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BBC News Gives Its Staffers The Best Advice Ever

05/23/2014 11:22 am ET | Updated May 23, 2014

BBC News bosses gave some straightforward advice to staffers when it comes to posting on social media.

"Don't do anything stupid," BBC's Mary Hockaday wrote in an email to the newsroom Thursday.

The warning comes just one day after channel editor Jasmine Lawrence was removed from BBC's election coverage after tweeting a disparaging comment against the UK Independence Party, according to the Guardian. Lawrence-- who has now deactivated her Twitter account-- wrote, "#WhyImVotingUkip – to stand up for white, middle class, middle aged men w sexist/racist views, totally under represented in politics today."

Thus, the head of the newsroom was prompted to give some "very clear social media guidance" to staffers, advising to not "state your political preferences" on such platforms.

"As a BBC member of staff-- and especially as someone who works in News-- there are particular considerations to bear in mind," Hockaday wrote. "They can all be summarised as: 'Don't do anything stupid.'"

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