Malacañang Issues Social Media Guidelines

Update: The social media guidelines have been issued. A palace official said the document was already circulated among the staff of the presidential communications group and other agencies. No copy was made available on the internet yet.

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Malacañang is set to release the guidelines for the responsible use of social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, among government employees.

The guidelines, according to deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, is “based on the existing code of conduct for public officials and employees.”

In a media briefing Tuesday, Valte pointed out that it will not be released “pending consultation with various government agencies including the Civil Service Commission.”

Valte said the consultation process “will look into the legal aspect on the implementation of the guidelines to ensure that the rights of government workers such as their freedom of expression are not violated.”

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This measure from the palace stemmed from the controversial “the wine sucks” tweet by assistant secretary Mai Mislang last October 26 [read the full post] while attending a banquet hosted by Vietnam's premier Nguyen Minh Triet in Hanoi.

As our social responsibility and for the purpose of information dissemination, expect us to report the Social Media Guidelines for Government Employees upon availability.

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Update, December 9, 2010: Malacanang issues social media guidelines. Read the full report here.