NICHCY’s Social Media Policy

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NICHCY would like its presence on social media sites to be honest, open, and respectful. In an effort to be transparent about our social media policies, as well as to model effective use and control of social media for other organizations in our network, we share our social media guidelines here.

Together We Create an Open and Respectful Place of Exchange:

NICHCY encourages fair comment and discussion in its disability-related social media platforms, but will not tolerate comments which are off topic, abusive, obscene, defamatory, vulgar, threatening, or which invade privacy or are libelous, including as described below. Offenders will be banned from posting. We will also remove posts that include gross errors of fact. You may suggest removal of any comment you feel violates this policy.

Comments are Subject to Public Disclosure

All comments submitted or posted on NICHCY’s social media accounts are public. NICHCY reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that violates these policies or any applicable law.

Comments by Others are NOT Endorsed

NICHCY does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify, or agree with the comments, opinions or statements posted on its social media accounts. Any information or material placed online, including advice and opinions, are the views and responsibility of those making the comments and do not necessarily represent the views of NICHCY. By submitting a comment for posting, you agree that NICHCY is not responsible, and shall have no liability to you, with respect to any information or materials posted, including defamatory, offensive, or illicit material, even material that violates this policy.

The Right to Report Threatening Comments

NICHCY must also reserve the right to report any comments that imply harm or imminent danger to yourself or others. By submitting a comment for posting, you accept that NICHCY has the right to contact the appropriate authorities to report any suspicious activities, threats or behaviors.

Editing and Deletions

NICHCY reserves the right, but undertakes no duty, to review, edit, move, or delete any material submitted as a comment to information provided for display or posted on its social media accounts in its sole discretion, without notice. Comments submitted to these sites will be reviewed and posted on the website if they meet our comment policy. Although NICHCY will monitor all websites on a regular basis for inappropriate or defamatory content, comments submitted after regular business hours, Monday through Friday, will be read and posted or deleted as early as possible.

Inappropriate comments will be deleted at the sole discretion of NICHCY. While we encourage submissions from all viewpoints, we ask that all participants adhere to the following Terms of Participation:

  • To ensure constructive questions and comments, please post only questions or comments directly related and relevant to NICHCY and the topics discussed.
  • Do not post questions that contain threats, obscenities, and any other material that would violate the law if published, such as abusive, defamatory, or sexually explicit material.
  • Submissions containing the following will be deleted:
    1. Obscene or threatening language or discrimination (hate speech) based on race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, age or disability
    2. Commercial services or products
    3. Any personal or sensitive information (phone numbers, e-mail, or postal addresses)
    4. Any endorsement of religious beliefs/practices or political parties, candidates, or groups
    5. Any posts or links intended to influence (lobby) a Member of Congress or government official on legislation or appropriation

In the event that your original post contains an appropriate disability-related resource, NICHCY may ask you to modify your posting by removing any portion that breaches this policy.

Appropriate URL Format

NICHCY reserves the right to remove any URLs that pose or appear to pose a security threat to its site, the United States Government and other users, including, but not limited to, any URLs that have been shortened by third-party sites (i.e. bit.ly, tiny.cc). Since NICHCY will actively check and monitor all links, users may only post content containing a full web address. The only exception to this rule are sites that limit characters, such as Twitter. Users are advised to click on third-party content at their own risk.

External Links (including advertising links)

The posting of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by NICHCY of the linked Web sites, or the information, products, or services contained there. NICHCY does not exercise editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of NICHCY.

Section 508 Compliance

Third-party social media platforms and Web sites may not be accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Whenever possible, information posted by NICHCY on its social media accounts will be available on the official NICHCY site (http://nichcy.org) in alternative formats.

Disclaimer

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by NICHCY. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of NICHCY or its funders, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. NICHCY assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process mentioned on its sites.

 

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