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A sample social media policy

Drafting a social media policy from scratch is never an easy task. To help you along, here’s a simplified version that you can refer to and adapt for your own.


Social media has become an essential part of how organizations communicate and engage with their audience. It is a powerful tool for building brand awareness, promoting products and services, and connecting with customers. However, social media can also pose risks to an organization’s reputation and brand if not managed correctly. This Social Media Policy is designed to provide guidelines and best practices for employees and contractors who are responsible for managing the organization’s social media accounts.

The policy covers governance structure, resources, community management, publishing, user access, employee use of social media, content guidelines, crisis management, monitoring and reporting, legal considerations, confidentiality and privacy, and training and education. By following these guidelines, employees and contractors can help ensure that social media activities align with the organization’s values and brand guidelines, comply with all applicable laws and regulations, and promote a positive and professional image of the organization.

All employees and contractors with access to the organization’s social media accounts are expected to comply with this policy. Any violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or contract. The Marketing Department will regularly review and update this policy to ensure that it remains relevant and effective in protecting the organization’s reputation and brand.

Governance Structure

The social media accounts of the organization are owned by the Marketing Department. The Marketing Department will be responsible for the content creation, publishing, and community management across all social media platforms.


The organization will use social media management software to schedule and publish content. The Marketing Department will have access to this software. Any agency or freelancer engaged for social media work will have to work with the Marketing Department for all content and posting approvals. The Marketing Department will also establish the tone of voice and templates to be used across all social media channels.

Community Management

All comments, private messages, and mentions will be responded to in a professional and timely manner. The Marketing Department will be responsible for responding to all comments, private messages, and mentions. Negative comments will be addressed only on the organization’s page, and the Marketing Department will not engage with negative comments on other pages.

Monitoring and Reporting

The Marketing Department will monitor all social media accounts regularly to ensure that content is appropriate and aligned with the organization’s values. The Marketing Department will also track engagement and reach metrics to measure the effectiveness of social media campaigns. Reports will be generated periodically to track progress and identify areas for improvement.


All content to be published on social media will be approved by the Marketing Department before posting. Only wall or organic posts will be reviewed before posting. Dark ads will also need approval from the Marketing Department before publishing.

Content Guidelines

All social media content must align with the organization’s values and brand guidelines. Any content that is discriminatory, defamatory, offensive, or violates any laws or regulations will not be permitted. Content that includes profanity or sensitive topics such as religion or politics must be reviewed by the Marketing Department before posting.

User Access

Access to the social media accounts will be granted by the Marketing Department. Training will be provided to all individuals who require access to the social media accounts.

Crisis Management

In the event of a crisis or negative incident involving the organization, the Marketing Department will be responsible for addressing any social media concerns. The Marketing Department will work with relevant departments to develop a crisis communication plan and ensure that all social media responses align with this plan.

Employee Use of Social Media

Employees are encouraged to share organization-related content on their personal social media channels. However, employees should not share any confidential information or engage in any behavior that could be seen as mis-selling, trolling competitors, or using hate speech on their personal social media channels.

Legal Considerations

All social media activity must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards. The Marketing Department will ensure that all content posted on social media is copyright-free and not infringing on any trademarks or intellectual property. Any legal issues or concerns related to social media activity will be immediately reported to the Legal Department.

Confidentiality and Privacy

Employees and contractors with access to the organization’s social media accounts must maintain the confidentiality of all organization-related information. Any personally identifiable information or sensitive data shared on social media must be handled according to the organization’s data privacy policies.

Training and Education

All employees with access to social media accounts will receive training on the organization’s social media policy and guidelines. The Marketing Department will provide regular updates and education to ensure that all employees are aware of any changes or updates to the policy.


Violation of this social media policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. The Marketing Department will review this policy periodically to ensure it remains up-to-date and relevant to the organization’s needs.