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Social media policy


The Company and “Employee” are collectively referred to as the “Parties”.

This Social Media Policy is considered understood and accepted upon valid signature by both Parties.

Social media has changed the way that we all act and interact. The Company recognizes that all Employee(s) will likely utilize social media in their day-to-day lives. This Social Media Policy was created to ensure that those working for or with the Company are using social media responsibly, so as to ensure the interests of the Company are protected.

The purpose of this Social Media Policy is not only to help employees ensure a fruitful working relationship with the Company but also to clarify the specific rules regarding what may be shared about the Company (if anything).

The personal activity of Employee(s) on the internet may be subject to this Social Media Policy if it impacts the business of the Company, Company employees, or the work of the Employee(s) at the Company.

The following definition will be used for "social media" in the context of this Policy: mobile and web-based applications for user-generated content, communication, and social interaction. This definition includes, but is not limited to, the following social media platforms: blogs, online communities, discussion forums, review sites, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Youtube, Reddit, Google+ and any other related or similar websites

1. GENERAL: This Social Media Policy will cover the following:

  1. Social media activities of Employee(s) while at work
  2. Social media activities of Employee(s) while utilizing Company electronic devices.
  3. Restrictions on representing the Company online
  4. Social media activities of Employee(s) while on their own time and not utilizing Company property

Please be advised that this Social Media Policy asks Employee(s) to assume that all of their online activities are publicly visible and available at any given time. Employee(s) may be subject to termination for violating any of the Company's internal policies, such as posts which may display unlawful harassment or discrimination or which may include racial slurs, epithets, and/or derogatory remarks, stereotypes, jokes, offensive visuals based on race, national origin, age, disability, marital status or other legally protected classifications.


Personal social media use [is/ is not] permitted at work.


Personal social media use [is / is not] permitted on Company devices.


Employees who are permitted to access the Company social media accounts in order to post content online will be specifically notified as such in writing. 

Unless this is specifically authorized, Employee(s) may not utilize the Company's official social media accounts or represent the Company online in any way. If the Employee(s) are permitted to officially represent the Company online, the following guidelines apply:

[The following are considered examples of guidelines. Feel free to insert your own:]

  1. Be respectful and polite. Never get into arguments with customers or clients.
  2. Avoid making promises. If dealing with a customer service issue, always offer to speak to the customer or client on the phone, rather than making express promises online.
  3. Employee(s) should not answer questions that are not within their expertise. 
  4. Follow all written Company guidelines, such as the Company's employee handbook, privacy policy, confidentiality policy, and any other written documents.
  5. Never share sensitive Company information, even if it is not subject to a written policy. Sensitive Company information includes customer and client lists, marketing strategies, financial information, protected intellectual property, sales numbers, or any other information which is not generally publicly available.
  6. Remain in constant contact with the marketing team regarding posted content.
  7. Avoid deleting customer or client comments or questions.
  8. Do not post anything which may display unlawful harassment or discrimination or which may include racial slurs, epithets, and/or derogatory remarks, stereotypes, jokes, offensive visuals based on race, national origin, age, disability, marital status or other legally protected classifications.
  9. Correct false information about the Company as soon as possible.
  10. Never violate the intellectual property rights of any third party. Obtain proper permission to use any content, and always use the correct attribution form.
  11. Be mindful of the following rules: [List the rules employees must follow when representing the company online].


While the activities of Employee(s) on their own time and devices are their own business and responsibility, the Company requests that the Employee(s) keep the following in mind for their own personal social media activities:

[These are examples of guidelines for personal use of social media. Feel free to edit or add your own.]

  1. Always act according to the terms and conditions of the social media websites 
  2. Employees should ensure that it is clear that their views are not the Company's views.
  3. Always act lawfully.
  1. Avoid discussing illegal activities, e.g. drug use.
  1. Always ask others for permission before posting about them.
  1. Please keep in mind that if the Company discovers any objectionable content on the personal social media accounts of Employee(s), the Employee(s) may be subject to termination or other disciplinary measures.
  1. While adhering to the Company's policies, employees are encouraged to use their social networking platforms to support our activities through their personal social media accounts.


  1. All Company social media accounts will remain owned by the Company, regardless of any authorization received to post on them.
  1. The Company reserves the right to any "friends," "followers," or contacts that are gained through social media and e-correspondence (email addresses, social networks, blogs, etc.) developed on behalf of the Company.
  1. Employees will respect the confidentiality of customers, clients, suppliers, other employees, and the Company as a whole by not disclosing private information on social media.
  1. If public information may be shared, the Employee(s) should disclose their relationship to the Company, customer, client, supplier, or other employee.
  1. Any media inquiries received regarding the Company must be directed to [person or title responsible for media inquiries] immediately. Employee(s) may not respond to any media inquiries without express written authorization from the Company.
  1. The Employee(s) may not compete with the Company in any way, including by selling products or services which the Company may sell.
  1. Company-related employee social media activity can and will be monitored. Violation of Policy guidelines is subject to employee discipline, up to and including termination.
  1. The Employee(s) are legally responsible for anything they post on their personal social media accounts, including failure to disclose relationships in marketing, or posting about any unlawful activity. If the Employee(s) violate any laws while posting on Company social media accounts, they may be required to indemnify the Company for any damages caused.

