The Parents Television Council (“PTC”) believes in fostering a thriving online community and supports social networking as a valuable component of shared media. PTC’s Social Media Guidelines have been developed for PTC and the members who use PTC’s social networking sites.
The PTC Blog is a place for our members and others to interact with us and each other. We welcome your thoughts and contributions, and understand that there is a give-and-take that naturally flows from a conversation among different people with different opinions. But it is also important that we protect our members. We reserve the right to delete disruptive, profane, or off-topic comments, and to block persistently disruptive users. Please remain respectful of the other members of the community.
Please note that the comments expressed on PTC Social Media sites MAY NOT REFLECT the opinions and position of PTC or its officers and employees.
Any person repeatedly posting material that falls into categories below may be blocked from participating in PTC’s social media sites.
Standards for Appropriate Conversation
PTC believes it is important that online conversations on its web site and other social media sites remain professional and respectful. To ensure compliance with its Social Networking Guidelines, PTC reserves the right to remove any comments if they are inappropriate or otherwise violate the PTC Comments Policy.
In addition to violating the user conduct guidelines below, reasons for removing comments include, but are not limited to:
- The comment is not respectful.
- The comment is not relevant to the topic.
- There is reason to believe that the commenter is misrepresenting himself/herself.
- A single person is dominating the conversation.
- A group is attempting to monopolize or “hijack” a conversation.
You are responsible for any misuse. Users may not, among other things,:
-post any material regarding legal/confidential information regarding any PTC member, whether you identify the member or not.
- impersonate any person or entity, including but not limited to an official of PTC or its affiliates, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
- harm minors in any way;
- post any material regarding confidential information regarding any minor, whether you identify the minor or not, as you may violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and may subject yourself to discipline and/or discharge.
- harass, threaten, embarrass or cause distress, unwanted attention, or discomfort to a person or entity;
- post complaints about individuals or personal grievances.
- transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable, as solely determined by PTC;
- transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any party;
- forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, or other materials (hereinafter referred to as “Content”) transmitted through our sites;
- transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited advertising, promotional information, bulk e-mail or other solicitation;
- transmit or otherwise make available any Content containing any “virus,” “worm,” “trojan horse,” or any other computer code, file, or program designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
- interfere with or disrupt our sites or servers or networks connected to our sites, or disobey any requirements or policies of networks connected to our sites; or
- intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law.
PTC’s social networking sites are not for commercial use. Any advertisements or other for-profit materials not authorized by PTC are strictly prohibited.
PTC reserves all rights to refuse to post any material or remove any material that violates these guidelines, violates PTC policy, or is otherwise inappropriate.
The following paragraphs discuss your general legal responsibilities and non-disclosure obligations. Failure to abide by these guidelines can result in serious ramifications, such as the loss of social networking privileges, the removal of material and adverse employment actions.
The word “material” refers to anything posted on PTC’s social networking sites, including but not limited to, comments, documents, photographs and videos. Legal Liability You are personally responsible for the material that you post on PTC’s Social Networking sites. You can be held personally liable for any material deemed to be defamatory, obscene, proprietary, or libelous (whether pertaining to PTC, individuals, or any other company). In essence, you post material at your own risk. Outside parties actually can pursue legal action against you (not PTC) for postings.
Company Privileged Information
You may not post material regarding any confidential information related to PTC’s policy, strategy, financials, members, etc. You may not use the PTC logo and/or trademarks without PTC’s express written permission.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless PTC, our affiliates, and each entity’s respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and partners from and against any claim or demand, including attorneys’ fees, made by any third party in connection with:
- any content that you transmit or otherwise make available via our sites,
- your use of our sites,
- your connection to our sites, or
- your violation of the TOU.
Postings may generate media coverage. If a member of the media contacts you about a PTC-related posting or requests PTC information of any kind, contact PTC Communications. You should also reach out for clarification on whether specific information has been publicly disclosed before you post material.