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By Peyton Zeigler SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Many companies have rules or guidelines regarding social media, and all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, have a terms-of-use policy. Assistant Professor of public relations at Syracuse University Gina Luttrell said many people don’t read either fully. This can lead to those people getting suspended from their job, or from the platform itself.

Facebook has a statement of rights and responsibilities. At the end of those rights are bullet points hyperlinked with more rules for Facebook. The last subhead was “Community Standards.” This listed everything users can and cannot do on the site and was buried under other terms of service information. However, Twitter addresses what users post in the second heading of their policy page:

“We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power . . . we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.”

But many users don’t take time to read these policies and get in trouble later. Luttrell said people often click “agree to terms” and deal with the consequences later. “It comes back to us being responsible and reading those guidelines,” she said.