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Aquino okays new guidelines for using social networking sites 11/10/2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Aquino okays new guidelines for using social networking sites

11/10/2010
All ordinary employees and officials of the government shall have to bear the consequences of the diplomatic blunder committed by President Aquino’s speechwriter as Malacañang yesterday announced that they are no exception to the new guidelines imposed by the Communications Group with respect to the use of social networking sites.

Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte disclosed to reporters that these guidelines have already been approved by the President but they cannot release it in public yet pending the result of the ongoing consultations they have with the other agencies that would look into the legal aspects of such policy citing its possible implications on the people’s right to free expression.

Valte, however, clarified that this new policy neither denies any employee access to these social networking sites, particularly Facebook and Twitter, nor are they being prohibited to say something negative against the government but is merely trying to remind them on “what is acceptable to be said” in the online portal.

“We should all bear in mind that our online persona, especially if one is an employee of the government, (what he or she) says in public is also reflective of the government (he or she works for). So we should just take the necessary caution,” Valte said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20101110nat4.html

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