Bored Council Workers Are Flouting Porn and Social Media Rules

By Gary Cutlack on at

The temptations of being stuck on a computer while doing a boring job were too much fgor some council workers last year, with a series of Freedom of Information requests revealing that 51 council employees were suspended for breaking social media rules -- and 11 earned a suspension for looking at porn.

The numbers were assembled for a report by researchers for BBC Radio 5 live, who found that "more than" 51 council workers were suspended for breaking social media rules last year. The data doesn't show how many were or were not subsequently sacked for doing too much personal tweeting on work time, though.

When it comes to harder material than the odd Kardashian side-boob, they found that  11 council workers were suspended for viewing online porn last year. Given how many people sharpen pencils on behalf of Her Majesty across the country, that's an incredibly small proportion. We either tend to stick to the rules, are good at breaking them, or everyone turns a blind eye to the IT department's monitoring reports.

The data threw up some interesting stuff, revealing that East Riding of Yorkshire Council suspended two teachers for befriending pupils on Facebook, East Renfrewshire Council suspended a worker for "inappropriate" use of its Twitter account, and Cheshire West and Chester Council suspended a man for posting "rude messages about the public" on Facebook while at work. [BBC]


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