An over-reaction

The Daily Telegraph reports:

Council staff have been stopped from using during office hours after they ran up 572 hours, the equivalent of 71 working days, in one month.

Sounds awful doesn’t it. But then further on:

Portsmouth City Council introduced the organisation-wide ban on the popular website after the figures emerged under Freedom of Information rules.

Current internet usage rules allow staff to access Facebook during lunch breaks and after work, but now all 4,500 council employees will have to justify having access to the site.

On average this is seven and a half minutes a month on Facebook. They would be better to do what one Wellington firm does – restrict access during work hours but allow it during the lunch break, plus before and after work.

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