Fearing ‘reprisals’, many employees de-activate social media accounts

The government diktat curbing use of social media by its employees forced many employees on Wednesday to de-activate their social media accounts.
Fearing ‘reprisals’, many employees de-activate social media accounts
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The government diktat curbing use of social media by its employees forced many employees on Wednesday to de-activate their social media accounts.

Fear reprisals, several employees deactivated their original accounts and created fake ones while some refrained from writing political posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Several employees however put on a brave face and slammed the government order that asked the employees to refrain from entering into political discussions, or uploading political posts, on the social media sites.

A Facebook user wrote on his timeline: "Take a lot of curd friends. It is very healthy. What else do I post…..? Gosh."

Another user, a government employee, also took to Facebook to write about the gag order.

"Can I discuss politics with my wife; she too is a government employee?" he asked.

A user, who seemed anguished by the government order, wrote some sarcastic questions on his social media account.

"My father is a retired employee, can he use Facebook? I hope the government doesn't stop his pension!"

"The new gag order doesn't talk about liking and commenting on posts. Are we allowed to do it? God! Hope I am not thrown out of my job," another government employee wrote.

On Tuesday, the government issued an order barring its employees from indulging in political discussions or criticising its policies on the social media. The government also cautioned its workforce on updating posts which are "illegal and anti-national."

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