Statement regarding responsible use of social media platforms

Posted on October 02, 2019

In light of the recent events in the country regarding gender-based harm and violence against foreign nationals, we would like to urge users of social media to do so responsibly when highlighting issues that relate to violence and discrimination. The University has zero tolerance for discrimination and gender-based violence, however, users should take cognisance of the fact that any dissemination of undesirable content on any public platform will be attributed to that user. This includes liking, sharing retweeting, posting or reacting to any social media activity that constitutes undesirable conduct. The University may take disciplinary steps should users use social media in a manner that has a direct, indirect or potentially negative impact on the University’s reputation or interests. For more information on the University’s social media policy, please click on the link.

The posting of unsubstantiated allegations on social media platforms in general may constitute defamation and could lead to criminal or civil action being taken against users who make such posts.  While freedom of expression is a Constitutional right, so too is the right to be regarded as innocent until proven guilty. The posting of unsubstantiated allegations can create an unsafe environment for individuals who may later be found to be innocent. Thus, you are encouraged to think carefully about the content of any social media post before releasing it into the public sphere.

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