SPOKANE-- The Spokane County Board of Commissioners approved a new social media policy for departments and staff to follow on Tuesday.
Agencies like the Sheriff's Office and SCRAPS already had a visible presence on social media.
Leaders with Spokane County said it was clear they needed to create a set of guidelines for various departments and employees.
Timothy O'Brien is the Labor Relations Director who helped to create the policy. "With the explosion of social media, it became painfully aware we needed to address that," said O’Brien.
The policy prohibits county agencies from liking, friending, or following non-governmental agencies on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The policy outlines the importance of protecting free speech. It states that responses must be private or direct and not in a public forum and employees need to treat social media like face to face conversations.
Regardless of what any employee posts, if it isn't related to an official county account, it cannot be done during a work shift and on a county-owned electronic device.