Baltimore Fire Department Implements Strict Social Media Policy

The new policy is drawing criticism that the department is trampling on First Amendment rights


 
 

Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | | Friday, November 2, 2012


BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Baltimore Fire Department has implemented a strict new social media policy for what firefighters can post on Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs — drawing criticism that the department is trampling on First Amendment rights.

Under the policy, department personnel can be reprimanded for anything they write online about their jobs that doesn't adhere to conduct rules, which require "good judgment" and "courtesy and respect to the public and to fellow employees." The policy also restricts them from sharing information about fire scenes.

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