Social Media Policy

Florida Association of Building Inspectors, Inc. (FABI)
Social Media Policy

For the purpose of this document, the term “social media” shall refer to a website or platform that allows the creation and exchange of user-generated content.  Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

FABI uses social media to foster relationships between inspectors, to allow inspectors to educate each other, and to promote FABI’s educational conferences and other events and opportunities.  It is with these purposes in mind that FABI has adopted these guidelines for social media use in regards to its members (including all Professional Inspectors, Associate Inspectors, Retired and Honorary Members, and Affiliate Members).

FABI’s use of social media shall be under the general direction of the management team with guidance from the board of directors.  The management team will ensure that social media is used responsibly on behalf of the association.  All members are encouraged to call to the attention of the management team any issues, concerns or problems that might interfere with the association’s responsible use of social media.  Bringing the issue to the attention of the association immediately will enable FABI to work toward an appropriate and timely resolution of the issue, concern or problem.

FABI uses social media to create a dialogue about issues that affect the inspection profession and the association welcomes, as part of that dialogue, anyone with any interest in issues affecting the inspection profession. However, we reserve the right to take appropriate actions against dialogue participants who fail to observe our guidelines respecting the proper use of our social media sites as outlined below. As a voluntary member of FABI’s social media pages, you agree to conduct yourself in accordance with the following policies and ideas:

FABI accepts responsibility for the content it posts on its social media sites and will not impersonate, mislead or purposely obscure the association’s identity when using social media. FABI also expects participants in dialogue on our social media sites to refrain from impersonating, misleading or purposely obscuring their identities.

FABI accepts differences and differing opinions and we strive to maintain a courteous, polite and professional dialogue when we might disagree with opinions expressed by others.  FABI expects that participants in dialogue on the association’s social media sites also will accept differences and differing opinions by responding in a respectful way when they disagree or have a difference of opinion.

FABI does not use social media to bully, intimidate or threaten others and we expect participants in dialogues on the association’s social media sites to refrain from bullying, intimidation and threatening harm or violence to anyone, including threats directed to the association or any of its membership or management team.

FABI does not use social media to defame the reputation of others and we will not tolerate the use of the association’s social media sites by any dialogue participants in order to defame the reputation of the association, any individuals or groups of individuals, or any organization or business entity.

FABI does not publish or post profanity or obscene or pornographic communication on its social media sites. We do not tolerate the use of profanity or posting obscene or pornographic images by any participants in the dialogue on the association’s social media sites, whether in a response, comment, or message posting or response.

FABI intends that social media serve as an effective communications tool for the association and will refrain from spamming and other abusive uses of the social media technology/capability. We expect that participants in dialogue on the association’s social media sites will properly use the technology/capabilities as an effective communications tool and will not engage in spam or other misuse of communications technologies/capabilities.

FABI does not tolerate social media dialogue that does not conform to reasonable standards of civility outlined above.  FABI, therefore, will take appropriate steps to ensure that dialogue on the association’s social media sites conform to such behavioral standards.  Such steps may include deleting posts, blocking users, and ending any communication with any user at any time.