P-Noy OKs social media guidelines for gov't employees PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:08

A Palace official on Tuesday said President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has approved the guidelines on the use of social media networks by all government officials and employees.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the guidelines will still be further discussed and the legal aspect of the guideline is still being reviewed. She did not say when it will be released.

“There will be consultations with agencies on how to go about it, but there are approved guidelines on the social networking policy that is to be implemented," she said.

The creation of the social networking guidelines for government officials and employees came after the controversial posts of President Aquino’s speechwriter, Mai Mislang, in her Twitter account regarding their official visit in Vietnam.

Mislang apparently tweeted “the wine sucks”, “crossing the speedy motorcycle-laden streets of Hanoi is one of the easiest ways to die," and “Sorry pero walang pogi dito sa Vietnam”.

Valte said the drafting of guidelines is not tantamount to curtailing freedom of expression of government employees and officials. She said the guidelines only “firm up the directives of the Code of Conduct for Public Officials”.

She said all government employees are advised to be cautious and wary of what they post online.