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FMVA Social Media Code of Conduct
Representing the FMVA
If you Post to -
- the FMVA Twitter account as an administrator
- the FMVA Facebook Group page as an administrator
- the fmva.us Blog as an Author or
- Save a link on the FMVA Delicious account or
- Create an Event on the FMVA Google Calendar or
- Comment or Post on these or any other outside social media network or blog while intentionally using the FMVA’s name or logo or otherwise claiming to represent the FMVA
you are representing the FMVA and are thereby bound to our Code of Conduct as follows.
Principles of Conduct1
Our Code of Conduct is based around three principles: Integrity, Competence and Confidentiality.
The FMVA is a professional, ethical 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Therefore transparency, honesty and accuracy should be practiced in all elements of internal and external communications. Copyright and Attribution will be respected and given where applicable2. Never use any of the FMVA’s social media accounts or blog to knowingly mislead fellow members, the public or other professionals and always fully and timely disclose any financial interest or conflicts of interest.
2 When quoting any other blog or publication, be sure to link to the original (if possible) and use quotation marks or blockquotes (for longer texts). For Photos,
- When using a photograph found elsewhere on the web, you must do one of the following:
- Get permission from the original copyright holder (which may not always be same as the site displaying the image). Document receipt of permission.
- Use an image that is not encumbered by copyright, such as an image that is available under a creative commons license.
- When using an image from within the FMVA’s image pool, contact the appropriate committee and make sure the image is licensed for online use.
- Make sure images are properly credited, citing the source and photographer’s name, preferably in the photo’s caption.
More information is available at the Blogger’s Legal Guide.
In this area as in others, be aware of the limitations of your professional competence, and be willing to accept or delegate only that work for which you are suitably skilled and experienced. Do not post material that is unlawful, abusive, defamatory, invasive of another’s privacy, or obscene to a reasonable person. Get permission from others before writing about them. Avoid announcements related to unconfirmed internal or external programming. The public will expect that the person(s) writing or interacting on behalf of the FMVA will engage and respond to them in a timely and respectful manner – please do so when appropriate.
Do not disclose privileged or confidential information via any online medium unless specific permission has been granted by the parties concerned. If you think it may be private, don’t post it.
Keep in mind at all times that everything online is just a click away from the world. And above all, don’t say anything you wouldn’t say to your mom.
Failure to follow the Code of Conduct while representing the FMVA could lead to disciplinary action as recommended by the FMVA Board of Directors. If a complaint arises about a particular individual representing the FMVA, it will be up to the individual to explain their actions to the FMVA membership and Board of Directors, and it will be up to the FMVA Board of Directors as to the action to take and person(s) to involve in the rectification of any negative situation resulting from the individual’s actions.
The FMVA reserves the right to delete any posts, comments, profile or other information on the fmva.us site or any other of the FMVA’s social media accounts at any time. Users who persist in violating the Code of Conduct may be barred from posting to the fmva.us site or it’s other social media accounts.
These guidelines do not constitute legal advice. The FMVA accepts no liability for any action taken or not taken as a result of this information.
Social Media and online communications are ever-changing and evolving, and therefore this Code of Conduct can and will change and is considered a ‘living’ document. Updates to the Code of Conduct may be viewed at any time on our website at http://fmva.us/policies.
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