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Using social media safely

Using social media safely 

We have a responsibility to ensure our online spaces are as safe – and uphold the same values – as our offline spaces.

As a general rule, if you have to think about whether what you’re posting is appropriate, it’s probably not worth the risk. It’s important that whatever you share doesn’t jeopardise your personal security, operational security, or the reputation of the Royal Navy.

Want more information about what’s safe to post? Take a look at the Government Guide

House rules

We monitor our social media channels daily to ensure these rules are being followed. If you do not follow our house rules, your post will be deleted and reported.

We will not tolerate any form of intimidation, humiliation, harassment, bullying or abuse. Hate crime on our channels, will be reported to the police, your post will be deleted and you will be blocked from our platforms.

Please do not share:

  • Future ship or submarine movements and port visits - this endangers the safety of the crew. Once this information is officially made public, you can discuss.
  • Offensive or threatening language (including swearwords)
  • Potentially libellous accusations
  • Words or sentences in languages other than English
  • Intentionally unconstructive, off-topic or disruptive comments (while we welcome differing views and debate, please be respectful of other users)
  • Shameless plugs of unrelated products of services or spam
  • Overtly political statements
  • Any form of gaming, lottery or betting
  • Any unlawful use of imagery that violates copyright or breach of a licence agreement
  • Any use of images that may be considered abusive, offensive, indecent or obscene
  • Links to sites that may be obscene, offensive, indecent etc.
  • Any discussion of ongoing legal proceedings may be contempt of court and will be deleted.

Safety in social media

Operational security

Whether you are serving personnel, their friends or family, it’s important that you avoid posting any information online that might compromise an operation or put personnel in danger, including photos or videos.

What does that include? Basically, anything that may be of use to an enemy - from plans, locations and schedules, to technical information, equipment status and event unit morale. Remember, if in doubt, ask for approval from your Chain of Command before you post.

Personal security

Your use of social media can have security implications, so make sure you don’t share too much personal information.

First of all, like all users, you need to understand each site’s privacy policy. It’s also important that you only have people you know on your friends list and that only they can see the content you post. On the internet, people might not be who they say they are, so make sure you verify the identity of everyone you add.

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