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Technology and Social Media Pitfalls for Townships

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Michigan Townships Association (MTA) Conference
April 28, 2020

Public bodies and public officials are using social media to advertise and promote township events. The Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) were adopted in the 1970s and did not contemplate new technology and social media. Learn potential pitfalls townships face when using social media, including using private accounts for “public” purposes and addressing comments on social media. Find out how email and other technological advancements can impact record retention, public record disclosures, and increase the risk of OMA violations.