Social Media Comment Policy
The official William & Mary Alumni Association (WMAA) social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn) are where the W&M community connects with each other and the university.
We encourage our fans and followers to post, comment and interact with others, and expect that remarks will be on-topic and respectful of the rights and opinions of others. We strive to make our social media community reflective of the Alumni Association’s values while supporting free speech protected by the First Amendment.
The William & Mary Alumni Association reserves the right, but is not obligated, to remove comments that:
- are off-topic
- are profane, violent or obscene
- encourage or support discrimination against protected classes
- are duplicate or spam
- advocate illegal activity
- are misleading or contain falsehoods and/or inaccurate information
- libel, incite, threaten or make ad hominem attacks on W&M students, employees, guests or other individuals
We also do not permit messages selling products or promoting commercial, political campaigns or candidates, or other ventures unless we deem them related to the university, its members or its operation.
Posted comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the WMAA. In certain situations, the poster, as well as the content, may be reported to authorities, depending on the nature of the content or as required by law.
All content and posts are bound by the Terms and Community Guidelines for that service:
- Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities
- Twitter Terms of Service
- YouTube Terms of Service and Community Guidelines
- Flickr Terms of Service and Community Guidelines
- LinkedIn User Agreement and Community Guidelines
- Hiding or reporting comments may also be an action you can take. Review the Terms and Community Guidelines for the service and see what options are available to you.
- You can always choose to express your disagreement or state your own point of view in a way that’s consistent with the above policies.
- If you sense a comment is written with the express purpose of provoking an argument, denying the comment the attention it seeks is sometimes the best course of action.
If you have any concerns about the content posted on one of our social media outlets, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome all of your feedback and thank you for your help in creating a safe, vibrant and respectful online community.