Thousands of workers in companies across the UK have been banned from using popular social networking websites such as Facebook by employers hoping to cut down on the amount of time wasted during the working day.
New reports in the Times state that many employers are going as far as enlisting the skills of IT experts to block these sites from use in a bid to prevent workers from accessing them while they should be working.
Figures suggest that the number of UK Facebook users has ballooned to some 3.2 million in the past half-year, indicative of the increasing popularity of web 2.0 social network services.
One expert, Graham Cluley of Sophos, described Facebook as a "procrastinator's paradise".
"Websites like Facebook, Bebo and MySpace fall into the category of websites which can easily gobble up hours of worktime and distract from the employees' real duties," he commented.
Facebook reports that London is the most popular city for its users in the world, with the London network having overtaken Toronto in size, according to the Guardian.