The government of Tanzania has proposed banning the use of social media and chat apps during office hours, saying social media use was affecting productivity. The proposal could cause disgruntlement considering the popularity of social networking sites and raises legitimate questions around the regulation of social media use by employers. Weighing in on his debate, should the government block or not?
Inaproposal which is likely to cause an uproar, the government of Tanzania has reportedly banned civil servants from using social media and chat apps during office hours.
The BBC reports that Makame Mbarawa, the Transport and Communications minister warned officials that “gossiping” on social media will lead to dismissal. Mbarawa noted that social media use was affecting productivity and the ministry should set a positive example to other ministries.
However, it is unclear how the ministry will enforce the proposed regulation.
The proposal is likely to cause widespread disgruntlement considering the popularity of social networking sites and raises legitimate questions around the regulation of social media use by employers.
Photo: Social Media Today
The merits of the proposal to restrict social media use citing reduction in productivity levels are debatable considering the government has not revealed whether there is empirical evidence to support the claim.
While there are corporates that restrict the use of social networking sites in the workplace citing reasons such as protection of privacy and productivity drain amongst other threats, there are indeed positives.
Weighing in on his debate, should the government soften its stance on access to social media platforms during office hours or enforce restrictions? There could be a middle-ground, where employees are allowed access to social networking sites but the government monitors the usage of such sites to ensure employees are not spending too much time on the platforms.
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.