Vienna City Hall is blocking Facebook for employees

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According to two Twitter sources (1)(2), access to Facebook has been blocked for employees of Vienna City Hall. Members of political parties may gain access again, but are at the moment also locked out of what bemused council member Marco Schreuder calls "an important comunications tool". There is no official statement why this step that amounts to Internet censorship is deemed necessary. Obviously the city hall itself is not thinking about starting their own Facebook presence anytime soon. has further details.

Update: City hall representative says Facebook was not blocked, only access made more difficult to protect taxpayers' money (via ORF Futurezone).

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in fact, when trying to access Facebook (and some other sites) it says "Falls Sie einen Zugriff ben√∂tigen, schicken Sie die Adresse dieser Seite (bitte mit einer kurzen Begr√ľndung) an Internet Proxy Filter" which is a mail address. I don't know who decides if access will be granted.
Internet usage is monitored throughout the municipal departments and evaluated regularly on a departmental level, not on a personal level which is only possible in case of severe misuse and when members of the staff association are present.

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