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Liverpool John Moores University has apologised for asking staff to check with its communications team before using institutional social media accounts to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.The email, sent by head of corporate communications Ben Jones to LJMU social media account holders, urged “caution” when it came to liking, sharing or retweeting when attempting to engage with or show support for issues related to Black Lives Matter and slavery commemorations.
“The university through its main accounts is doing that, with the agreement and sign-off [of] the [vice-chancellor] and others…If you feel you want or need to engage in any way on these issues, please check that with me first,” the email said.
Times Higher Education understands that a number of staff were angered and upset by what they saw as an act of censorship.
In response, Mr Jones sent a subsequent email apologising for the “pain, concern and anger” he had caused.
“I know that my email has been interpreted as an attempt to gag or censor comments from LJMU staff on the issue of Black Lives Matter. The fact that my intention in sending this email about LJMU accounts was in no way to …
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