Social Media Policy

Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) has opened publicly facing pages on social media sites for viewing content and/or videos and posting comments related to LSMS and its members. These social media sites include but are not limited to various blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, hereinafter referred to as “Social Media Sites”. By accessing, viewing and/or posting any content related directly or indirectly to LSMS on any Social Media Site, you accept, without limitation or qualification, the following terms of use. Your engagement with any LSMS Social Media Site constitutes acceptance of this Policy.

  1. As a guest to any LSMS Social Media Site, you agree that you will not: violate any local, state, federal and international laws and regulations, including but not limited to copyright and intellectual property rights laws regarding any content that you send or receive via this Policy; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that is unlawful, disruptive, threatening, profane, abusive, harassing, embarrassing, tortuous, defamatory, obscene, libelous, or is an invasion of another's privacy, is hateful or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable as solely determined in LSMS’s discretion; impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party; transmit (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising (including advertising of non LSMS services or products), promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes" or any other form of solicitation; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that contains software viruses, worms, disabling code, or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; harass another; or collect or store, or attempt to collect or store, personal data about third parties without their knowledge or consent; or to share confidential pricing information of any party.

  2. LSMS reserves the right to monitor, prohibit, restrict, block, suspend, terminate, delete, or discontinue your access to any Social Media Site, at any time, without notice and for any reason in its sole discretion. LSMS may remove, delete, block, filter or restrict by any other means any materials in LSMS’s sole discretion. You understand and agree that LSMS may disclose your communications and activities with LSMS in response to lawful requests by governmental authorities, including Patriot Act requests, judicial orders, warrants or subpoenas, or for the protection of LSMS rights. You agree that in the event LSMS exercises any of its rights hereunder for any reason, LSMS shall have no liability to you.

  3. By posting any content on any Social Media Site, you grant to LSMS the irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, publish, display such content and the right to create derivative works from your content, edit or modify such content and use such content for any LSMS purpose.

  4. You shall defend, indemnify, and hold LSMS and its corporate affiliates and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, successors and assigns harmless from and against, and shall promptly reimburse them for, any and all losses, claims, damages, settlements, costs, and liabilities of any nature whatsoever (including reasonable attorneys' fees) to which any of them may become subject arising out of, based upon, as a result of, or in any way connected with, your posting of any content to a Social Media Site, any third party claims of infringement or any breach of this Policy.

  5. You expressly acknowledge that you assume all responsibility related to the security, privacy, and confidentiality risks inherent in sending and/or receiving any content via the internet and/or Social Media Sites. By its very nature, a website, Social Media Site, and/or the internet cannot be absolutely protected against intentional or malicious intrusion attempts. LSMS does not control the third party sites and/or the internet over which you may choose to send confidential personal or health information or other content and, therefore, LSMS does not warrant safeguard against any such interceptions or compromises to your information. When posting any content on a Social Media Site, you should think carefully about your own privacy in disclosing detailed or private information about yourself and your family.

Please note that this policy may be updated at any time without notice, and each time a user accesses a Social Media Site, the policy will govern usage effective upon engagement. To remain in compliance, LSMS recommends that you review the Policy, as well as the any other website policies, at regular intervals. By continuing to post any content after such new terms are posted, you accept and agree to any and all such modifications to this Policy.