BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Fire Department is rewriting its social media guidelines, and the city's police force is also working on a policy.
The Baltimore Sun reports (http://tinyurl.com/cceae3w ) that the move is in response to management concerns that firefighters and officers have posted inappropriate, sensitive or inaccurate information on social media networks, particularly Twitter.
Fire Chief James C. Clack says the department wants staff to know what types of messages are considered acceptable, though some rank-and-file firefighters say they're concerned the policy affects their right to speak their minds. Some firefighters have complained on Twitter about the city's decision to close three fire companies for budgetary reasons.
A Baltimore police spokesman complained to fire officials over what he said were inappropriate and improper postings sent from a battalion chief's Twitter account.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com
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