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Horn Lake, MS implements social media policy for city employees

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HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - A North Mississippi town is implementing new rules for city employees that post messages on social networking websites at work.

The City of Horn Lake, Mississippi uses social networking sites such as Facebook to communicate with citizens.

"It's just an open line of communication," said Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker.

Baker said guidelines had to be set.  The new, six-page social media policy went home to all 235 city employees.

"When they're here, they need to be working and not worrying about MySpace and Facebook and all that stuff," said Baker.

The policy states social media is to be used only for government interests and to enhance communications with citizens.  It also keeps employees from posting anything negative about the city.

"Everyone has the right to their own opinions," said Baker, "but all this policy regulates is while they're on city time."

While at work and online, employees cannot use profanity, be discriminative or post sexual content.

Baker said this is not an attempt to get into employees' personal lives.

"I'm a firm believer in go through this life and do what you want as long as it's not illegal," said Baker.

The city has never had a social media policy, but Baker said it is best for everyone.

"Protect our city, protect our employees," said Baker.  "That's what it's all about."

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