Policy Social Media Policy

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4. Application of this policy

All employees, whether Authorised Users or not, are required to adhere to this policy and guidance which forms part of the policy even when they are using social media for personal use. Employees should note that any breaches of the policy and guidance, for example, bullying of colleagues or social media activity causing serious damage to the organisation, may constitute gross misconduct and lead to summary dismissal. 

If you discover defamatory, confidential, obscene or otherwise unlawful material that you consider affects the Council or any of its employees (whether in a public forum or via direct message) you should draw it to the attention of the Communications Team immediately. You must take their advice [and that of the legal team where necessary] before taking any action on the social media site in question.