Facebook off limits for county employees

The Jämtland County Council in western Sweden has decided to ban its employees from using office computers to visit the Facebook social networking website.

The ban has been implemented as a security measure to prevent the county’s computers from becoming infected with worms or Trojan horse computer viruses.

“Security must come first in order to avoid any serious incidents,” said council member Marianne Larm Svensson, a member of the opposition Centre Party, to the local Länstidningen newspaper in Östersund.

She uses Facebook daily to keep stay connected to colleagues, fellow politicians, and ordinary citizens.

In order to continue doing so, Larm Svensson said that in the future she will update her Facebook status using mobile phone text messages.

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