Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fish and Game 'Unfriends' Its Own Facebook Page

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

In this morning's BW, we report how the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has shut down its Facebook page, because of some unruly comments.

"We were spending way too much time looking at it. We had some employees who were trying to moderate [Facebook] in the middle of the night, which was crazy," said Mike Keckler, chief of IDFG's Bureau of Communications. "I was doing that for a while, and realized I was literally losing sleep over this."

Keckler told Citydesk the agency tried blocking some individuals from further posts, "but then we decided to pull that back. Over time, things would self-moderate. But then something would occur and the comments would take off again."

Keckler said IDFG had no plans to make its Facebook page live again anytime soon. Instead, he indicated that the agency will try to find a way to introduce two-way dialogue on its website.

Keckler said the comment involved several topics, with more than a few aimed at wolf management.

"There were some pretty caustic arguments, both pro and con, about wolves," he said. "And we had a number of people on both sides of arguments calling on us to moderate the page better. But we just didn't have the time or manpower to properly moderate it."

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