Civil service has warned that they are watching the social networking sites on tweets and status about them. They have said to think facebook and twitter as a public forum. That you should not be making personal attacks online.

In July last year, Mark Upton was dismissed from his £70,000 job in the Department for Communities and Local Government after mocking ministers via an anonymous Twitter account called the Naked Civil Servant.

Civil servants are also warned that social media can shadow the boundaries between personal and professional lives. The guidance says “take care about commenting on government policies and practices, above all those which your own Ministers are responsible for. Avoid commenting altogether on contentious issues affecting the liability of your own Ministers, and avoid personal attacks.”


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