Social media policies in leading mainstream news organisations

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This is a curated list of public-facing social media policies available in Australia; Britain; Canada; Ireland, Italy, Spain and the U.S.

I set this page up as part of my earlier forays into academic research and it’s intended to help newsrooms and educators inform new and student journalists of best practices around social media.

Please contact me on Twitter if you have more entries I can add!

*The guidelines must be publicly available online to be included*

ABC Australia Exhaustive and excellent Older version 

Agence France Presse  Updated version Older version

Associated Press Exhaustive and excellent – particularly on retweets. Bookmark


2020 guidance / Virtue signalling

2019 guidance / Be aware of risks

2015 guidance / Don’t do anything stupid

BuzzFeed Useful information on audience

CBC Canada Updated 2017 – new link added 2019

CAJ Canada Last updated 2011


ESPN Must for aspiring sports journos Updated 2017 

Globe and Mail  Updated 2017

IPSO UK Independent Press Standards Organization Updated 2016

LA Times  No public update since 2009

La Stampa, Italy English translation (c/o Alessandro Cappai) Updated 2016

New York Times Updated 2017

NPR Comprehensive and clear



RTÉ 2021 much more specific

RTÉ  2013 – very general guidance

RTDNA No date

SKY News 2014/2015

Washington Post Last updated 2011  Article about proposed (and contested) changes 2017

Wall Street Journal 2009 Memo to WSJ Staff 2017