|Illinois Corrections Sets New Social Media Policy for Staff|
|By nbcchicago.com- Emily Hoerner|
Following Injustice Watch reporting last month about more than two dozen state correctional employees who participated in conversations that mocked or disclosed personal information about transgender inmates in private Facebook groups, the Illinois Department of Corrections announced a revised social media policy for its roughly 12,000 employees that goes into effect over the weekend.
The newly revised social media policy specifically bars employees from sharing confidential information about prisoners or other staff, including details about current or past investigations and criminal or civil proceedings involving the department. The policy also prohibits any content that is vulgar, obscene, threatening, discriminatory, or disparaging based on race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
The department quietly rolled out a new social media policy on Nov. 1, but revised it this month to specifically prohibit disparaging individuals based on their gender identity.
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