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SBI’s social media policy tells employees not to criticize management

The country's largest lender, State Bank of India, has released a code of conduct for its employees for using the internet and social media. According to a report by The Hindu, the circular was issued by the bank on June 17 and the same is now being circulated digitally via its online human resources portal. All employees of SBI, contractual and permanent, have to submit an online acknowledgement of the circular which will be stored on the portal. And it is made mandatory for all new recruits joining the organization to provide the acknowledgement on the portal. In the event of any employee being found violating the code, disciplinary proceedings will be initiated and penalties imposed. What the code of conduct says You can read the full code of conduct here. But here are some of the guidelines that we found were a bit off. "No employee of the Bank shall establish/form/promote any group/community on any internet site  which uses the name or logo of State Bank of India/SBI or shall become member of any such group or community unless such group is expressly created or permitted by the Bank." "If any employee of the Bank is creating any social network profile he/she should create such profile in his/her real name and shall not create any profile by using any ID otherwise than his real name." "No employee should criticize the management of the Bank or the business processes or strategies of the Bank or policies of the Bank on…

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