Government Releases Social Media Guidance for Civil Servants

The Cabinet Office has released social media guidelines for civil servants.

The new guidelines will cover the use of social media networks including Twitter and Facebook as well as other digital activities in and out of work.

The purpose of the new guidelines are to encourage and enable civil servants to use social and other digital media appropriately to enhance work - whilst all in accordance to the Civil Service Code.

The document states: "One of the best features of digital media is that it is constantly evolving, so it's important for us to keep on top of trends, be open minded and consider the potential value of new tools and techniques."

Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office said: "Gone forever is a world when an anonymous man in an inaccessible Whitehall office made decisions on behalf of others - new digital technologies help civil servants across the country engage actively with the public.

"It's not rocket science - we must use common sense about everything we publish on digital and social media. Once something has been sent, it's public. Following these guidelines correctly will ensure that your social media activity will enhance your job as a civil servant, while also retaining the highest levels of integrity."

The Foreign Office came under attack a couple of months ago for spending £92,574 on social media training since 2010.

The department claimed the money was spent on training diplomats and staff in using social media in crisis.

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