. A fair read of the comments to the last link indicates the inherent fallacy to using Facebook as the commenting gatekeeper.

A Slabbed first…..

Despite priding myself on not having a single facebook friend and burying the account deeply so that no one would find it, some of you good people have actually found it and sent me friendship requests. This is a stunning turn of events for a Facebook scrooge such as myself.

There is mucho activity going on here at Slabbed New Media behind the scenes and that deos not count tax season. Heed these words:

When a muckraker is quiet it means they are up to something.¬† ūüėČ

About these repeated requests that I join Facebook

OK folks, for the umteenth¬†time I’ve received an email from Facebook inviting me to join.¬† The last one was funny as it listed several people that did not invite me¬†though I surmise they¬†must have searched for my name because one of those listed as a potential friend was none other than my main man from Oxford Tom Freeland.¬† (Tom will have to ratchet that old-south planter’s mentality driven ego down a few notches for that to ever happen.)

I’ve resisted¬† both Facebook and Linkdin because I did not want to make it easy for State Farm or others with less than honorable intentions to¬†conduct ye ol’ neighborhood canvass on yours truly. I have nothing to hide¬†in the¬†conduct of my personal life but I try to avoid mixing blogging and my personal life beyond Mrs Sop’s continued blessing to spend time on this endeavor.

So I’ll open the question to my readers. Do I connect or not? Email replies also welcome.

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