A newly-elected local politician is under fire over content about President Barack Obama he posted online.
John Bradford was elected to be the new representative for the Kansas House's 40th District. One of his new constituents contacted 41 Action News because she was offended by posts Bradford made public on his Facebook page.
Bradford didn't create any of the posts the viewer brought to our attention. He just shared them from other users on Facebook.
"I don't think I would ever put anything on there that was intentionally offensive to anyone," he said.
One of the posts he is being criticized for is a picture of Obama he shared, which was captioned "Butcher of Benghazi."
Angie Lile, a local social media consultant and owner of LileStyle, said she believes several items Bradford has shared on his Facebook page violates the site's Community Standards, which every user agrees to follow when they sign up.
"I'd say (the picture) definitely violates the malicious and discriminatory rule," she said. "Some of the content he was actually sharing was already on Facebook, so why not share it? But it definitely breaks the rules."
Other content on Bradford's page Lile believes could easily be taken down by Facebook is a picture of a weapon with a caption referencing how many muscles it takes to fire an assault weapon.
Bradford said he wishes those offended by his posts would contact him directly instead of reporting him to Facebook or the media.
"I have friends with varying opinions, but most of my friends generally, generally share my views," he explained.
Liles wants Bradford and others to learn from these posts. She said users should always read the fine print on any social media site. It's your responsibility to understand the rules or you could end up being reported and your account could get shutdown.
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