South Carolina to Bar State Workers From Using Social Media on Official Time Starting in July

Forget about using social media during official work time if you are an employee of the government of South Carolina.

Starting in July, the state’s code of conduct will ban them from using social media on official time, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Apparently the Palmetto State is the first in the nation to have such a rule.

Under the code of conduct, the use of social media on state equipment is banned 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.

There’s an interesting commentary on this development on the Society for Human Resource Management website, where some HR practitioners and attorneys question how the state will enforce this rule.

The new rules are part of a larger code of conduct that South Carolina officials say is meant to instill public confidence in government workers.

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