Social Media Guidelines Implemented
ARABIAN HORSE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA LTD SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINE
Objective: This guideline has been developed to define the requirements for all Members of the Arabian Horse Society of Australia Limited (the ‘Society’) when using social media.
What is social media?
Social media includes any form of online publishing or discussion. Examples include social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, chat-rooms, online forums, blogs, and wikis. Effectively it is where people can connect online and share ideas and views, information, photos and relationships and includes emails.
What is unacceptable use of social media?
It is each member’s choice to participate in social media and in general what members do in their own time is their business. However, Society members need to understand that any activities which have the potential to cause difficulties within the membership will “have a connection with the society” and will fall within the scope of this guideline.
There are three key ways social media use can affect membership. It has the capacity to:
- Damage the Society’s reputation
- Damage a member’s ability to associate with other members
- Breach Societies policies such as discrimination, harassment or the protection of confidential information.
AHSA members must not engage in any on-line activities which might bring the Society into disrepute. AHSA members must not engage in attacks or abuse, or activities which undermine management and other Personnel, other members, products and services. AHSA members must not speculate on rumours about the Society. AHSA members must not post offensive, derogatory, harassing, bullying or discriminatory comments on the internet regarding any other members, their horses, products or belongings. AHSA members must not claim to represent or identify the Society unless explicitly authorised to do so by the Board of Directors.
Why does this guideline apply to you?
The Memorandum of Articles of Association of the society stipulate that any member that has
- engaged in behaviour or conduct that is unsportsmanlike, dishonest, unbecoming of a member or contrary or prejudicial to the interests or furtherance of the Society or which may bring or tend to bring the Society into disrepute;
After the observing the required procedure the board can
- expel the member from the Society
- suspend a member from membership from the Society for a specified period
- impose a fine on the member
- reprimand the member
Respect the privacy of Members
By respecting the privacy of all members each member will be helping to maintain a socially respectful environment. It is fine for members to disagree, but do not use online media to air differences. Again, AHSA members are not to post offensive, derogatory, harassing, bullying or discriminatory comments, or use any photo without the owner’s permission.
Application and consequence
In summary, AHSA members should use best judgment whenever using social media, and if further guidance is needed about what constitutes unacceptable communication, publishing or discussion; please the contact the Secretary of the AHSA. If members become aware of anyone breaching this Social Media Guideline, immediately report this to the Arabian Horse Society Head Office.
All members must comply with this guideline. Any breach of this guideline will be treated as a serious matter and may result in disciplinary or other action being taken against the member concerned, including termination of membership.