Social Media and Internet Policy

Anglesey Agricultural Society (AAS) requires that all Members, Exhibitors, Visitors, Volunteers, Judges or Officials of the Society behave in a manner to ensure that all activities of our society are conducted with fairness and equality wherein respect and tolerance for others is shown by all.

AAS will not tolerate any offensive or bullying use of Social Media by either Members, Exhibitor, Volunteer, Judges or Officials.  We do not condone nor will we accept any behaviour by either Members, Exhibitor, Volunteer, Judges or Officials that is disrespectful to others, nor will we tolerate any discriminatory behaviour or language or behaviour that could be construed as bullying (cyber bullying included).  It should be noted that the laws of defamation of character and libel do now apply to Social Media and networking.

AAS will not tolerate any abuse or offensive behaviour towards our Officials, Volunteers or Staff, and any person found guilty of such offence will be referred to the AAS Council.

Any  person  observed or considered to be using or have used “Social Media” in a derogatory, offensive or otherwise disrespectful manner or to pursue a ‘personal vendetta’ or to invite such behaviour from others, will be considered by AAS Council  to have brought the Society into disrepute and as such to be liable to  the Society’s Disciplinary process, and/or to have their membership revoked, thus losing all benefits and entitlements of membership and/or being expelled from the Showground.

This sanction will remain in place for a period of up to 3 years before any application for membership to AAS can be made again.

1. INTRODUCTION


AAS recognises and acknowledges the importance of the internet and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, home web pages, chat rooms, Instagram and all other forms of electronic communication and the role which “social media” plays in the day to day lives of Members, Exhibitors, Volunteers, Judges and Officials.

This policy note is to remind Members, Exhibitors, Judges, Volunteers and Officials that the Rules of the AAS apply to ALL members when using social media and the internet.  Failure to adhere to this policy could lead to disciplinary or legal action being taken against a Member, Exhibitor, Judge, Volunteer or Official.

2. USING SOCIAL MEDIA
 

  • You should be aware that AAS may from time to time carry out internet searches to identify postings which includes references to the AAS and its Members, Judges, Volunteers, Exhibitors, Officials or Staff members.

  • AAS produced images are the subject of copyright and should not be copied or used in social media save as provided in the AAS website user terms and conditions.

  • You should ensure that any material that you transmit or post to social media is clearly stated to be your personal view and is not held out to be, or could be mistaken as, the view of the AAS.

  • You must not post or transmit any material which could damage the name or reputation of AAS, its Members or former Members, Staff or which is derogatory to the character of or its prejudicial to the interests and objectives of the AAS.

  • You must not post or transmit any material relating to or belonging to AAS Members or former Members, Staff, Exhibitors, Judges or Officials, or which could otherwise be associated with or may reasonably be attributed as coming from AAS:

    • Not post or transmit any material that is threatening, defamatory, obscene, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, abusive, liable to incite racial hatred, discriminatory, menacing, scandalous, inflammatory, blasphemous, in breach of confidence, in breach of privacy or which may cause annoyance, distress or inconvenience; OR

    • Not post or transmit any material which constitutes conduct that would be in breach of the AAS rules, or constitutes a criminal offence, or which could give rise to civil liability, or otherwise be contrary to the laws of, or infringe the rights of any third party in, the UK or any other country in the world.

  • Any breach of this policy will constitute a breach of the AAS and could also lead to Civil and/or Criminal proceedings.
     

3. DISCLOSURE UNDER LAW OR REGULATION


AAS will fully co-operate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing the Society to disclose the identity or locate anyone posting any material in breach of this policy.  If requested by the police or any other regulatory or government authority investigating suspected illegal activities to provide your personal information, AAS is entitled to do so.

 

THIS POLICY IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
 

March 2020