Online Social Networks- Risk and Your Non Profit

We came across a great article from the Non Profit Risk Management newsletter that shares the Online Social Networking Risks and give helpful tips on how to minimize them.

Online Social Networks, CyberRisk and Your Nonprofit: What You Need to Know
By Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq. and A.J. Zottola, Esq.

Online social networking sites, such as the popular offerings provided by MYSPACE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and LINKEDIN, offer new ways for nonprofits to connect and interact with key stakeholder groups and the community at-large. An online networking site can offer opportunities and rewards due to the ease with which a nonprofit can rapidly spread or easily target a message or communication. Incorporating the use of social media and online networking sites into a nonprofit’s larger communication or marketing strategies, however, raises a number of potential legal risks and associated liability exposure. With advance planning, these risks can be managed effectively. The following is a non-exhaustive list of legal tips and issues to consider in connection with using social networking sites or social media either to create/manage content or to send or sponsor content. The following tips also can be considered with respect to the types of policies and guidelines to implement with stakeholders who connect with your nonprofit through an online social networking site.

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