11 February 2012 - 11:21am | posted by | 0 comments

Argyle & Bute media chief suspended over Facebook ‘spy account’

Argyle & Bute media chief suspended over Facebook ‘spy account’Argyle & Bute media chief suspended over Facebook ‘spy account’

A communications manager working for Argyll and Bute council has been suspended following claims that they activated fake social media accounts to monitor opposition groups.

Jo Smith made the admission, which she later denied, at a social media event in Glasgow, claiming that she had set up so called ‘spy accounts’ on both Facebook and Twitter.

Smith’s suspension pends a full investigation into the affair after local MSPs, including Education Secretary Michael Russell, reacted furiously to the news.

In a letter to the council leader Russell wrote: “I cannot remember being as angry. The thought that my constituents have been 'spied on' by a senior member of your staff is truly outrageous. And when I consider the likelihood that I was one of these people, then words almost fail me.”

Smith faces disciplinary action if found guilty.

Be the first to comment on this article: sign in or register.

Latest Projects from the Profile Hub

The Drum Election Podcast Features Cult LDN

24/04/2015
Our agency co-founder Cat Turner has a seat on The Drum's...

Running Stock Photography

24/04/2015
A shot from a recent stock shoot in North Wales.

E-Commerce website for Attends

23/04/2015
As a global organisation, Attends required a best-in-class...

Making Great Strides With Social and PPC

22/04/2015
Sleeping Giant Media works with Nova to increase the...

HEINEKEN UK

22/04/2015
Our comprehensive technical expertise has been instrumental...