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Eleven work and pensions civil servants sacked for using Twitter or Facebook

Eleven work and pensions civil servants sacked for using Twitter or Facebook

Eleven civil servants at Iain Duncan Smith‘s department for work and pensions have been sacked for using Twitter or Facebook.

The 11 sacked officials are among 116 DWP employees to have faced disciplinary action for blogging and social networking since January 2009, according to figures revealed under the Freedom of Information Act.

Of these 116, 34 were given a final written warning, 35 received a written warning and 36 were reprimanded orally for their use of social media.

The DWP said use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites was “completely restricted” for most of its workers. The only employees allowed to use the sites are those who have a “genuine requirement for access”. The department’s official Twitter account is run by the DWP press office. Read more.

Josh Halliday | The Guardian | 9th January 2013

Website publishes names of licensed NYC gun owners

Gawker, a Manhattan-based gossip site, has posted a searchable list of licensed gun owners in New York City, following a move last month by a newspaper in nearby Westchester County to publish a map of pistol permit holders.

The information was obtained from the New York Police Department via a Freedom of Information Law request in 2009, Gawker writer John Cook said Tuesday in a posting on the blog, which is owned by Gawker Media. The 446-page list dates from 2 1/2 years ago and contains names but not addresses.

The move thrusts Gawker into a growing debate over gun control and the privacy rights of firearms owners, sparked by the shooting deaths of 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14. Read more.

Arizona Daily Star | 10th January 2013

The two sides of Marilyn Monroe

Almost exactly 60 years ago arch-sexist Hugh Hefner launched Playboy magazine.

When it came to choosing the cover girl and first centre-spread there was no contest. It just had to be Marilyn Monroe.

Who else appeared to match the American male dream of a shapely sex bomb who was both pliant, subservient and available?

A dizzy, bubbly blonde with no ideas or opinions of her own – for so many, that was the image they had of Marilyn Monroe.

Just imagine how middle America might have reacted on discovering that its favourite sex icon was a communist.

After much campaigning and many Freedom of Information requests FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have finally been unearthed and published. Read more.

Peter Frost | Morning Star | 8th January 2013



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