Bangladesh warns civil servants against ‘inappropriate’ social media behaviour

The government has instructed public servants not to upload, share, comment on or react to social media posts, including image, audio or video, with ‘damaging’ messages on any state or its important persons.

Published : 7 May 2020, 03:08 PM
Updated : 9 May 2020, 02:51 PM

They will face legal action if they abuse social media or post damaging contents, the public administration ministry said in a circular on the guidelines on use of social media by government employees on Thursday amid the coronavirus outbreak.

They will be personally held responsible and face legal proceedings also for publishing information that can hurt national unity and spirit or religious sentiments on social media.

The government asked the public servants not to upload posts belittling other services or professions or nationally important persons.

They cannot publish information that can stir debates on gender inequality or create anger among people.

Publication of baseless, false, obscene information is forbidden, according to the circular.

It also asked the public servants to be careful about selecting friends on social media and to use caution when tagging people.