All employees are required to comply with the rules and regulations listed in the Employee Handbook, as well as this Social Media Policy.

Template does not constitute any form of legal advice, and the User is at all times encouraged to request external specific legal advice in respect of the execution of legal documents.
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What is a social media policy? 

A social media policy is like a guidebook that employers create to spell out what's okay and not for employees to share on their social media accounts. Usually, it includes rules about not spilling company secrets and being careful about what you say about work. 

Posting anything directly about the company could get you in hot water and, in some cases, even lead to getting the boot. But, there's a bit of a gray area — talking about stuff like not-so-great work conditions might be okay.

What should you include in a social media policy?

It's important to cover key areas to protect the company and its employees. Here are some essential components to include:

  • Purpose and scope: Clearly define the policy's purpose and specify which platforms it covers.
  • Roles and responsibilities: Outline the responsibilities of employees when using social media on behalf of the company or in a personal capacity that could affect the company's reputation.
  • Brand representation: Provide guidelines on how employees should represent the company's brand, including tone of voice, language, and content guidelines.
  • Confidentiality and privacy: Emphasize the importance of protecting confidential information and respecting the privacy of colleagues, clients, and the company.
  • Security measures: Specify security measures employees must follow to safeguard company information and prevent data breaches, such as password management and reporting suspicious activity.
  • Compliance with laws and regulations: Educate employees on legal requirements and industry regulations related to social media use, including copyright, trademark, and disclosure laws.
  • Personal use of SoMe: Address how employees' personal use of social media may impact the company and provide guidelines for maintaining professionalism and avoiding conflicts of interest.
  • Monitoring and enforcement: Explain how the company monitors social media activity and the consequences of policy violations, including disciplinary actions.
  • Training and education: Offer training programs or resources to help employees effectively understand and comply with the policy.
  • Updates and revisions: Establish procedures for updating and revising the policy to adapt to technological changes, social media platforms, or company practices.

Why do companies need a social media policy for their employees?

A social media policy for employees isn't just a nice-to-have — it's essential. After all, you might not want every brand secret (or Christmas party) posted on TikTok for the world to see. 

  • Maintain brand consistency: Multiple people manage various accounts on different platforms, so a solid policy ensures your brand voice remains consistent.
  • Legal and regulatory compliance: A social media policy helps protect your company from legal and regulatory challenges by outlining rules and guidelines. It prevents inadvertent breaches like accidental insider trading.
  • Prevent security breaches: Incorporating security protocols into your policy safeguards against phishing, hacking, and impostor accounts. It also sets standards for password management and device usage.
  • Effective crisis management: In case of a crisis or breach, a social media policy ensures you have an emergency response plan in place, enabling you to address issues swiftly and appropriately.
  • Clarify employee responsibilities: Your policy spells out what is expected of employees on social media, such as when and how they can represent the company online.
  • Encourage brand advocacy: While setting boundaries, the policy encourages employees to amplify your brand's message. However, it strikes a balance by providing guidelines on what is appropriate to share and what isn't.

With the advancement of technology in our world, people are undoubtedly becoming increasingly obsessed with having social media in their lives. Just imagine a world without social media, where you don’t get to see feeds on Instagram and Facebook.

Well, that would be dull. So, there is no doubt that when it comes to the use of social media, people will do anything to ensure that it stays in their lives. The popularity of social media is undoubtedly going to continue for a while. Many people have multiple accounts on social media. Even businesses are staying focused on having accounts on social media networks.

This is why there is an imminent need for social media policies to help the organization ensure that its employees’ use of social media will not expose the company to public embarrassment or legal complications.

Create and store social media policies easier with Contractbook 

With Contractbook's social media policy template, crafting and implementing your company's guidelines for social media use has never been easier. 

Our user-friendly platform streamlines the process, allowing you to customize the template to fit your needs effortlessly. From defining the purpose and scope of the policy to outlining roles and responsibilities, our template covers all essential aspects of a comprehensive social media policy.

Moreover, Contractbook makes it simple to store and manage all your policies in one centralized location. Say goodbye to scattered documents and hello to organized and easily accessible policies. With Contractbook, you can stay up-to-date with your social media policies and ensure that your employees are well-informed and compliant with company standards. Now that’s worth posting about. 

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This contract outlines the company's social media policy for employees. It covers guidelines for using social media at work, on company devices, and for representing the company online. It also provides rules for employees' personal social media use as it relates to the company. The policy aims to protect the company's interests while allowing reasonable personal social media use by employees.

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