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Public Records Laws and Social Media Retention in
South Carolina

South Carolina Freedom of Information Act and Social Media

South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (SC FOIA) specifies that public records include all writings made by public bodies regardless of physical form.

Social Media Records Guidelines from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History offers guidance on electronic records retention that covers the application of the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. This valuable resource discusses the intent and application of the law in a very readable and accessible format. An excerpt addressing social media records in South Carolina is below, but the full guidelines can be found here: Electronic Records Retention.

South Carolina Social Media Records Management in Practice

The City of Greenville informs users of their Facebook page that comments may be deleted for reasons clearly outlined by the city. Although not explicitly outlined in the policy, retaining records of deleted posts is advisable to protect the municipality from accusations of First Amendment violations that may arise when comments are deleted.


CivicPlus Social Media Archiving in South Carolina

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