Do municipal Facebook pages and comments count as public records?

Social media pages like Facebook can be a valuable tool for municipalities or police departments in reaching its citizens, however, public entities should keep an eye on proper record keeping, experts said.

Public records, whether digital or not, must be retained for specific time periods so that the information can be requested through the Open Public Records Act.

"If a record is created by a government agency or a government agent or a government official in a scope of his or her duties, it's government record," said John Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project. "It has to be disclosed." Continue>>>