Thursday, 22 September 2011
Where did our Facebook page go? The answer!
Dear Professor Hastings
I was disappointed to see that the Facebook page discussing Philip Morris's FOI request to your University has been withdrawn.
It is very rare to get any discussion on tobacco control with key figures in the movement such as yourself and Simon Chapman. I would hope to see the page restored, and that similar opportunities will occur in the future.
The answer (after an automatic email announcing that Professor Hastings was on study leave):
Thanks for your comments. We agree that the site provided a valuable opportunity for people to express their opinions and discuss this matter. The page was designed as a poll to provide a quick snapshot of public opinion. And in two weeks served that purpose very well indeed. 412 people voted: 352 were 'Against' handing over the data. 51 were 'For' and 9 maybes.
Our intention is to re-launch with a mandate for longer term engagement and discussion about this important issue.
Will keep you posted.
Did they actually read the comments? Or just look at the poll?