Aus­tralia Cracks Down on Public Ser­vants’ FB Posts

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Aus­tralian public ser­vants will be barred from crit­i­cis­ing the gov­ern­ment on so­cial me­dia un­der a plan re­vealed on Tues­day. The so­cial me­dia guide­lines of the Aus­tralian Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion were up­dated to en­sure the im­par­tial­ity of public ser­vants in their roles, Xin­hua re­ported. Un­der the new rules, em­ploy­ees could be sanc­tioned for send­ing pri­vate emails crit­i­cal of the gov­ern­ment, lik­ing crit­i­cal so­cial me­dia posts and fail­ing to ex­clude them­selves from posts made by oth­ers about the gov­ern­ment. “If you ‘Like’ some­thing on a so­cial me­dia plat­form, it will gen­er­ally be taken to be an en­dorse­ment of that ma­te­rial as though you’d cre­ated that ma­te­rial your­self,” the up­dated guide­lines said. “Shar­ing a post has much the same ef­fect. IANS

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