Switzerland bans civil servants from using Facebook

11th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Facebook is now off limits for Swiss Government employees, after they failed to reduce time spent on the social networking site.

Geneva – The Swiss government has banned its employees from using Facebook after failed appeals for them to reduce time spent on the social networking site, a statement said on Thursday.

"Workers who need to access the social network for professional reasons can request a special dispensation," said a statement from the federal government.

Of the government's seven ministries, only the foreign ministry will still allow employees to access the site once the ban comes in next week.

Government workers were asked in May to "show moderation in private use of the Internet, notably of Facebook," the statement said. Such use did decrease slightly, but Facebook remained one of the four most popular sites.

AFP / Expatica

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