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Singapore is first municipality to adopt Facebook Workplace

Singapore hopes Facebook's social media platform for organizations will reduce the volume of email among government workers. (Facebook)

For Singapore’s government, there’s a lot to “like” about Facebook Workplace.

Medha Basu reports for GovInsider that the city-state is the first municipality in the world to adopt the social media company’s new platform, which is tailored to the internal office-communication needs of organizations that use it. The tech-savvy Asian city hopes to strengthen interaction between management and staff. A pilot “marketplace” makes it easy to find public servants with special talents, such as translation.

Singapore launched Facebook Workplace in October to digitally connect its agencies and employees. Fifteen agencies and more than 5,000 public officials are using the app now, the article says. By March 2017, the entire municipal workforce of 143,000 will use the platform.

The Facebook app replaces Singapore’s proprietary social media network, Cube, introduced three years ago, Basu reports. Cube was time-consuming to load and could not work on smartphones, limiting its appeal. Workplace works seamlessly across smartphones, tablets and computers. Municipal information can be accessed without logging into the city’s Intranet, and announcements can be posted without sending email. 


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