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Albuquerque Weighs Social Media Rules For Workers

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque is considering a new social media policy that would impose restrictions on online activity of employees even when they’re not working.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that one provision says city employees, volunteers and other city representatives must “share only personal and non-work related opinions and information” if they use social media personally.

Another prohibits “insulting, abusive or offensive communications” regardless of whether the person is on or off duty.

According to Human Resources Director Vincent Yermal, Albuquerque doesn’t want to police what people say on Facebook. Yermal says the city wants to ensure that its personnel aren’t sexually harassing others or violating other common-sense standards.

Union representatives say the proposal is too broad, and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says is unconstitutionally vague.

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