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SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES

07/10/17

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NOTICE :

SWMBSA

Social Media Guidelines

Notice to all Registered League Members

Please see below Social Media Guidelines

The Management Committee request that all registered league players read these guidelines and adhere to them whilst posting via social media either on the SWMBSA facebook page/twitter account, or any general posting in relation to the activities of the SWMBSA whilst using their own facebook/twitter accounts.

These guidelines are designed to provide helpful, practical advice on using social media effectively.

To set the parameters for these social media guidelines, we should keep in mind three things:

1. We live in a society that promotes free speech and freedom of expression; it is generally expected that persons playing snooker at all levels should reflect the values of the society it represents.

2. Anything that you post is public and visible so you must be responsible in what you post.

3. Social networking is monitored and you may fall foul of the League Rules if you act outside of these guidelines. Rule 6 of the league rules will be used if league members choose to ignore these social media guidelines.

Do’s & Don’ts

DO…Show your personality. Being yourself and letting your personality shine is who you are. However, try to avoid any humour that might be considered in bad taste.

DON’T… Uncomplimentary comments about players, league officials, other leagues etc will be dealt with via rule 6 of the league rules if the Management Committee deem it serious enough.

Any gossip or slanderous comments can be easily highlighted and taken the wrong way. Remember that you are representing the SWMBSA. This is likely to put you in breach of the League Rules.

DO…Remember everyone can see you. Before you write anything, remember that it’s public and anyone can take your words and put them in a newspaper or on a website. Pause and think carefully before you mention anything about you or other members of the league.

DON’T…Swear or be abusive towards members of the league or officials. Even suggestions of foul or abusive language by replacing letters with symbols e.g. s@£t should be avoided. Similarly, don’t get into disputes with your audience – instead, show that you have listened and be responsive in a positive manner.

DO…Be responsible. You are personally responsible for the content you provide and how you behave online. Be careful and if you’re in doubt, don’t post it.

DON’T…Assume anything you delete will completely disappear. It’s almost impossible to completely remove information on social networking sites even if you “remove/delete” it from the original source. There is no way of knowing where it may have been reposted. So think before you post.

DO…Report anything that concerns you. If you see any comments or photos that concern you or you feel in the course of a conversation report it to the Match Secretary in the first instance who will investigate or if unavailable a Committee Member.

DON’T…Be provoked into responding. There are accounts set up to provoke you into controversial discussions or to respond to abuse. These accounts are often anonymous or created using false details and the only person who is identifiable is you. If someone provokes you in this manner, just ignore or block them

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