Social networking should be governed by the principal - 'let your internet social networking do no harm to your employer'. We recognize that many forms of social networking, such as blogging and facebook, may be useful tools in terms of performing your jobs and promoting [org] and it's mission. Please remember that your words and actions in these social networking forums reflect on both you and [org]. You have been selected for employment with [org] based on your talents and your professionalism. [org] expects that you will act professionally and use good judgment when engaging in any form of social media.
Unless specifically approved by [org], you are not permitted to blog or use other forms of social media or technology on the Internet during working hours or at any time on [org] computers or other company-supplied devices. Blogging or other forms of social media or technology include but are not limited to video or wiki postings, chat rooms, personal blogs or other similar forms of online journals, diaries or personal newsletters not affiliated with [org].
Employees may not publicly discuss clients, employees or any work-related matters, whether confidential or not, outside [org] authorized communications.
You are expected to protect the privacy of [org] and its employees and clients, and are prohibited from disclosing personal employee and non-employee information and any other proprietary and nonpublic information to which you have access.
Your postings can be reviewed by anyone, including [org]. Staff members have no right of personal privacy when using [org] equipment or facilities for any purpose, including authorized blogging.
[org] reserves the right to use content management tools to monitor, review or block content on company blogs.
Violation of [org]'s blogging policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination. [org] reserves the right to take legal action where necessary against employees who engage in prohibited or unlawful conduct.
Authorized blogging is used to convey information about [org] and its programs, promote and raise awareness of [org] in the larger community, communicate with employees and constituents to brainstorm, issue or respond to breaking news or negative publicity, and discuss specific activities and events.
When blogging or using other types of Web-based forums, [org] must ensure that use of these communications maintains our brand identity, integrity and reputation while minimizing actual or potential legal risks, whether used inside or outside the workplace.
[org] respects the right of employees to use blogs as a medium of self-expression and public conversation, and does not discriminate against employees who use these mediums for personal interests and affiliations or other lawful purposes.
Employees cannot use blogs to harass, threaten, discriminate or disparage against employees or anyone associated with or doing business with [org].
Bloggers are personally responsible for their commentary. Bloggers can be held personally liable for commentary that is considered defamatory, obscene, proprietary or libelous by any offended party, not just [org].
Employees cannot link from a personal blog to [org]'s internal or external Web site. [that needs to be discussed]
If you have any questions relating to this policy or your personal blog, contact the Chief Operating Officer.