AP Issues Strict Facebook, Twitter Guidelines to Staff

Woah! Trying to charge bloggers who quote more than 5 words was bad enough (I no longer quote from or link to AP stories).

But the most contentious element in the new policy, which the union
also decried as “vague,” gives this instruction to employees using
Facebook: “Monitor your profile page to make sure material posted by
others doesn’t violate AP standards: any such material should be deleted.”

“That’s the part that makes us cringe,” Winton said, adding that the union is “reviewing it with legal counsel.”

That means AP reporters, and all other AP employees, are held
responsible for any comments posted by their friends to pictures or
links on their profiles. — Wired