Jan 5, 2011 3:21 PM by Greg Boyce

Facebook modifies rules for government agencies

Rule changes by Facebook will allow state government employees to get involved in social media.

"We are pleased that Facebook has responded to Colorado and the other states' concerns about the provisions of its terms of service agreement," said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.  "We look forward to continuing to work with Facebook and starting a new dialogue with the people of Colorado through the company's web site. Social media is a great way to keep the public apprised of the important work we and other public entities do on behalf of the people of Colorado."

Colorado led the multi-state discussions between Facebook, the National Association of Attorneys General and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

Facebook has modified portions of its terms of service agreement that all users must agree to in order to use the site. The Office of the Attorney General began discussions with Facebook roughly a year ago after it discovered conflicts between the company's terms of service agreement and provisions of the Colorado Constitution. The new terms mirror a similar agreement the social media company reached with the federal government more than a year ago, which allowed 33 federal government agencies to connect with their constituents through Facebook.

The Office of the Attorney General will soon launch its own Facebook page.




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