BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith sent a memo to staff Thursday reminding members of the outlet’s news team to refrain from taking “partisan stands” on social media.
The memo, which Smith provided to Business Insider in response to an inquiry, came after a reporter posted a pair of now-deleted tweets to her account during a video played before President Barack Obama’s Wednesday speech at the Democratic National Convention.
A BuzzFeed writer — not on the news team — also tweeted glowingly of Obama before his speech:
BuzzFeed’s ethics guide states that “reporters and editors should refrain from commenting in a partisan way about candidates or policy issues.”
Smith on Thursday reiterated the company’s social-media policy to his news team in a memo, which contained an emoji-filled subject line of “
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