Political Facebook page raises eyebrows at COC

by Jose Franco 978 views1

The Facebook page “College of the Canyons Students, Faculty and Parents for Yes on 30 & No on 32” uses a photo of the Performing Arts Center without College of the Canyons’ permission.

As the political campaign season begins to ratchet up, more groups will be looking to spread their message any way they can. One of the easiest ways is to create a Facebook page.

But what happens when one group creates a Facebook page on behalf of College of the Canyons students, faculty and parents without the college’s permission? The California Nurses Association Political Action Committee may soon find out.

The issue, according to the college, is that the “College of the Canyons Students, Faculty and Parents for Yes on 30 & No on 32” page uses a photo of the Performing Arts Center as its cover photo – the large banner photo at the top of most Facebook pages – without the school’s permission.

“At no time did College of the Canyons assist in the creation of this page, provide resources for its creation, or give permission for photos of the college to be used in this manner,” COC Public Information Officer Bruce Battle said in an email Friday.

There are also ads appearing on Facebook from the group, which COC argues, would lead some to believe that the college supports the Nurses Association position. Legally, the college is not allowed to take a stand on any state proposition.

Cougar News found similar pages for other public schools including UCLA and Cal State Los Angeles among others.

Battle also said that COC is exploring legal options to have the page removed.

Proposition 30, is a ballot initiative that would allocate revenues from temporary tax increases towards K-12 schools and community colleges.

Proposition 32, would prohibit unions from using payroll deducted funds for political purposes and also prohibits unions and corporations from contributing directly to candidates or candidate controlled committees.

Cougar News was unable to reach the California Nurses Association Political Action Committee for comment.

Comments (1)

  1. Using the College’s name without permission might be illegal but the photo is taken from the street ( public) no law against that. Or was it taken by someone else and used without permission? This would be copyright violation.

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