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Civil Servants in UK Denied Facebook Access While at Work

Civil servants in the UK are not allowed to access social media websites like Facebook in office, except from official work.

According to Press Association (opens in new tab), workers at the Department for Work and Pensions are only allowed to access certain social media websites like LinkedIn and Twitter while in office and that to for work reasons.

The revelation comes after a recent survey found that a third of businesses in the UK had banned their workers from using Facebook.

“The department recognises social media is a valuable tool for engaging with jobseekers and partners. All staff have access to LinkedIn and Twitter for business use and the department actively uses social networking to communicate with customers" said UK employment minister Chris Grayling.

“Access to some internet sites from departmental computers is restricted or blocked. This includes Facebook." he added.

He also informed that even though Facebook was banned, people from the communication department were allowed to access it for interacting with the masses and job seekers.

The minister, who revealed the information after a written request was filed by East Dunbartonshire Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson in the Parliament, failed to inform how workers’ online activity was monitored by the department.

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