UK Home Office warns staff not to tweet anti-Trump comments

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Home Office staff have been warned not to post negative comments about Donald Trump on social media.

Staff and contractors working at the department’s digital data and technology unit were told last week that some of their Twitter comments were not compliant with the Home Office social media guidelines.

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According to an email obtained by The Register, staff were told “a quick look through just a couple of known personal twitter accounts of DDaT staff members shows that some are not compliant.”

Accounts are “stating that they work for the Home Office, posting HO work, whilst tweeting or retweeting negative posts about, for example, [US President] Donald Trump,” it said

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

Staff were also reminded that the Home Office’s social media guidance had been updated and that they, as well as temporary employees and contractors, must observe the rules on not sharing information about the work of the department or saying they work for the Home Office on personal accounts.

A spokesperson for the Home Office told The Daily Telegraph that they were not at liberty to discuss internal communication. They said: “This includes the need for political impartiality and also applies to the use of social 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 guidelines and the changes have been communicated to all staff.”