Butts County uses a variety of social media sites to help disseminate news and information about the County Government, local news, events, emergency information and other items that citizens may find of interest about our community. Social Media is managed by the Butts County Office of Government Relations under the Butts County Clerk’s Office and its employees. Your use of our social media sites indicates acceptance of our policies governing the use of these sites. We moderate all responses to social media postings and will remove any responses that are offensive or abusive as well as any statements made that are untruthful, misleading or have no basis in fact. We additionally reserve the right to remove comments that are off-topic or which attempt to appropriate a social media post for purposes of making statements not relevant to the topic. Depending on the severity of the offense, a user may have privileges revoked or be banned from further use of the social media site or sites.
Under the State of Georgia Retention Schedules for State Government Paper and Electronic Records, social media posts and comments made to posts are classified as “Transitory” which is defined as “Messages of short-term interest with no documentary or evidential value; examples – routine requests for publications; transmittal letters; agency event notices (holidays, events, road closings, meeting notices, weather notices, death notices and other posts that are intended only to be informative in nature to the public). Unless otherwise determined, the useful retention period of these records is 3 months. Social media posts that provide information that is only relevant at the time of its posting, such as weather notices, daily statistics and reports, the intent of which is to inform the public of information that will quickly be rendered obsolete by the passage of hours or days, shall only be required to be retained for the duration of time that such information is deemed relevant and accurate.
For the benefit of the public, we utilize the following social media:
The official Butts County Georgia Facebook page is used to post notices regarding County events, office closings for holidays, news releases and emergency weather information. Because Facebook utilizes internal systems that selectively display posts to a portion of a page’s subscribers, there is always the possibility that some subscribers will not see all posts to the County Facebook page. It should be understood that users should not rely solely on Facebook to receive critical information. Interested users should manually go to the page when they want to see if updates have been posted or make sure their settings will allow for them to see as much page content as possible displayed on their timeline. The County does not allow followers to create posts to the County Facebook page. Followers may comment on posts but these posts will not be publicly displayed unless cleared by one of the account moderators. Comments may still be visible to friends of the person posting. Comments made on posts that are based on rumor, speculation or otherwise not based in fact may be permanently held in moderation or removed from the page. Comments which attack individuals or which make libelous comments will result in deletion and being banned from further use of the page. This is to protect the integrity of the page as well as to protect subscribers from potential exposure to objectionable material, potentially infected links or furthering the spread of misinformation. Additionally, some County departments have their own individual Facebook pages. These pages may provide more specific information related to events and activities within their departments. These Facebook pages are governed by these policies as well and include:
- Butts County Clerk’s Office
- Department of Leisure Services
- Butts County Fire Department
- Butts County Office of Homeland Security
- Butts County Clerk’s Office (@ButtsCoClerk)
- Butts County Fire Department (@ButtsCoFireDept)
- Butts County Office of Homeland Security (@ButtsOHSEMA)
- Butts County Parks/Leisure Services (@ButtsCoParks)
For more information, contact the Clerk of Butts County, who also serves as the Public Affairs Officer for the County. This office can be reached at 770-775-8200