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DC Realizing Some Freelancers Shouldn't Be Around Social Media

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LOLtron

Rain Partier

Postby LOLtron » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:40 pm

DC Realizing Some Freelancers Shouldn't Be Around Social Media

The publisher sent freelancers social media and press guidelines.



Source: DC Email

Unaware for years that it had an HR department, DC Comics rediscovered its own company policy regarding social media this week. The publisher sent its freelancers a mass e-mail this week reminding them of their responsibility regarding online ettiquette.

While not outright saying it, this policy reminder comes in response to Ethan Van Sciver's social media activity. The artist has a storied history with social media, like the time he told someone to kill themselves or his questionable Facebook posts

While it's all fine and dandy that DC has these policies in place, it's unknown what repercussions, if any, would happen if a freelancer breaks this policy. Though, the real question is if the only real response to someone aligning themselves with the alt-right is sending out a mass email, then what is there to worry about?

The email is reprinted below.

Dear DC Talent Community –

The comic book industry is a very special creative community dedicated to telling epic and legendary stories of action, heroism and intrigue with a rich and diverse portfolio of characters. Both DC's employees, as well as its extended family of freelance talent, contribute to our success and are direct reflections of our company, characters and comics.

As such, DC expects that its employees and freelance talent community maintain a high level of professionalism as well as reasonable and respectful behavior when engaging in online activities. Comments that may be considered defamatory, libelous, discriminatory, harassing, hateful, or that incite violence are unacceptable and may result in civil or criminal action.

In addition, comments that may be considered insulting, cruel, rude, crass and mean spirited are against company policy and guidelines. We ask, and expect, that you will help to create an online environment that is inclusive, supportive and safe.

Below you will find the most current version of the company's social media guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact DC Talent Relations department so that we can be of assistance.

DC Entertainment Social Media Guidelines for Talent

This policy has been developed to empower DC Talent to participate in social media activities, represent their creative endeavors well and share their passion for DC's characters, stories and brands. We recognize the vital importance of online social communities and this policy reflects our commitment to the best possible use of social media. Below are DC's recommended guidelines when partaking in social media.

Stay positive when you post and we also recommend that you avoid negative comments in this very public forum.

You may want to refrain from engaging with individuals who may be speaking negatively about you, other talent, DC, our fans and the comics industry as this is a no-win situation.

If there has been a personal threat to you or those around you then in addition to alerting DC, please involve the proper law enforcement authorities.

Use good judgment when posting, reposting and liking comments, photos and videos as these may have unintended consequences.

Talent should take special care when using social media to ensure that comments and postings made by you are not associated with DC.

Under all circumstances, please indicate that you do work for DC, but that your comments are your own and do not reflect those of the company.

The internet is permanent regardless of "privacy settings" or other limits you may try to place on your posting. Think before you post, comment, retweet or like something.

Do not reveal plot points, storylines or launch timing — including photos or video of in-progress assets, artwork, story outlines, scripts, panels, announcement details, etc. without coordinating with DC Publicity. Members of the press may follow you on social media, and your posts can — and probably will — become news.

Don't break news on social media. If you have any questions on what you can or can't post on any platform, DC Publicity or Talent Relations departments are available to assist.

If you'd like to share DC news on your social pages, we recommend sharing news from DCComics.com, DCE-sanctioned social media pages and other news widely reported on credible news outlets.

If you are contacted by members of the press or asked to participate in an interview about your work for DC, please coordinate this with the DC Publicity department so that news can be rolled out in an orchestrated fashion and elevated on DC digital and social channels as well.

And finally, we recognize that there can be a dark side to social media and to that end if you feel that you are being harassed or bullied through social media channels because of your work for DC or your association with us, please feel free to contact the DC Talent Relations department so that we can be of assistance.



Written or Contributed by Tim Midura




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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:25 pm

Nothing there but common sense.
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Clockwork_Fish

cheese

Postby Clockwork_Fish » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:07 pm

Amoebas wrote:Nothing there but common sense.


Hence why it took DC so long to articulate it.

Mind you, Marvel are worse. They should tape something like this to every flat surface in Dan Slott's workspace.
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Rebirth NoctourneM

Rain Partier

Postby Rebirth NoctourneM » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:23 pm

Clockwork_Fish wrote:
Hence why it took DC so long to articulate it.

Mind you, Marvel are worse. They should tape something like this to every flat surface in Dan Slott's workspace.


I wish he'd tweet more, less time spent writing spider man.

Hyperstorm

Inhouser

Postby Hyperstorm » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:14 am

Clockwork_Fish wrote:
Hence why it took DC so long to articulate it.

Mind you, Marvel are worse. They should tape something like this to every flat surface in Dan Slott's workspace.

The thing about common sense is that there should be no need to articulate it.

Hyperstorm

Inhouser

Postby Hyperstorm » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:14 am

Clockwork_Fish wrote:
Hence why it took DC so long to articulate it.

Mind you, Marvel are worse. They should tape something like this to every flat surface in Dan Slott's workspace.

The thing about common sense is that there should be no need to articulate it.
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achilles

Rain Partier

Postby achilles » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:23 am

Hyperstorm wrote:The thing about common sense is that there should be no need to articulate it.


You just did. Twice.
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SporkBot

Swedish Pinata of Death

Postby SporkBot » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:23 am

Clockwork_Fish wrote:Hence why it took DC so long to articulate it.


They are slow on the uptake in so, so many respects, aren't they?

Mind you, Marvel are worse. They should tape something like this to every flat surface in Dan Slott's workspace.


I can't say about "worse", but making Captain America a Nazi does sound like the total opposite of common sense.
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IvCNuB4

Staff Writer

Postby IvCNuB4 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:36 pm

Hyperstorm wrote:The thing about common sense is that there should be no need to articulate it.


You would think so but not everyone sees things in quite the same way. I've worked for Global Corporations for years. The email that DC sent out was quite common for all of those employers especially if you were in any type of position where you spoke for, or dealt with customers in, any type of service, product or Business Unit. We don't know if that DC email has been sent out prior to this but clearly this version has been (re)worded to address things like the Van Sciver situation. I would also guess that this was sent out to preemptively head off any new or future types of situations like this.
The comics/publishing industry probably has their own set of protocols to handle this but I would assume that whatever action DC is taking against Van Sciver would most likely be handled separately and in not such a public manner, at least until it's resolved.
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oogy

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Postby oogy » Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:36 pm

People are awful.
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Chessack

Great Scott!!!

Postby Chessack » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:55 pm

Wow that is surprisingly professional and level-headed.

I would never have expected it from a comic-book company.

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