Social Media Policy

Introduction, Purpose and Scope 

Social media can be defined as online media that allows for interaction and/or participation.

Examples of social media can include: 

  • Social networking and micro-blogging sites like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Bebo, Foursquare, Tumblr and Pinterest;
  • video and photo sharing sites like Flickr and YouTube;
  • online forums and discussion blogs, including comments on online news articles. 

Personal and professional use of social media by MIGAS employees must not bring MIGAS into disrepute, compromise effectiveness at work, imply MIGAS endorsement of personal views or disclose, without authorisation, confidential information.

The policy encourages all MIGAS employees to take responsibility for their activity, aims to make it clear when MIGAS Social Media policies do and do not apply, and reinforces and augments principles set out in related policies governing work-related activities. 

Objectives

Interactive services, which include social media like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, are part of MIGAS’ marketing activities and increasingly part of the work and private lives of all MIGAS employees.

MIGAS encourages use of social media to engage existing and new audiences, and to seek and share usergenerated content. Use of social media by MIGAS employees is not limited to the workplace and occurs for professional or personal purposes both in and out of work hours.

The following standards apply to work and personal use of interactive services, with MIGAS accounts and personal accounts, by MIGAS employees at any time: 

  • Do not mix professional and personal matters in ways likely to bring the MIGAS name into disrepute;
  • do not undermine your effectiveness at work;
  • do not imply MIGAS endorsement of your personal views;
  • do not disclose confidential information obtained through work;
  • be respectful of others in all forms of communication. 

MIGAS employees are responsible for the content they post on their personal social media accounts. Employees are to ensure that all personal usage of social media does not contravene any of the above forgoing standards. 

Statement

As a MIGAS employee, your behaviour, both in and out of the workplace, must be in line with MIGAS values and the MIGAS Code of Conduct. The same principles apply to online comments as to any other kind of public comment; however, there are some additional considerations that apply to online participation: 

  • Adhere to the terms of use, and seek to conform to the cultural and behavioural norms of the social media platform being used;
  • be respectful of all individuals and communities you interact with;
  • be polite and respectful of others’ opinions, even in times of heated discussion and debate;
  • ensure you do not post material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, discriminatory or hateful to another person or entity. 

Breaches of this Policy

Breaches of this Policy will be viewed as misconduct. 

16th November 2015 

 

 

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