The Associated Press is adopting a stringent social-networking policy for its employees, informing them to police their Facebook profiles “to make sure material posted by others doesn’t violate AP standards.”
The policy (.pdf) comes weeks after an AP reporter was reprimanded for posting a comment to his own Facebook profile criticizing the Sacramento-based newspaper chain McClatchy, whose stock has become nearly worthless after a string of costly acquisitions.
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Comment: So AP thinks it can limit its employees’ First Amendment rights when they are on their own time and on their own computers? Isn’t there something hypocritical about a press association that fights for free speech doing this? The workplace has to end somewhere, sometime. People have a right to life outside of work.