On February 13, 2018, the United States Office of Special Counsel released updated Hatch Act Guidance on Social Media to “help federal employees understand what the Hatch Act does and does not allow when using social media.”
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With a little over a month left until the election, many government employees are trying to ascertain what they can and can’t do on social media based on the Hatch Act regulations.
Reports emerged today that President Donald Trump’s administration blocked EPA employees from posting on social media or speaking to reporters. A similar ban was reported over the weekend regarding Interior Department staff.
With the announcement Friday that investigators will now comb the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts of security clearance applicants, social media has officially graduated from mere child’s play to a valuable character assessment tool.