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This photo is from the official Williams College Instagram feed.

1) Some of the comments are, uh, less than charitable:

ehanson55: Embarrassing and disappointing content from @williamscollege at this political moment. Whose side are you on?

milesklee: booooooooooo

elspeththemac: As an institution, you must recognize that what you post makes a stand for what you believe in. I realize that you’re trying to support the Williams community (and I love us Ephs!) But this shouldn’t be a catch-all account. By posting a photo with a flag that blatantly reads RIGHT TO PROTECT THE UNBORN, you are no longer simply celebrating the diverse Williams community, but making a stand for pro-birth and inserting yourself into a discussion around reproductive rights – which I’m guessing wasn’t well thought out. In the future, I would recommend that this type of sensitive content stay targeted to more specific audiences like the Williams Catholic group (or not posted at all if Williams doesn’t actually have a firm stance). I would also suggest that Williams reevaluates its digital strategy & mission. Keep celebrating Williams! (But please consider your audience & the responsibilities around running a social community as an institution.)

jocief: ‘13 alum here. Showing students in attendance of an anti-choice rally is not representing “diverse views”, it’s facilitating and supporting an oppressive movement. Disappointing.

2) Kudos to Jim Reische and his team for posting the photo. Their policy is the right policy: If an official Williams student organization participates in an event and sends them a photo, they will post it. Viewpoint neutrality for the win!

3) A different policy would be to not post photos of anything political. That would be defensible, but probably just as annoying for people like ehanson55.

Question for readers: Whose side are you on?

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