The Town of Wasaga Beach is temporarily banning comments on its social media platforms.
In a video posted on the city’s Facebook page, Mayor Nina Bifolchi explained that moderation of comments has become too time-consuming. âA small group of employees prepare content for the city’s webpage and social media pages and monitor comments to ensure they are following the posting rules,â she said. âUnfortunately, a small handful of people in our community are using the city’s social media platform to spread their hateful lies and bullying behavior.â
âWhen their lies and their hatred are not allowed. They claim censorship. Toxic people love to play victim. Distorting the facts to meet their needs and narcissistic ways keeps staff busy monitoring the city’s social media platform, depriving them of other productive activities, âBifolchi added.
Although the city says the move is temporary, it will continue to share information online as it has been.
âThis is not a difference of opinion or views against the city. It’s not about the city trying to control the narrative. These are a small handful of people who spread lies, twist the facts, harass and play the victim when called upon to do so. In the small group, you will not be given a platform to express your hatred and your lies, âshe said.
âTo those who have obeyed the city’s social media rules and shared your views in a respectful manner, even when it was an opposing view. Thank you. We are always open to hearing differing opinions. We simply will not tolerate inappropriate behavior that disrespects council members, city employees and our community, âMayor Bifolchi concluded.
Bifolchi urges everyone to share their ideas with staff and board by phone or email, and reminds everyone that board meetings are available live and on YouTube.