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Bevin launches new Instagram account to further expand his presence on social media


Gov. Matt Bevin has expanded his social media presence by launching an Instagram account on Wednesday.

“Gov. Bevin will share content with Kentuckians that provides a unique, fresh outlook on his vision for the Commonwealth,” said Communications Director Amanda Stamper. “Followers are going to see a different side of the governor, and this office, as we experiment with the storytelling method of Instagram’s platform.”

Gov. Matt Bevin

The Instagram account joins his Twitter and Facebook accounts in sharing news coming out of the office. Additionally, by utilizing the “Story” feature of Instagram, Bevin will give followers more behind-the-scenes looks and up-to-date news.

Stamper said followers are encouraged to post photos and videos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags #WeAreKY and #KYShines, which in turn the governor may elect to share via his Instagram page.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit on Monday over Bevin’s blocking of Facebook and Twitter users.

The lawsuit asks a judge to declare Bevin’s action a violation of the First Amendment and to prohibit the governor from further blocking.

The suit was filed on behalf of two Kentucky residents who were blocked by Bevin on Facebook and Twitter. The ACLU says more than 600 have been blocked from seeing the governor’s postings.

Stamper said the blocking doesn’t violate free speech rights. Stamper said Bevin blocks users who post “obscene and abusive language or images, or repeated off-topic comments and spam.”

From Kentucky Today


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