05 December 2011

Apple's internal employee social media policies leaked

Only days after an Apple employee lost his appeal over company rants on a social media platform, the guidelines were subsequently leaked to the media.

After sacking one of its employees over a series of Facebook rants, Apple made it clear that the employee in question was acted in “gross misconduct” and against its internal social media policy.

Perhaps embarrassingly for Apple, the company’s policies on social networking and blogging were leaked during the week, which ironically state how its employees should conduct themselves as to not leak data.

Apple’s regulations include separate guidelines for social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn. They cover confidentially, customer privacy and rumour commentary in depth; with distinct guidelines of conduct over email and media platforms.

In general, what employees do in their own time is their choice, but Apple states in its guides that:

“The lines between public and private, and personal and professional are blurred in online social networks. Respect your audience and your co-workers. This includes not only the obvious (no ethnic slurs, personal insults, obscenity, etc.) but also topics that may be considered offensive or inflammatory. In sum, use your best judgment.”

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