Facebook at Work is in the pilot stage for the Arizona Department of Administration, and about 600 employees are using the platform. The program functions like regular Facebook, except employees use their work emails and all state government workers are already "friends."

Unlike personal Facebook, the platform is organized around groups, not a newsfeed. There are groups assigned to specific projects or teams, as well as more general groups for employee recognition and announcements. The platform also has a mobile app.

The state owns all of the data its employees put onto the platform, according to Reed, and the Department of Administration is downloading a copy of all posts and messages, including private and deleted ones, daily. It will have to maintain its stance on providing public records.

David Bodney, a media attorney at the Phoenix law firm Ballard Spahr, said the state will need to retain copies of the records created on Facebook at Work to comply with public records laws. It sounds like the state has assured that will happen, he said. "I think we can all applaud the government's desire to improve efficiency, and we respect its assurance that the use of Facebook at Work will be in full compliance with the public records law," Bodney said.

Using Facebook at Work shouldn't allow anyone to circumvent the public's right to inspect public records, he said. Similarly, if a member of the public requests "written communications" or emails, Bodney said he hopes those fulfilling the request will include Facebook at Work records in the response and not exclude them on a technicality. "The department can't use Facebook at Work as a means of depriving the public access to public records, whih these messages presumptively would be, as a matter of law. They really do need to take precautions to ensure that the records are preserved for public inspection," he said.

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