Public officials' social media retention policies

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Alexandria Police Department of Alexandria, VA.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

- Absolutely any and all policies and procedures related to the use and retention of postings, comments, and direct messages by any social media page officially associated with this agency or a public official in its employ

- Absolutely any and all policies related to the retention of public officials' social media content related to public government business. Please include any such policies for Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, or any other social media platforms, including policies related to the retention of comments and reactions to posts, as well as direct messages and private conversations related to official business.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

Please note that although I'm making this request using a website based in Massachusetts, I myself am a resident of Virginia.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Please note that although this request is being made by a Massachusetts based website, it is being filed via MuckRock Virginia, LLC., which maintains an address at PO Box 42203, Richmond, VA 23224.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


MuckRock Virginia, LLC

From: Alexandria Police Department

Good afternoon,

Please be advised all public records shall be open to citizens of the Commonwealth, representatives of newspapers and magazines with circulation in the Commonwealth, and representatives of radio and television stations broadcasting in or into the Commonwealth during the regular office hours of the custodian of such records.
Please provide your name and residential address to process the FOIA.

Harold Washington
Law Clerk/ FOIA Admin
City of Alexandria
301 King St, Suite 1300
Alexandria, Virginia 22314