Baltimore Co. Warns Employees to Watch What They Say on Social Media

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Image by Krassotkin, from photos by Gage Skidmore.
Image by Krassotkin, from photos by Gage Skidmore.

Baltimore County is dusting off a “rarely enforced” policy that restricts their employees’ behavior online.

According to reporting in the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore County sent a memo to 8,000 government employees warning them to watch what they say on social media, particularly as the presidential race has inflamed passions on all sides.

The relevant policy forbids government employees from engaging in “brutal or offensive” behavior, whether that be at the workplace, at home, or online. The policy allows employees some room to voice their political opinions on Facebook, but they risk crossing the line if they use violent language or imply that certain county residents wouldn’t receive equal treatment from the government.

Enforcement of the policy is complaint-driven, but the memo promised to take a “zero-tolerance approach” when dealing with policy violations.



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