Social Media Posting Guidelines

Social media guidelines (WhatsApp Group(s), Gmail Group, Website Forum, Twitter account and Facebook Group (s).

Currently we administer 8 WhatsApp Groups:

  • OSA-NYNJPA-1, 2, 3 & 4: The official channel for communication related to the community, its events and ideas related to operating and enriching the community or if community members need help in anyway.
  • Leisure-OSA-NYNJPA: Open group for all informal communications
  • OSA-NYNJPA Pro 1, 2, 3: Collaborative with OSA DC and NE Chapters: Focused on Professional work-related topics only
  • OSA – NYNJPA Facebook and Twitter Handles

General Guidelines for all groups

1.  IDENTITY: Please put your Name in the profile so the audience can know you.

2.  RELEVANT: Post must be related or relevant to purpose of each group as stated above – If you want to share a great joke or video, the Leisure group is more appropriate. If you wanted to talk about how OSA can be more involved in other NJ communities, OSANYNJPA 1, 2, 3 or 4 may be appropriate. Please use your reasoning – The admins will suggest corrections if your post is off the mark.

3.  CONSTRUCTIVE and CURTEOUS: This is a fine line and only you can decide what is appropriate – It is always good to challenge each other on ideas, as long as the language is not perceived as getting personal or offensive.

4.  PARENT AND CHILD TEST: If you are unsure of the language, just ask yourself if you would post it if your parent or child was to read it.

5.  INTELECTUAL PROPERTY: There are many “Copyright Trolls” – Firms who look if you have used a copyrighted content in your post – They then send you legal notices to pay a fine or go to court. Watch what you are using and where you are get it from.

6.  PROMOTIONS: Marketing / Selling is not allowed in OSA or OSA NYNJPA 1, 2, 3, 4 and Pro groups – You may promote your business in OSANYNJPA Leisure group limited to one post per month.

7.  FORWARDING: If you are forwarding content from OSA forums, make to scrub the post of any phone numbers, emails or other personal information. When in doubt, ask the author. When you forward someone’s message, you own and are responsible for the message also.

There are more formal guidelines below to be aware of that may have legal implications.

 The chat group must not be used for the following: 
  1. upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, spam, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable; 
  2. harm minors in any way; 
  3. impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a chat group leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; 
  4. forge identity or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content; 
  5. upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); 
  6. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights (“Rights”) of any party; 
  7. upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas (such as shopping) that are designated for such purpose ; 
  8. upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; 
  9. intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Federal Communication Commission,  
  10. provide material support or resources (or to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, or ownership of material support or resources) to any organization(s) designated by the United States government as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act; 
  11. “stalk” or otherwise harass another; and/or 
  12. collect or store personal data about other users in connection with the prohibited conduct and activities set forth in paragraphs a through m above. 
  13. use the data for any marketing purpose except for  OSA NYNJPA or OSA events with EC authorization

Enforcement of above guidelines will be done as follows:

OSA NYNJPA Social Media Admins will delete any posts that are not in compliance with the above guidelines. Prior to deletion, the admins will save a copy of the post on Google Drive ( – This document will be accessible to all community members. Admins will also document the appropriate portion of the policy that was not complied with.mber

Any member whose post is deleted in pursuant to the Social Media Guidelines, may request a review with the Executive Committee. Beyond that, any OSA member may request relief by pursuing the OSA Grievance Process as documented in the OSA Constitution.

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