Those who use social media as a news platform should follow the journalism code of ethics.
We respect the rights of people involved in the news.
We give people, companies or organizations that are publicly accused or criticized opportunity to respond before we publish those criticisms or accusations. We make a genuine and reasonable effort to contact them, and if they decline to comment, we say so.
We do not refer to a person’s race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender self-identification orphysical ability unless it is pertinent to the story.
We avoid stereotypes of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status. And we take particular care in crime stories.
We take special care when reporting on children or those who are otherwise unable to give consent to be interviewed.
We do not allow our own biases to impede fair and accurate reporting.
We respect each person’s right to a fair trial.