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Social Media Guidelines Rule No. 3

Another new social guideline rule adopted by Kootenai County — No. 3 (of 16):

Employees are cautioned that speech, whether on or off duty, made pursuant to their official duties is not protected speech under the First Amendment and may form the basis for discipline if deemed detrimental to the County. Employees should assume that their speech and related activity on social media sites will reflect upon the County.

Question: Doesn't the highlighted sentence above sort of undercut the policy premise that the county “respects the right of employees to write blogs and use social networking sites”? (BTW, I wonder if the county knows the difference between writing “blogs” and posting comments on a blog?)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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