Social Media Policy
Social networking, such as Twitter, Facebook, whatsapp groups, internet blogs and other online sites, offers tremendous opportunities for rugby to communicate and engage with a growing audience as well as its existing members, supporters and players.
Okapi Wanderers Rugby FC, is keen to promote the safe and responsible use of social networking technology but also to make its members aware of the potential risks and to share best practice.
• Participants should be aware that comments which bring the game into disrepute, or are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting, may lead to disciplinary action.
• Comments that include a reference to a person’s ethnic origin, color, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability may attract a high disciplinary sanction.
• Comments can also attract civil and criminal action.
• These are public forums, so treat them as such.
• Individuals and organizations are strictly responsible for any posting on his/their account/s.
• Re-posting or re-tweeting inappropriate content represents an endorsement of that content and can be actionable.
• Do not use abusive, derogatory, vulgar or sexual language.
• Do not criticize or imply bias against match officials.
• At all times, exercise discretion and respect for clubs, players, fans and the game’s partners.
• Deleting or apologizing publicly for an improper posting does not prevent disciplinary action being taken.
• Consider “protecting” Tweets and changing security/visibility of Facebook accounts.
It is recommended that Clubs:
• Set standards for content generated in line with the Core Values and the guidelines above.
• Establish protocols for monitoring output, moderating content in online forums and removing offensive postings.
• Hold members to account for any breaches.
Players and Officials
Individuals need to understand that they are personally responsible and liable for their comments and postings. At all times you should exercise discretion and be respectful of other players, teams, officials, organizations. What you regard as “banter” could be regarded as embarrassing or hurtful by a wider audience and bring the game into disrepute.
In short, follow the general guidelines above and:
• Don’t comment if you have any concerns about the consequences
• Don’t link to unsuitable content
• Don’t get into disputes with anyone
• Don’t share or elicit personal detail
• Do show your personality and be approachable
• Do share your achievements
• o post regular comments to grow and engage with an audience
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