Social media is the term for internet based tools used for publishing, sharing and discussing information. Social media includes blogs, wikis and social networking sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn. There has been large growth in the use of these tools in recent years.
There may be uncertainty about the rights and obligations of State servants when using these tools, and about the application of the Standards of Integrity and Conduct, the code of conduct for the State Services. This guidance sets out the obligations of State servants when using social media.
Nothing in this guidance modifies the Standards of Integrity and Conduct or the codes and policies of any individual agency.
State servants might use social media as either the representative of their agency making official comment or in their private capacity as a citizen or resident of New Zealand.