UK MPs to allow Twitter in Parliament
UK - A bid to ban the use of Twitter in the British Parliament has failed as MPs voted in favour of using the social media. The attempt to ban the use of Twitter by MPs during Commons Debates was defeated by 206 votes to 63.
MPs also formally adopted a motion to allow the use of electronic devices in the chambers. Previously, an unwritten code of conduct did not permit the use of of smart phones including the iPhone or the Blackberry.
MPs against the use of smart phones and social media have claimed in the past that this could bring the House of Commons debates into disrepute.
The move means that the MPs will be formally permitted to use electronic devices "provided that they are silent, and used in a way that does not impair decorum." They will also be allowed to refer to electronic devices, instead of paper notes, when making speeches.
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