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Government Employees May Have To Submit Blog Posts And Tweets For State Department Approval

(Noel Brinkerhoff)  State Department employees could soon be prevented from live Tweeting, as well as posting to blogs or even giving speeches unless they first submit their remarks to the agency for approval.

The restriction is being formulated in new rules by State Department managers, who were upset after Foreign Service officer Peter Van Buren published a tell-all book about the U.S. reconstruction effort in Iraq.

Under the new rules, the State Department would get 48 hours to review Twitter posts and five days to approve a blog entry, speech, or remarks prepared for a live event.

The agency also would require 30 days to examine manuscripts before books go to print.