The City of Edmonds Public Works Twitter account attracted some attention earlier this week when it was discovered that an employee operating the account had accidentally “liked” a well-publicized tweet from President Donald Trump that criticized former FBI Director James Comey as “a slimeball.”
Some local followers of the @edmondspw account pointed out the “like” to Public Works Director Phil Williams, asking whether it was appropriate for a city-sponsored account to take such a position.
In a follow-up tweet on @edmondspw account, Williams stated that a city employee “inadvertently ‘liked’ a tweet from @realDonaldTrump. Our employee was viewing a Google page with a Twitter page embedded in it (and) mistakenly liked it while scrolling the page.”
The city’s IT staff has reviewed the incident and “guidance will be sent to all employees about avoiding this problem in the future,” Williams said in a follow-up tweet. “The City has a social media policy that clearly prohibits political statements on City-sponsored sites.”
“We apologize for any misunderstanding this may have caused,” Williams said on Twitter.
Responding by email after the incident, Williams said he was glad that the department was able to figure out how the mistake occurred “and that it was not more nefarious like a hack of our Twitter account or a deliberate violation of our Social Media Policy.”