Acceptable Use and Social Media Policy

Ohio Rights Group    

The Ohio Rights Group (ORG) operates websites, Facebook pages and a Twitter feed, among other digital and social media channels that fulfill our mission and purpose. On them, we often invite people to like or follow us. These channels provide information on news, events, studies and much more for those interested in marijuana policy in Ohio, particularly as it pertains to medical marijuana.

Most online communities like ours have their own rules which we will always in good faith follow. We reserve the right to remove any contributions that break these rules, or which are not in line with the general guidelines:

  • Be civil, tasteful and relevant.
  • Do not post messages that are unlawful, libelous, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or racially offensive.
  • Do not post content copied from elsewhere, for which you do not own the copyright.
  • Do not post the same message, or very similar messages, more than once (also called "spamming").
  • Do not publicize your or anyone else's personal information, such as contact details.
  • Do not advertise products or services.
  • Do not impersonate someone else.

The Ohio Rights Group reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of this social media policy or any applicable law.

Monitoring Accounts, Responding and Replying

We recognize the opportunities that social media can deliver in terms of engaging with our constituents using their preferred communication tools and creating greater two-way conversation and engagement. We regularly monitor our main social media channels and accounts. If you contact us via these channels, we will reply as soon as possible, but there could be delays on some requests.

If your query is serious or urgent, please contact us at abuse@ohiorights.org.  

Deleting Posts

Generally, we will not remove posts that are made on our digital and social media channels. However, we will consider removing posts or blocking users or accounts that breach the guidelines outlined above, without any explanation.

Equally important to maintaining the ORG’s reputation, social media monitoring software may flag a post for moderation before it is published to our social media channels or even delete a post should it contain inappropriate verbiage.

Liking, Following, Sharing and Re-tweeting

Please don't be offended if we don't 'Like' or 'Follow' you on social media. This doesn't mean that we are not interested in what you have to say, it's just that the numbers can get too high for us to manage.

We sometimes follow or like people who provide information that is relevant to our work as an authority in the field of marijuana policy or those whose information we can pass on for the benefit of many people.

Occasionally, we'll try and lend our support to local and national campaigns. There will also be times we'll need to like or follow an account in order to take part in conversations.

If we like or follow someone, retweet or share their information, it doesn't mean that we endorse them.

We try and share or retweet information that we think will be of interest to our followers, however please don't be offended if we don't retweet something you want us to. 

As a trusted organization, any sharing of information could be seen as endorsement of a particular view, individual or organization, and it's thus important that we at times remain impartial.

Defamation

Please take care not to make defamatory statements. In law, this means a statement that lowers the reputation of a person or organization in the eyes of a reasonable person. We will therefore take down any statement that could be deemed to be defamatory.

Please note:

  • You should not rely on a social media platform itself to raise concerns - not all platforms will be monitored continuously, especially outside normal working hours.
  • Our responses to replies, comments and direct messages depend on the individual page or service.
  • Unless stated otherwise the views/comments given on any of our social media sites may not necessarily reflect the views of the Ohio Rights Group.

Access to Information

The ORG produces and holds a wide range of information. We try to publish as much of this information as possible. Please take a look at the information already published before making an information request.