National League of POW/MIA Families Social Media Policy
The League recognizes the importance of the Internet in shaping public opinion about our organization and the POW/MIA accounting mission. We also recognize the importance of the public joining in and helping our mission through interactions on social media. The League is committed to supporting honest, transparent, and knowledgeable dialogue regarding our mission and other relevant matters on the Internet through social media.
This policy memo also provides guidance for employee and board use of League-affiliated social media, which should be broadly understood for purposes of this policy to include blogs, Wikipedia individual entries, microblogs, message boards, chat rooms, electronic newsletters, online fora (forums), social networking sites, and other sites and services that permit users to share information with others in a contemporaneous manner. This policy memo also provides guidance to users on content that is allowed or prohibited on any social media channels affiliated with the League.
League-affiliated social media will be monitored; any content that is prohibited or deemed inappropriate based on the guidelines listed within this memo will be removed by the Office of the Chairman, or by any other moderators authorized by the Chairman.
The League’s single, threefold mission supporting our POW/MIAs and KIA/BNR from the Vietnam War is to obtain the release and return of all prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing, and the repatriation and identification of remains of those not yet recovered who died serving our nation.
On all League-affiliated social media networks, posts and questions regarding the League’s mission are welcome. We urge the board, family and associate members, and the general public to participate in an open dialogue regarding the League’s mission and any other relevant matters.
While our social media policy generally provides a lot of leeway in what content is acceptable, the following list contains content that is absolutely prohibited.
Content is prohibited if it
Is sexual or suggestive in any manner
Encourages or incites violence
Threatens, harasses, or bullies, or encourages others to do so
Contains inflammatory or derogatory language
Contains personal or confidential information
Impersonates someone in a misleading or deceptive manner
Solicits or facilitates any transaction or gift involving certain goods and services not relevant to the League
Our posting guideline enforcement will be as follows;
First offense – The League will remove the offending post and remind the user of the rules listed within this Social Media Policy.
Second offense –The League will remove the offending post and block the user from posting on League-affiliated social media. This ban can be appealed at the discretion of the Chairman.
Third offense – User will be banned from all League-affiliated social media and League-sponsored events.