The Anchorage Police Department is in the process of unblocking several Twitter users who have not been able to see the department's public safety tweets and reviewing its accounts on other social media platforms for similar instances of "legacy oversight."  

On Saturday, Dec. 7, Jackson Winnie tweeted a screenshot showing he had been blocked from APD's official Twitter account, @APDinfo

Tuesday, KTVA reached out to APD to ask about the blocked user and the department's social media policy. 

"Thank you for bringing this to our attention," deputy communications director Kendra Doshier wrote in an emailed response. "We were unaware that we had any Twitter accounts blocked from our page; not catching any legacy blocks from the APD account is an oversight on our part and we apologize to anyone who was previously blocked." 

Doshier said she has identified 26 Twitter accounts that were blocked by @APDinfo and that the current communications team does not know why those users were blocked. 

"We are in the process of unblocking those users and looking into why that occurred. As a result of your inquiry, we are double checking our other social media platforms for legacy oversight," Doshier said. 

Tuesday afternoon, Jackson Winnie confirmed he had been unblocked. 

He said he was unsure when he was blocked, but remembers being at odds with the municipality's decision to shut off the public's access to police scanner traffic.

"That's the only thing I can think of," he said, adding, "I have a lot of respect for law enforcement."

APD's terms of use policy posted on the municipal website only addresses Facebook. Doshier said the department is currently working on updating the policy to include its terms for Twitter and Instagram.  

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