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GSMChat Recap: #SocialMedia employee guidelines in govt: Can they post that?!

Aug 21, 2020

Welcome back for this week’s very important Government Social Media Chat! So… what can govt employees post on social? Let’s help get each other tips & advice on this tough topic.

Let’s get started with our first question of the day…

These socialgov answers are absolutely important to keep in mind when crafting your policies.

This next question is tough: Can a government employee’s posts cross the line? This is what your socialgov peers said.

It’s important to be aware of the First Amendment when you’re creating and enforcing policies. Let’s talk about freedom of speech, protecting language and any language you could include to protect your agency.

For employees, including elected officials, what could be some gray areas to consider when posting on personal profiles?

Socialgov peers brought up really great questions (and helpful advice!) on how to handle these potentially confusing areas:

What’s your best advice for when someone reports an employee’s social post? Most govies were on the same page with this last question of the day on this week’s GSMChat.

We appreciate the socialgov community supporting each other, sharing tips & helpful resources! For a full recap of the Aug. 20, 2020, Government Social Media Chat, you can read through the whole chat on Wakelet.  

Government Social Media Chat is your chance to get advice and ideas from your government social media peers across the U.S. We e-meet on Twitter bi-weekly to unpack social media issues specific to the socialgov community, share thoughts through guided questions and destress together. Search “#GSMChat” on Twitter every other Thursday to join in. 

Best communicate with the public you serve by becoming a part of the free Government Social Media network — only available to full/part-time employees of government or educational institutions. Get access to socialgov-specific resources, like the COVID-19 SocialGov Hub group, and other organized content. Virtually collaborate with each other, share advice, get input, tips & more by joining the Government Social Media network today.


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