Brands must protect users and their own reputations on social networks, according to Moderation in Social Networks, a new white paper from eModeration

The paper, written by eModerations CEO, Tamara Littleton, guides brands through the following issues: The status quo: is content safe on social networks? This includes a brief look at some of the complex legal issues surrounding the responsibility for areas including users safety and defamation.

Who is responsible for keeping users safe? This lays out what brands should know about what the big four networks are doing to ensure safety on their sites.
What is the risk to a brand? This section takes brands through the potential risks and pitfalls of a social network campaign (focusing on user safety and brand reputation).
The rules on social networks. Each of the big four social networks has a different set of rules and processes to follow when engaging with users. This section gives a detailed breakdown of what each of the four sites does and doesnt allow; and a guide to best practice for brands on moderating content on each.

Should a brand moderate a third-party site? This is the big question for many brands. This section of the paper lays out questions brands should ask themselves, such as how far it knows (and trusts) its audience; what the risk might be to a brands reputation of being associated with negative content; and how to protect users.
Can brands stop people saying negative things about them? There is a very clear difference between moderation and censorship. Brands must be prepared to take negative comments on the chin, but they dont have to put up with abusive posts.

What should a brand look for when moderating content? The obvious areas are bullying, abuse or illegal content. But there are other, less obvious pitfalls such as avatar images, swear-words in user names, harassment messages, spam and off-topic posts.

Tamara Littleton, CEO of eModeration, says: There is little or no consistency between the processes of the major social networks and this can be a minefield for brands. Marketing to consumers on social networks is a fast-growing area for brands. The aim of this guide is to arm brands with the knowledge they need to deal with user-generated content on social network pages.

The white paper is the latest in the series of white papers from eModeration, available from its website: http://www.emoderation.com/about/publications.

For a free copy of Moderation in Social Networks, visit http://www.emoderation.com/Moderation%20in%20Social%20Networks.pdf/view.

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About eModeration
Founded in 2002, eModeration Limited is an international, specialist user generated content moderation company. It provides multilingual community management and content moderation to clients in the entertainment and digital publishing industry and major corporate clients hosting online communities and consumer-driven ad campaigns.

eModeration’s team of moderators and staff are the key to eModeration’s success and excellent client list. eModeration draws on the expertise of carefully recruited and trained moderators located mainly in the US and Europe with specialist editorial and community moderation skills, which are matched uniquely to the client. The company can provide moderation in more than 30 languages. All its moderators are managed online from eModeration’s headquarters in London, United Kingdom.
For further press information, or to speak to Tamara Littleton at eModeration, please contact:

Kate Hartley
Carrot Communications
Tel: +44 (0)771 406 5233
E: emoderation@carrotcomms.co.uk
Twitter : @katehartley

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