Massachusetts legislators blocked from office Twitter use

Lawmakers can access Twitter from smart phones, but not office PCs

Massachusetts state lawmakers and their aides trying to use Twitter in their offices today are getting a bright red “Warning!” sign preventing them from accessing the website, according to a news report in the Boston Herald.

Using the microblogging service has been blocked for all legislative office computers by the Massachusetts Legislative Information Services department because of concerns about alleged vulnerability to viruses, the article states.


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However, the legislators still can access Twitter from their smart phones.

Some of the Web-savvy lawmakers are finding the Twitter ban frustrating, while others say Twitter is for the birds anyway, the newspaper reported.

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