May 12, 2021

South Carolina: Social Media To Be Banned For State Employees in S.C. While Working

From The State:

Using social media will be banned, starting in July, when state workers will be subject to a new code of conduct.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2015/01/23/3945611_code-of-conduct-for-sc-state-workers.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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The code of conduct will:

Ban the use of social media on state equipment unless it is a part of the employee’s job. “Unless specifically required by the agency to perform a job function, you may not use social media, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, while on duty or through the use of state resources or equipment,” the code says.

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Quick Comment: Banning social media from state computers doesn’t stop employees from accessing it from their mobile devices (which is the way many people use it in the first pace).

Also, defining social media is challenging to say the least. What about the parent who uses Facebook Messenger to hear from their child about arriving home later than expected? What about group text (SMS)? What about posting comments to a newspaper message board?

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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