WaPo’s Emily Heil gave Diplopundit a walk-on part in today’s In the Loop.
The State Department is considering instituting an extreme version of the famous 7-second delay used to keep profanity off live TV.
The department is rewriting its rules on social media, blogging, speeches and other appearances by employees, suggesting that officials get a full two days to review an employee’s proposed tweets and five days to give a yea or nay to a blog post, speech, or remarks prepared for a live event, according to the blog Diplopundit.
State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner tells the Loop the still-in-the-works changes are merely updates “to recognize the dynamic and decentralized nature of the 21st century information environment.”
We know agency budgets are tight all around, but it sounds like the State Department better spring for some extra red pens.
Read in full here.
Also see Life After Jerusalem: New Rules on the Use of Media: going back to “people to bureaucracy to people”
Just to be sure, this is in reference to the — okay, “still-in-the works” changes of 3 FAM 4170 and not/not 5 FAM 790 released in 2010 which set the rules for the use of social media by State Department employees.
We’ve asked if these new changes have any bearing on spouses and partners of State employees but have not heard anything back.
As mentioned in this blog before, among the listed authorities of 5 FAM 790 is 3 FAM 4125, Outside Employment and Activities by Spouses and Family Members Abroad.(pdf) The regs say “Family members of Department personnel working abroad who create and/or use social media cites must adhere to the policies contained in 3 FAM 4125.”
That section of course, is like Mars, without the rover.
- State Dept to Rewrite Media Engagement Rules for Employees in Wake of Van Buren Affair (diplopundit.net)
- After a Year of Serious Roars and Growls, State Dept Officially Retires FSO-Non Grata (wemeantwell.com)
- InTTENSITY Social Media Command Center™ Chosen for State Department Project (prweb.com)
Couldn’t agree more – after yesterday, I took the time to re-read all of these policies and lack of clarity is not the only thing that comes to mind…