Top 10 Primer: Use of Social Media for Local Elected Officials

Do Facebook and Twitter, TikTok and other social media platforms have appropriate places in communications for local elected officials?  What are the Upsides?  What are the Downsides?  What is public? What is private?  How does your use of social media change once the campaign is over and you start governing?  The answer to all these questions can be complicated when the people you communicate with live next door, see you in the grocery store, or know where you have lunch every day.

Adding to the complexity is the ever-present likelihood that some of your “communicators” are bots located anywhere around the globe. The rules and practicalities of social media use for local elected officials can be confusing and confounding.  In this 75-minute class, from 10:00am-11:15am, you’ll learn about some bright lines of good and bad practices we can help you manage, and improve your awareness of some of the murky areas around free speech and consequences that we are monitoring.        

Our faculty expert for this LIVE ON-LINE class is:

  • Shannon Tufts, Professor of Public Law and Government, and Director of the School of Government’s Center for Public Technology  
There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Jessica Khan

Program Manager, Leadership Group
919.966.4246
Shannon Tufts
Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Center for Public Technology
Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance