Home Office staff ordered to stop posting negative Tweets about US President Donald Trump

Christopher Hope
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Home Office staff and contractors have been warned not to post negative remarks about US President Donald Trump on social media sites like Twitter.

In a memorandum to the department's Digital, Data and Technology unit last week, staff were told to take “a quick look through just a couple of known personal twitter accounts of ... staff members shows that some are not compliant”.

Accounts were found to be “stating that they work for the Home Office, posting HO work, whilst tweeting or retweeting negative posts about, for example, Donald Trump”, according to the email seen by the Register website.

"We need to be careful here and ensure all our staff are following this guidance which reflects the Civil Service Code," it said.

The Home Office said it did not comment on internal correspondence.

A Home Office spokesman added: “Civil servants are all bound by the Civil Service Code which sets out the core values and the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants in and outside of the workplace.

“This includes the need for political impartiality and also applies to the use of social and other digital media.

“We recently updated our guidance on the use of social media by staff to make it clearer and easier to understand.

"This is in line with the Cabinet Office’s guidance and the changes have been communicated to all staff.”

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