Intent

The Invisible Disabilities® Association’s social media pages, profiles, presences and communities are intended to be safe places for people living with invisible disabilities and those who care about them to engage in respectful conversations that honor each person’s experiences and beliefs.

Guidelines

IDA does not censor or police personal ideas or experiences shared on its social media, but does its best to keep behavior within these stated Guidelines. IDA reserves the right to remove questionable comments including (but not limited to) anything that:

  • infringes on legal rights of content ownership, or otherwise indicates participation in, suggestion or encouragement of any illegal activity,
  • promotes or sells vitamins/drugs/healthcare products or services,
  • promotes false or unproven claims about invisible disabilities and/or products/services related to treatment of people living with invisible disabilities,
  • makes a knowingly false accusation of IDA, its staff, volunteers, sponsors or partners,
  • is unsolicited bulk or repeat messages (spam or flooding),
  • is hateful, defamatory, inaccurate, vulgar, threatening, obscene, profane or pornographic; incites violence,
  • becomes argumentative in nature,
  • is a personal attack (including but not limited to instigation, accusation, bullying, intimidation, invasion of privacy, harassment),
  • violates Facebook’s, Twitter’s or any social platform’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, or
  • Is otherwise in violation of any law.

If behavior falls outside of these IDA Guidelines, individuals will be permanently banned / removed from our social media at our discretion.

Facebook

IDA’s Facebook pages, like other public online forums, shouldn’t require constant moderation given responsible participation. Please handle personal issues through personal messages, or use Facebook’s tools to block unwanted messages or individuals. Violations of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities should be reported to Facebook through their Flag and Report tools. Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

Twitter

IDA’s Twitter pages, like other public online forums, shouldn’t require constant moderation given responsible participation. Please handle personal issues through personal messages, or use Twitter’s tools to block unwanted messages or individuals. Violations of Twitter’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities should be reported to Twitter through their Flag and Report tools. Twitter’s Terms of Service.

Privacy

As a reminder, your activity on social media is public – regardless of your privacy settings or IDA’s page settings, your activity on IDA’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. is visible to all (and likely searchable on Google) – whether or not the user is your Facebook Friend, Twitter Follower, YouTube Subscriber, etc. By sharing information or content on social media, you are forfeiting your right to privacy. Please protect yourself. Never share your street address, social security number, birth date or other personal information that could be used to impersonate you.

Disclaimers

User references, posts and comments made on social media are not endorsed or recommended by the Invisible Disabilities® Association. IDA is not responsible for any user or “off‐site” information referenced by or linked to/ from social media. Refer to IDA’s Legal Notice for further details and please carefully research all shared opinions and advice through expert sources and consultation with your healthcare or legal team.

As it is impossible for IDA to respond on a regular basis to individual postings on our social media, please check IDA websites for updates or questions about breaking or evolving invisible disability news. Thanks for your continued support of the invisible disabilities movement!

IDA reserves the right to modify the social media policy at any time without notice.