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BSO Social Media – Moderation Rules

Updated August 2023

BSO social channels are not monitored 24/7 (including evenings, weekends and public holidays).

BSO produce and manage audience specific Health and Social Care (HSC) posts, news and messages using the following social channels:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo

This statement describes the types of content that we will remove from our social channels and the grounds on which we will ban access and use of our channels. Users should also make themselves aware of each social media channel’s own terms and conditions.

We reserve the right to remove/hide or block individuals/accounts/comments and posts without notification, including those

  • are irrelevant or off-topic ie not related to the BSO or HSCNI;
  • bully, harass or intimidate any individual or organisation;
  • are unlawful, libellous, spurious, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene,
    profane, sexually oriented or racially offensive;
  • disclose any information about a specific patient or colleague and therefore violate the
    Data Protection Act;
  • is infringe or violate someone else’s rights;
  • break the law;
  • discuss or disclose information relating to legal proceedings BSO are directly or indirectly engaged with;
  • are spam;
  • advertise products or services;
  • are disruptive;
  • are repetitive;
  • Online bullying;
  • is Grooming, exploitation or stalking;
  • Exposure to inappropriate material or hateful language;
  • is Coercion into illegal activity, such as distributing illegal content or hate crime;
  • Indoctrination into ideations and encouraged into terrorist activities;
  • is Encouraging violent behaviour, self-harm or risk taking;

We will also remove or ban any user who:

  • continues to post comments such as those listed above,
  • uses offensive images as their profile picture,
  • has an offensive user name.
  • Breach the Defamation Act 2012

These lists are not exhaustive and will be updated as necessary.