Kansas City councilmember calls for social media policy clarity

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Northland Councilmember Nathan Willett’s sponsoring a resolution that calls for more clarity in the city’s social media policy.

It comes after the city put on X and then quickly deleted a post about Harrison Butker living in Lee’s Summit, not the city proper.

“I don’t know. I think there should be an investigation and due process for everyone,” Willett said when asked if anyone should be fired over the post.

Willett wants City Manager Brian Platt to provide the city council with an update on the city’s social media account policies with a business session sometime in the next 30 days.

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The post about Butker came after the Chiefs kicker made a graduation speech at Benedictine College that some found offensive to women in the workforce and the LGBTQ community.

“Number one, access, OK? Who has access to social media accounts and the rationale for it in terms of position,” Willett said when asked about his resolution.

He wants a review of protocols to determine communications regarding non-city related issues. He also wants a recommendation on any potential updates to the city’s social media account policies.

“All I understand is the city manager is responsible for our social media accounts… that office,” Willett continued.

City Spokesperson Sherae Honeycutt, who works in Platt’s office, would not make him available for comment. She would not talk to FOX4 on camera, nor would Mayor Quinton Lucas. However, Lucas said in a letter to his colleagues the now deleted post has led to a series of racial slurs and physical threats being directed at black female city workers.

“Online commenters have posted photos of our employees, listed their addresses, used racial and sexist slurs to describe them, and have threatened physical violence. The behavior is intolerable and must be called out and addressed both by city leadership and law enforcement,” part of the letter read.

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“Immediately after learning of threats made to our employees, I have communicated with the Attorney General of Missouri with a demand he stop fanning the flames of hatred, racism, and sexism against our employees. Our administration also has contacted the Kansas City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report threats made to our employees and to ensure the safety of our staff.”

To read the full letter to his colleagues, click here. Mayor Lucas also wrote a letter to Attorney General Andrew Bailey Friday. To see that, click here.

Willett’s resolution is scheduled to be read in front of the Finance, Governance, and Public Safety Committee Tuesday.

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