Social Media Community Policy

Original publication date: Dec. 10, 2017

The Point/Plover Metro Wire encourages community dialogue and welcomes all to participate in the online conversation, provided the following policy is followed:

Be Nice

Controversial issues are a part of news reporting. We understand some topics may call for bluntness. Please refrain from personal attacks and stay focused on the issue at hand. We will not tolerate name calling, libel, defamation, or hate speech. Anyone posting threatening, harassing, bullying, obscene, pornographic, sexist or racist language will be removed from our social media pages.

False information posted to subvert facts contained within a news article, without proper citation, will not be tolerated.

Keep It Clean

No profanity will be tolerated on Metro Wire social media pages or comment sections. This is a public forum, and we regularly have school-aged children reading our stories and comment sections. Everyone should feel welcome to speak out.

No Plagiarism

A limited number of links to relevant content, or quotes from the relevant work of others’ is permitted with appropriate attribution and any associated copyright notice is permitted. Otherwise, any piece of writing, artwork, or other graphic representation, must be original to the author posting it, or it may be removed.

No Sockpuppets

We have the courage to use our real names when reporting the news, therefore anyone leaving a comment should also use their real name. Comments posted by fictitious social media profiles will be removed.

No Advertising

The Metro Wire social media pages and comment sections are not places for advertising, promotion, recruiting, campaigning, lobbying, soliciting or proselytizing by users.

Elected officials are welcome in the conversation, but may not use the Point/Plover Metro Wire social media comment section to campaign or to amend their quotes contained within news articles.

While this is a public forum, many of our readers do not use social media. Followup news articles, retractions, clarifications, and other information pertaining to the news stories we publish may not be appropriate for social media and may only appear at www.spmetrowire.com.

You Are Solely Responsible For The Content You Post

The Point/Plover Metro Wire is not responsible for the content or opinions posted by users. Due to time constraints, we aren’t always able to review comments quickly, but we reserve the right (but not the obligation) to review, screen, delete, or move any content posted.

Your Comments May Be Used For Publication

However, they may be edited for length.

We are here to serve the public, so we encourage anyone with concerns to contact our newsroom directly. Concerns or complaints posted to social media may not receive the attention they deserve.