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Washington Post releases updated social media policy following Twitter meltdown between staff

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The Washington Postannounced to staff an updated social media policy on Thursday after the viral turmoil faced earlier this month. 

"The use of social media by post journalists should not undermine the editorial integrity of the post or the reputation of journalism." A note obtained by Fox News. "The relationship with the post gives you a relationship. It's a large platform and may bring blue checkmarks and additional followers. In addition, I'm to protect its integrity and reputation. This guidance applies to posted or amplified content such as retweets, likes, shares, etc. Digital Platform. ”

The guidance retweets jokes about women.It seemed to hint at Washington Post reporter Dave Weiger. He was then put on an unpaid suspension for a month after deleting the retweet and apologizing. 

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The second guidance is from post journalists. Activities on social media platforms do not question rational people about their editorial independence, nor do they question rational people's ability to cover the issue fairly. " 

Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel was suspended after he retweeted someone else's joke about women.

Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel said he Retweet a joke about someone else's woman. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images)

Notes use social media to "cause issues, government policy, or political or judicial issues. Results. "Guidance also encourages journalists to" avoid curating "content that" suggests that they have a partisan view of the issues covered by the post, "and exempts columnists and critics. Said. 

"Before publishing your post on social media, ask yourself if it undermines the newsroom's mission to prioritize fact-finding," the third guidance argued. .. "Ask yourself if it's harmful for a message to be associated with a post. Posts that report news fairly and accurately, especially if the words or images you use contain offensive content in the message. Ask yourself if you're damaging your journalism reputation. If the answer to any of these is yes, don't post.


The fourth guidance that post-journalist called for "civil" and "treating people with respect" was when post-reporter Felicia Sonmez fought a colleagueEditor-in-Chief Sally Buzbee {58. } Reflects a previously issued memo. Multiple tweet storms. Sonmez was eventually dismissed for disobedience. 

"Social media is not a platform for engaging in disputes with colleagues," the memo emphasized. "If you mention or tag someone (colleagues, competitors, sources, or someone else) on social media, such posts can draw excessive attention and sometimes harass the tagged person. Please note that there is. "

Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez was fired following a series of viral attacks towards her colleagues. 

Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmes is a virus attack on her colleague who was fired after a series.  (Getty Images)

The post tells employees, "A news plan, an article report, and a decision to publish."

Other guidance provided is "top priority" to protect staff and journalists from harassment who are not using post relationships for "personal or private interest". "Standard Editors and Deputy Editors News Operations are responsible for working with the leadership of the Newsroom to ensure that these guidelines are followed."

Fox News asked for comment from the Washington Post. I contacted. 

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{93 The latest social media policy, first reported by The Daily Beast, was announced just weeks after the complete turmoil among Washington Post staff. The 

drama began when Sonmez was openly ashamed of Wegel for retweeting a joke critic who was considered sexist and blasting her employer. 

"It's great to work in a news agency that allows such retweets," Sonmes responded. 

Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez called out both her colleague David Weigel and the paper itself over a tweet he shared mocking women.

The Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmes The paper itself about a tweet sharing a woman he was ridiculing with her colleague David Wegel who called both. (Twitter)

Sonmez's tweet blaming her colleague from her at least two colleagues, reporters Jose A. Del Real and Lisa Rein. In response to the backlash, Sonmez subsequently attacked. .. 

After Busby urged the staff to respect each other, several prominent reporters in the post expressed solidarity with the paper, all of whom were ridiculed by Sonmez. 

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6 days to attack a colleague After a constant tweet storm, the post,Sonmez ended

Since her firing, Sonmez has kept the radio silence on Twitter and the post was previously thrown out of court. After that, she has fueled speculation that she may revive the discriminatory proceedings against the post. 

Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for FoxNews Digital. Story tips can be sent to joseph.wulfsohn @ and Twitter (@JosephWulfsohn).