Alabama Department of Public Health Silences Social Media Comments

Alabama Department of Public Health Chief Dr. Scott Harris is shown in a file photo taken in Montgomery, Alabama on August 12, 2021 (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)

A recent social media post from Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced that the agency will begin disabling all comments on its social media posts starting Oct. 3.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has published on several social media sites, “Beginning Monday, October 3, 2022, the Alabama Department of Public Health will disable commenting on all posts. This will be in effect until further notice. We have come to this decision after a review attentive to the general nature of the comments and conversations often generated on our social media accounts. ADPH’s mission and purpose is to promote, protect, and improve the health of Alabama, and we believe this decision will enable us to better fulfill this mission.

The message continued: “As always, we invite everyone to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via direct message on any of our social media accounts, the email addresses provided at alabamapublichealth.govor by phone.

The ADHP is the primary public health agency for the state of Alabama. According to them website, Alabama’s medical leaders advocated constitutional authority to oversee public health matters more than 140 years ago. The purpose of the authority was “to develop a system of hygiene to preserve and prolong life, to plan a program of education for all in the rules which govern healthy existence, and to determine a means of applying the laws sanitary facilities for the well-being of all”. people.”

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