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List of banned words on social media for employees & volunteers?

List of banned words on social media for employees & volunteers?

  • Does your organization provide guidance on how you want employees, volunteers - even consultants - to talk about their work at your organization on social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogging, descriptions on Flickr, etc.)?

    Does your organization have a list of words that it asks employees and volunteers to never use on social media when speaking as a staff member of your org?

    This comes to mind per an article CBSSports.com about how the online behavior of athletes at universities in Kentucky (and probably many other universities) is monitored. You can see the list of prohibited words in the article. (I've no idea why Déjà vu is on there).

    Players can tweet whatever they'd like, but any time something under the database is sent out into the ether that includes a phrase or word with negative connotations to it, Kentucky and Louisville officials are alerted immediately by email.

    Does your organization have such a list? If you decide you need such, would you allow volunteers to participate in putting together such a list?

  • Reviving this thread, per a story that was just brought to my attention today:

    North Smithfield administrator asks volunteer to resign over Facebook post

    A member of a Rhode Island town’s Parks and Recreation Committee who questioned his motor vehicle tax in a post on his Facebook page was asked to resign from the board by the Town Administrator, who said "I asked for his resignation as I want to have positive sentiments about the town. I just prefer that the image of the town be one of positivity."

    Do you think it was justified? (spoiler alert: I don't)

  • Not justified. Given that the member's father served on the committee previously this is most likely a personal vendetta on the part of the town administrator who, in my opinion, should be the one removed. No one has time for this kind of thing. Facebook is a perfectly legitimate forum for voicing concerns like the one voiced here (a seemingly arbitrary tax increase), and based on the quotations there was absolutely nothing offensive or inappropriate in the post. Personal attack, bullying - call it what you want. All I know is it's unprofessional.

    Chris Delatorre, TS Forum Community Manager
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