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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley continues to take heat for her controversial policy of deleting negative Facebook comments – and then banning the users who make them.

Reported exclusively by FITS earlier this month, the story of Haley’s Facebook pettiness quickly hit the mainstream media. Now it’s seeping over into the editorial realm, as evidenced by a recent op-ed article published in The Anderson Independent-Mail.

“What’s pretty clear about the self-proclaimed queen of transparency is that she doesn’t like it when people disagree with her,” the Independent-Mail‘s editorial board notes.

Like us, the paper isn’t disputing Haley’s right to do as she pleases with her own Facebook page – it’s just drawing attention to the governor’s hypocrisy.

“If she is going to use the account ‘to speak out on issues and against her rivals,’ as The Post and Courier phrases it, Haley should give her fans the same consideration,” the editorial notes. “Better that she address their concerns or questions than ban questions or concerns from being aired.”

Indeed …

That’s the true lesson of the Nikki Haley Facebook “scandal.” It’s yet another indication of the governor’s immaturity and inability to handle criticism.

Haley is no stranger to controversy on social media.

For example, her late-night Facebook entry attacking a local television station prompted a major brou-ha-ha last February. More recently, she engaged in a heated debate with a State Senator over the Boeing-National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) dispute – although the exchange occurred while Haley was posting messages as her husband, Michael Haley.

As we’ve previously noted, “Haley’s Facebook page is hers to do with as she pleases … we’re much more concerned with her efforts to destroy public records that incriminate her.”

Facebook Friends and Foes (Anderson Independent-Mail)

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