Blocking people's ability to provide feedback through a social media tool that you're promoting to use for this purpose, while also reducing opportunities for public engagement at the same time, is not Open Government. It's the opposite and its not acceptable in Canada's capital in the 21st Century.
I'm really surprised Watson's communications team would not see the downfall to applying 20th C. PR tactics to a 21st C. communications technology. Ie. controlling the message from beginning to end is no longer possible with social media because the hypocrisy is obvious to all those who use it.
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Great letter Mitch. Thanks for sharing!