Ban on the use of social media in modern times

Monday, October 18, 2021

Government employees should be trained on the use of social media before making such decisions. Tell them when, how, and why to use social media.


On August 5, 2019, when India ended the semi-autonomy of its administered Kashmir and declared the region an area administered by two separate centers, it was agreed to attend a seminar in this regard in Islamabad. The seminar slammed India's RSS ideology and condemned the Modi government's unilateral decision and called on the international community to take notice of India's move. Brand speaker Shirin Mazari slammed the Foreign Office.


He said that in this modern age when diplomatic staff from all over the world make full use of the internet and various platforms for their own purposes but Pakistani diplomatic staff is not doing so.


Diplomatic staff around the world use state-of-the-art technology to spread their message around the world and convey their message to the people. Two years later, it is not known how much importance was given to Mazari's words, but the government has banned government employees from using Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram.


By the way, the government may not know about telegram and signal apps because telegram or signal is not used for 'sensitive' information exchange nowadays. According to the government, all government employees have been banned from using social media to prevent them from providing sensitive government information and documents to unrelated people, which I mean the media.


Long-winded laws have been cited and it has been said that these laws prohibit government employees from making any statements or opinions. Employees' statements or opinions can bring the government into disrepute. Sharing official information or documents with a person or media is prohibited.


At the same time, it has been said that violation of one or more instructions would be tantamount to dishonesty and disciplinary action would be taken. However, the government notification said that government employees are not being prevented or discouraged from using constructive and positive social media.


On the other hand, the guidelines issued by the UK for its public servants state that in this age of digital technology, communication has revolutionized locally, nationally, and internationally, and the changes it has brought to public servants. Must be compatible with so that they can work effectively in this modern age. The British government did not ban or ban any government employee from using social media but warned them that all government employees are bound by the Civil Service Code.


What guidelines did the British government give its government employees to use social media?


Four emphasis

  1. Use social media with respect to the Civil Service Code, whether it is being used publicly or privately.
  2. If there is any doubt while posting whether this post is in accordance with the rules or not, do not post.
  3. Make sure the information in the post is accurate, ie if there is no cloud burst, do not write cloud burst until it is confirmed.
  4. Keep in mind that it is very difficult to remove and permanently delete whatever you post.
  5. If sensitive information is exchanged, action must be taken, but in this modern age, information remains information as long as its delivery is immediate.


Social media plays an important role in instant delivery and banning it is tantamount to blocking information. Prior to such decisions, government employees should be trained on the use of social media. Tell them when, how, and why to use social media. How to write for social media.

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