Idaho Fish and Game suspends its Facebook page

The state fish and wildlife agency decided to suspend the page because it didn't have the resources or time to moderate the page.

F&G made an announcement April 2 on Twitter.

"There have been several occasions when the discussions became extremely heated," said Mike Keckler, F&G's chief of the Bureau of Communications. "Name calling occurred, profanity appeared, and posters too often attacked Fish and Game employees by name, and each other in ways that we didn’t think was appropriate for a state agency-sponsored page."

It was also difficult for Fish and Game staff to get answers to many of the questions from readers because they couldn't forward them on to employees with the specific information, he said. F&G can do that on it's website.

The Facebook page was up for about a year, the agency said.

For F&G's website, go HERE

Government that doesn't get it

What an amazing resource if it was used correctly. Too bad.

Truth is hard to come by

Think about it, though...

The concerns seem pretty legitimate. What are they supposed to do, hire more employees at taxpayer expense to wade in to contentious discussions and/or get answers to people who are too lazy to research it on the F&G website? Facebook is a sinkhole for time. (Kinda like these comment boards)...:-)

These boards are 500x better than FACEBOOK

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

kuds

Kudos to F&G.

Govt and social media do not need to cross paths. Esp when FB users are obvoiusly using it inappropriately.

Private company- go for it. Govt- not so much.

Hey, what about other govt agencies that DO use it? Wanna bet there is a lot of waste there just like BB says above...

ACHD

Case in point ACHD has put in quite an effort on their FB page. For the benefit of the 159 people linked to it.

159??? And how many of those are employees of ACHD?

If a $dollar cost amount can't be put to a govt FB page, then it ought not be done. Apply that $ per user.

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City of Boise has 793 "likers" . hoohooo.

Gov Otter 2,183
Idaho DOTransportation 927

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It's not like FB is new. There's a lot of effort being expended for a few users of that stream.

Totally agree...

...I've given up my FB page for my business. A lot of time spent working it (or it working me) and I wasn't getting anything out of it. I went back to direct mail and face-to-face; hour-for-hour, I'm much more productive doing that.

Sounds like the truth has come out...Facebook is $1B failure

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

Radical animal rights filth

What do you expect for state being infested by transplanted radical animal rights filth? It is war with this human sc#m and we need to treat them like the Taliban with no quarter given.Don't believe me how evil this sc#m is read the info from HumaneWatch.You will be amazed.