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Politics on Facebook, Twitter off limits to state workers

2 years ago Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:17:43 PM CDT September 20, 2012 Thursday, September 20 2012 Sep 20, 2012 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- There's a social media crackdown in some state government offices. Facebook "Likes" and Twitter "Follows" connected to political candidates are off limits to Civil Service Employees.

Leaders say it's an online "bumper sticker" or "yard sign." Many of those are not allowed for workers.

"When we put the restrictions on employees, you know, it protects the employees so they can't be discriminated against based on their political beliefs," said Civil Service Director Shannon Templet.

Not everyone supports that. Including some state workers.

One posted on Facebook: "How is following a candidate and getting updates different than subscribing to the newspaper or watching the news? Are they saying that reading and being informed is a political act?"

Social Media Political Consultant Christi Domingue-Rangel says most of those friends and followers don't necessarily like the candidate.

"People use Facebook and Twitter more for information. It's sort of like going [online] to read the news."

There's no rule banning workers from just viewing pages.

 

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