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December 31, 2013

DC fire and EMS implements social media restrictions

The new policy intends to limit publishing of inappropriate, confidential or privileged information online

By EMS1 Staff

WASHINGTON — D.C. Fire and EMS is among the first city government agencies to restrict employees’ social media posts.

NBC Washington reported that the new policy intends to limit publishing of inappropriate, confidential or privileged information online. This includes discriminatory remarks, harassment, retaliation, sexual innuendo, threats of violence or similarly unlawful content, according to the report.

Such posts could result in disciplinary actions — including termination.

The policy prohibits sharing information obtained through employment with the department or posting any material that could be seen as malicious, obscene or bullying, according to the report.

Members of the department must specify that their views are their own and not those of the department.

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