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South Bend City Councilman Tim Scott proposes new social media guidelines for council members

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SOUTH BEND - At the end of Monday night's meeting where the South Bend Common Council discussed whether to censure Councilman Henry Davis, Jr. for a controversial Facebook post, multiple council members suggested the council should have an established social media policy. By Tuesday afternoon, the council had its first proposed set of guidelines.

"We want a policy in place where there's guidelines for decorum and just good practice. You know, most corporations have that," says Councilman Tim Scott.

Scott released a 25-item list of proposed social media guidelines. Scott's proposal to the council emphasized "always be smart, use sound judgment and common sense," as the overriding principles of the guidelines. The complete proposed social media policy can be viewed here.

It's not clear whether these new guidelines would have resulted in discipline for Henry Davis Jr. Scott said these guidelines aren't a reaction to recent events on the Council. He says it's something that's been in the works for a while to improve the Common Council process.

Scott says the proposed guidelines have been submitted to the city's IT department, all council members, the city legal department and the Mayor's office for review. He says he intends to call a meeting of the Council's Information and Technology Committee to review the policy and discuss how to enforce it.

Henry Davis Jr. is also a member of the IT Committee and will participate in the discussion of a social media policy. "I'm happy that we're having the discussion. I think there is a lot to be learned. there is a lot to be discussed and talked about. And I hope that we all gain something from it," says Davis.

Davis says he first of all wants to make sure all members of council understand what social media is, and then put together a policy that's fitting for everyone. He says, "How do we make a reasonable decision, reasonable legislation that works for the total community, that will last for several years in the future?"

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