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Social Media 201Starting October 13, Social Media 201 picks up where Social Media 101 left off, to provide you with hands-on instruction for gaining likes, followers, retweets, favorites, pins, and engagement. Social media experts will teach you how to make social media marketing work for your bottom line and achieving your business goals. Register now!

Why Did Maryland Block Facebook All Together?

-Maryland State Seal-Are social networks to blame for viruses running on company computers? The Maryland General Assembly has completely blocked social networks Facebook and MySpace from the computers of state legislators and their staffs, citing an increase in viruses and malware that are affecting the computers of the Maryland General Assembly, according to New Line. Michael Gaudiello, who is the Office of Legislative Information Systems Director, sent out a memorandum telling the staff of the new 2009 policy.

It seems a bit strange that the social networks themselves are to blame for malware, but the memo states that weeks of analysis concludes that many of the infecting programs are originating from pages hosted on Facebook and MySpace. So to decrease the number of viruses affecting the machines of the Maryland General Assembly facilities, both Facebook and MySpace have simply been blocked all together.
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