Councillors from all political parties came together during Barnsley Council’s Full Council meeting on 24 November to pledge their support for No Place for Hate in Barnsley.
The pledge was made during the report asking members to consider the recommendations for the council’s updated social media guidance for employees and elected members.
The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Sarah Jane Tattersall, Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr John Wilson, Leader of the Council (Labour group), Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of the Independent Group, Cllr Andrew Gillis and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Cllr Hannah Kitching signed their collective pledge during the meeting:
“We stand together, pledging to champion No Place for Hate in Barnsley and support our borough to have safe online communities.
“To really make a difference, we need everyone to show a united stance against hate and abuse in our borough. This starts with us.
“We understand that people have differing views on many issues. However, any form of online hate, abuse or bullying is unacceptable on any platform, not just council-owned.
“As part of no place for hate and our updated social media guidance, we’re encouraging everyone to show positive behaviour online and to play their part in developing supportive, inclusive online communities.
“We’re asking you to think before you click post. To consider the effect that your actions could have on others. To challenge or report online abuse when you see it.”
As part of the recommendations to Full Council, we’ve strengthened our social media policy and social media acceptable use policy, and it’s actively enforced across all of our social media channels.
You can pledge your support, find out more about the No Place for Hate campaign and how to report online hate and abuse on our website at barnsley.gov.uk/no-place-for-hate.