27 November 2012 - 8:07am | posted by | 2 comments

BBC dismisses two members of staff for ‘misusing’ social media

BBC dismisses two members of staff for ‘misusing’ social mediaBBC dismisses two members of staff for ‘misusing’ social media

The BBC has reportedly sacked two members of staff over the misuse of their social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, a move which came to light following a freedom of information request from Parliament Street, a right-wing think tank.

It is thought the ultimate sanction was brought to bear before the current self-imposed moratorium on staff tweets and status updates was imposed by the organisations acting director of news, Fran Unsworth, in the wake of the Savile and Newsnight fiasco's.

A further two employees have also been disciplined for social media abuse but the BBC refused to comment on any of the cases.

Steven George-Hilley, director of Parliament Street, said organisations should train staff needed to be trained so as not to use social media as a platform to air grievances. He said: “Misuse of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook by employees can compromise the integrity of publicly funded organisations and trigger long-term reputational damage.

“Simply writing up an acceptable use rulebook is not enough, it’s vital that staff are trained to fully understand the consequences of their actions to prevent these incidents from occurring in the first place.”


27 Nov 2012 - 09:45

I suppose the problem is that people expect BBC bosses to be nice. Like your Auntie. And we think that we 'the public' (which includes ordinary BBC employees) should have a say in the running/ethos of the place. Where as they're just normal bosses & if you annoy them, & make unwelcome suggestions/criticisms, they will sack you... The staff are safer away from social media. Or blog anonymously!

28 Nov 2012 - 14:27
kashk26353's picture

There is not enough social media training done by the BBC or any business for that matter. AUPs (acceptable use policies) are mostly ignored or skim read so people don't fully absorb the information they need. From one perspective Steven George-Hilley is right to criticise this in his comments but do the Parliament Street group have any other detail about the BBC approach this? Otherwise we do not know if there is any futher training


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