Social Media & Commenting Policy
AOS shares Society news and promotes ornithology in general and the activities of our members in particular through our Twitter (@AmOrnith), Facebook (AmOrnith), and Instagram (@AmOrnith) accounts. AOS social media activities are organized and coordinated by an individual (or individuals) specifically designated by AOS Executive Director (e.g., Communications Manager). Specific policies relating to each can be found in greater detail, below.
AOS may share published research and other publicly available items via our social media platforms without seeking consent from the authors. AOS members wishing to have specific work or content of theirs promoted via AOS social media platforms are encouraged to contact AOS via platform-specific direct message or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following of other accounts on social media reflects the multiple goals of the Society’s social media activity, including sharing news, promoting ornithology, and connecting with membership and affiliated peer groups. On all social media platforms, who to “follow” is at the discretion of the Communications Manager; however, the Society aims to follow AOS members, non-members who use their accounts professionally in the context of ornithology, and organizations with aligned missions. Members wishing to be followed should be sure to include their social media information in their AOS account (https://my.americanornithology.org/; select My Account / Edit Profile). Requests to be followed can also be made by Direct Message (within platform) or via email (email@example.com). Note that following by AOS does not indicate endorsement of content and is not guaranteed.
Who is posting?
AOS social media accounts only feature content approved and/or created by the Communications Manager, or pre-appointed ‘guest’ accounts for AOS members (e.g., ‘takeover’ events). Posts by guest users will be clearly marked as such, and content will be moderated by the Communications Manager to ensure compliance with guidelines for guest users.
We encourage participation from all in conversations on AOS’s social media platforms, including blog posts. In particular, AOS encourages its members to participate on its social media platforms, and the goal of this policy is to facilitate a lively and respectful conversation about science, professional development, and ornithology. AOS reserves the right to delete or hide comments (as appropriate, per platform) that could be constituted as spam (i.e. content that is irrelevant to the conversation), or which violate the AOS Code of Professional Conduct.
Conduct in the Online Realm
AOS reserves the right to unfollow or block accounts. Reasons for unfollowing or blocking may include, but are not strictly limited to: violation of Twitter’s rules and policies, including harassment and threats of violence; and violations (on- or off-line) of AOS’s Code of Professional Conduct. Extended and egregious harassment (e.g., abusive direct messages) may also induce unfollowing. Potential violations of AOS’s Code of Professional Conduct by AOS members should be reported promptly and will be reviewed by the AOS Ethics Committee or their designee before formal action is taken. Online activities by members that violate the Code of Professional Conduct may also result in disciplinary action leading to revocation of AOS membership.