Facebook users will no-doubt be aware that the Village Facebook Group was suspended on Thursday morning. This followed a series of unconnected events in which villagers either posted inappropriate content or were affected by material posted by someone else. Each incident required the intervention of the Facebook Admin. The cumulative effect was such that by Thursday morning it was decided to suspend the platform to allow things to cool off.
The Village Facebook Group has been very good for the village. With around 650 members it is a great way to spread the word and keep people up-to-date about things happening in our community. Typically, the group polices itself very well. Most people know when they’re overstepping the mark. They either think twice before posting or delete their own content soon after adding it.
Sadly, some people occasionally use Facebook to air grievances, posting inappropriate or provocative statements. This is not acceptable. Nor will it be tolerated. The Village Group exists for the positive benefit of the entire community – not as a platform to make needlessly inflammatory comments.
The Group will remain closed for the next few days. Until then I encourage everyone who uses Facebook to keep the following in mind:
Be Respectful: Treat others with kindness and respect, even when you disagree. Constructive criticism is always welcome, but please do not engage in personal attacks.
Focus on Solutions: If you have an issue or concern, try to identify solutions or seek assistance from the community rather than dwelling on the problem.
Spread Positivity: Share uplifting stories, experiences, and ideas that inspire and support fellow members of our community.
Use Discretion: Before posting, take a moment to consider the potential impact of your words on others. Would it contribute positively to the community?
Report Concerns: If you come across any content that violates our community guidelines, please report it to the moderators for review.*
By adhering to these guidelines, we can continue fostering a useful community space where everyone feels valued, welcome and empowered.
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