“I believe that civility and respect for the opinion of others is essential to the democratic process. I also believe in the Freedom of Speech.
Over the past 24 hours, I became aware of concerns that comments responding to my statement of support for traditional marriage were being deleted from this Facebook page because they disagreed with my stated position.
Our longstanding policy, on this and other social media sites, has been to delete inflammatory comments that include name-calling, vulgarity or comments personally insulting to others. It was my understanding that the comments which were deleted all met this standard.
On careful review, it appear that this was not always the case and some comments were being deleted simply because they expressed disagreement with my position. I regret that this occurred and sincerely apologize to all those who were affected.
I have instructed our staff to review our policy and develop a standard of conduct similar to that of other elected officials and news organizations in the days ahead. We will post that policy prominently on this site.
Hoosiers expect our public debate to be open and respectful and we will ever seek to live up to that standard. In agreement or disagreement, I respect the opinions and the freedoms of all the people of Indiana.”
Governor Mike Pence
Friday, June 28, 2013
Governor Pence Issues Classy Apology for Staff's Deletions of Negative Comments on Facebook
More politicians would be wise to do what Governor Mike Pence does here - admit when you are wrong and apologize. People can be surprisingly forgiving when politicians are willing to admit they are human and make mistakes. Governor Pence initially stumbled in his response to the Facebook deletions, but today he hit the ball out of the park with a classy apology.