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Social Media Policy

Social Media Policy

 

Social media is defined as any web-based tool such as blog, micro-blog, online forum, content-sharing website, or other digital channel established for online interaction and connection.  The library maintains a presence on several social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.  These sites allow users to interact with the Library to communicate and share opinions.

Comments and posts are welcomed on the Library’s social media sites.  Postings containing any of the following may be removed:

  • Obscene comments or hate speech
  • Person attacks, harassment or threatening language
  • Potentially libelous statements
  • Plagiarized or copyrighted material
  • Commercial promotions or spam
  • Political or religious messages
  • Material that is deemed off topic or inappropriate
  • Private or personal information
  • Falsification of identity
  • Hyperlinks to material not directly related to the discussion
  • Any illegal activity
  • Solicitations for donations, or membership requiring a fee
  • Photos or other images that may fall in any of the above categories

The Library reserves the right to edit or remove any comment or postings for space or content.  After a warning of inappropriate comments, the Library reserves the right to permanently block from the site person(s) who continue to violate these guidelines.

The library does not collect, maintain, or otherwise use the personal information stored on any third party site in any way other than to communicate with users on the site.  Users should be aware that third party websites may have their own privacy polies.

Patrons encountering harassment via a social media site should file a complaint using the reporting mechanisms established by the site.

By posting any comments, the user agrees to indemnify the Middle Country Public Library and its representatives from and against all liabilities; damages and costs incurred which arise out of or are related to the posted content.

Adopted July 18, 2012 by the Board of Trustees of the Middle Country Public Library

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