Social media guidance (2017)

Request

  1. Can you confirm the date that these Twitter guidelines (PDF PDF 648 KB) were completed and delivered to the Digital Democracy team?
  2. Can you confirm that these twitter guidelines were sent out to MPs? Did MPs have to sign anything to say that they'd seen them? Were they sent out in an email?
  3. Are MPs provided with any other kind of guidance or rules with regards to their use of social media? Such as when it's appropriate to use the title of MP or Minister and when it isn't? That kind of thing. If there are other rules on social media usage for MPs then I'd like to see a copy of them.

 

Response

  1. Can you confirm the date that these Twitter guidelines (PDF PDF 648 KB) were completed and delivered to the Digital Democracy team?
    This information is held by the House of Commons. The Chartered Institute of Public Relations submitted the guidelines to the Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission. They were received on 10 December 2014.
  2. Can you confirm that these twitter guidelines were sent out to MPs? Did MPs have to sign anything to say that they'd seen them? Were they sent out in an email?
    This information is held by the House of Commons. The guidelines submitted by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, as referred to above, were not sent out to MPs, and the Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission did not make any specific recommendations to MPs on the use of social media, including Twitter.
    It may help you to know that the guidelines were accepted by the Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission as written evidence, along with many other submissions from various bodies. All written contributions, including the submission from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, were published online as part of the Report of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy on 26 January 2015 which is available publicly.
  3. Are MPs provided with any other kind of guidance or rules with regards to their use of social media? Such as when it's appropriate to use the title of MP or Minister and when it isn't? That kind of thing. If there are other rules on social media usage for MPs then I'd like to see a copy of them.
    This information is not held by the House of Commons. The House does not provide general guidance to individual MPs on how to use social media.

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