Bad ideas - and perhaps a few good ones - thrive on the Internet.
Officials in the local government of South Pittsburg, TN are learning the hard way.
Earlier this month, for reasons as yet unknown, the town's elected folks voted to "ban" negative comments on social media about the town, applicable to "all city elected representatives, appointed board members, employees, volunteers, vendors, contractors and anyone associated with the town in an official capacity who uses social networks."
Cue the avalanche of negative (if hilarious) comments.
"Guess we need to change the welcome sign..to say the first Communist town in the south," wrote one resident."
Fake social media accounts for Mayor Jane Dawkins (@NotJaneDawkins) have been created by one Reddit user, and another for Commissioner Jeff Powers. Hilarity and parody flow.