City of Toronto disconnects workers from Facebook

The City of Toronto has banned its 23,000 employees from using the social networking site Facebook on work computers. Politicians, however, are exempt from the ban because they use Facebook to communicate with their constituents, accordiing to city spokesman Brad Ross. A week ago, the province blocked access to Facebook on staff computers. The site is also banned in most federal departments in Ottawa. Ross said there's no sign that city employees have been wasting time on the site, "but to mitigate that possibility, we just simply denied access. Does it serve a purpose that a city staff, city employee have access to Facebook? Does it do anything for the city? The answer would have to be no." Other websites already deemed unacceptable and banned by the city include pornography sites, gambling sites and YouTube.

News source: CBC News

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I was using facebook on my lunch break here at work until about a month ago when they blocked it. I guess it got too popular when they decided to let everyone use it instead of students only.

Us torontonians love facebook it has become a huge craze here every one is on it walk around my college 50% of people at any point in time are one face book. And about my space as far as i know it never really caught on the same here at lot less people joined up and even less people stayed on it.

As for the politician thing i guess you can show your support by being the politicians friend or part of their group?

*Speaking of face book lets go check my wall.

Is this really news? haha Facebook is blocked at my work, and has been for a while. MySpace is blocked too, I believe it's block reasoning was "porn". :P

Facebook and youtube and stuff should be blocked at work places anyways this isnt exacly big news. but w00t for toronto being on neowin news :P

They probably need it banned, the Toronto Network page on facebook is bigger than New York or London...it seems we love facebook maybe a little too much.

I disagree. I use Facebook to retrieve addresses and phone numbers. I've never had business need for it, but you can see the possibility. Plus, if I'm leaving from work to go somewhere, I'm going need that address/phone number. I think that it should be addressed on an individual basis as issues arise.

Look, part of working is taking a couple minute break. It improves productivity in almost every job.

The vast majority of workers probably don't need the Internet at all, but it allows them some time off to check email, check a blog, whatever. Facebook is being unfairly singled out, and people will just divert their attention elsewhere.

If individual workers aren't getting their job done, that'll show up in their output, and can be dealt with directly. Banning Facebook is just dumb.

Politicians, however, are exempt from the ban because they use Facebook to communicate with their constituents

thats what email and msn are for you dont use facebook for work related projects

" Well i have this 50 million dollar project, let me Poke Jon and write on Dans wall to see if they will submit a bid....Heck ill just make a new group and invite everyone, that works much better"

ironsight2000 said,
Politicians, however, are exempt from the ban because they use Facebook to communicate with their constituents

thats what email and msn are for you dont use facebook for work related projects


It seems to have some use in connecting politicians with voters (or vice versa).

http://myspace.com/mayordavidmiller