Please note that the Associated Neurologists’ Facebook Page is for informational purposes only and is not to be used for personal medical advice.
General Guidelines for Use of Social Media
- You should not anticipate that online postings will remain private. Please remember that when you post a comment to any form of social media, depending on the Privacy Settings that you have in place, your postings and activities may be available for the public to see. For your own privacy, be careful not to disclose personal identifiable information such as your location, contact information, medical record number, medical history, financial information, other private identifiable information, etc.
- Understand that you are responsible for the content you post and all activity that occurs under your account. The opinions and views expressed by individuals as postings on Associated Neurologists’ social media channels are strictly the responsibility of the commenter(s); they do not represent those of Associated Neurologists’.
- Please note that we cannot respond to every comment, and we do not comment on patients’ medical status. No material of an urgent nature should be submitted. There is no guarantee or expectation of a personal response to any individual submission, regardless of its subject matter. If you need to reach us, please call us at (203) 748-2551.
- Information posted on any of our social media sites should not be considered medical advice and should not replace consultation with a healthcare professional. Associated Neurologists strongly recommends that care and treatment decisions related to any medical condition be made only in consultation with a patient’s physician and other qualified medical professionals.
- The presence of links or postings on our social media sites does not signify an endorsement, and Associated Neurologists is not responsible for any information found on other Web sites and social media sites.
- Please be respectful of others’ comments, points, and opinions. Although we encourage discussion, we will not tolerate offensive, rude, or disparaging language. Defamatory remarks, personal attacks, inappropriate language, spamming, and off-target remarks will not be tolerated. We request and expect that visitors to our social media sites will keep their comments and postings respectful and relevant.
Facebook Privacy Settings
The following provides information concerning the different types of Privacy Settings on Facebook and steps you can take to put them into place:
- Your Facebook Timeline is where all your activity will appear, including new status updates, posts others have tagged you in, etc. Fortunately, you can control your Timeline’s privacy through Facebook’s main Privacy Settings page. This includes the ability to prevent anything from appearing on your Timeline without your consent. (However, importantly, it may still appear on other folks’ pages.)
- One of the benefits of Facebook is the ability to “Like” a Page that you find interesting and helpful, since you’ll then receive regular updates from that Page within your Facebook Newsfeed. The “Liked” Page may also appear in your Facebook Timeline. It’s important to note that people who are visiting a Facebook Page that others have “Liked” may see:
- A list of their own Facebook Friends who have Liked the Page
- What their Facebook Friends are saying about the Page
- Recent Posts to the Page made by others on Facebook
- Privacy settings that concern your personal Facebook Profile are managed directly from your Profile. To review your current privacy settings, go to your Profile, and click on the “About” button. You can then click on the Edit (pencil) icon to the right, and click on “Edit Sections” (see below).
- This will then bring up the “Edit Sections” box, where you can determine which sections you would like to appear on your Facebook Profile, as well as those that you would like to remove from view. For example, in the box below, clicking on the checkbox before “Places” would remove the check. Then after clicking the Save button, “Places” would no longer be viewable on your Profile. You also have the ability to drag sections to reorder how they appear on your Profile.
- Please note, however, that should you choose to hide a particular section from your Profile, individual activities in that section may still be visible from your Timeline, your Newsfeed, or elsewhere on Facebook, depending on your other settings.
Privacy Settings Concerning Your and Others’ Facebook Activities
- If you prefer that only some or all of your Facebook Friends (versus the Public) are able to see your Future Posts, you can manage your Privacy Settings by clicking on the gear icon at the top right of your Facebook Page.
- Then click on “Privacy Settings” from your dropdown menu.
- In the “Who Can See My Stuff” section / “Who can see your Future posts?,” click on Edit (see below). Then click on the Dropdown menu, and select the Audience type that you wish to see your Future Posts. This may include “Only Me,” “Friends,” “Close Friends,” or “Custom.”. Clicking on Custom allows you to further restrict access by creating Lists and/or designating with whom NOT to Share.
BUT –> An Important Caveat: You also have the ability to designate which audience sees your individual postings directly from the Status Box as you write. (More on this in a moment.) But the important point here is that the “Who can see your future posts?” setting that you previously made will change to what you’ve selected for your current individual post and will not revert to your originally selected default afterwards.
- So if you decide to make a single post and set it to “Public” as your audience, you will need to set it back to your preferred audience when making your next post; otherwise, all your future posts will remain “Public.”
- Therefore, if you do decide to change your audience preferences when making individual posts in the Status Box, this default in your Privacy Settings will not be helpful. With that said, however, if you choose not to change your preferred audience with individual posts, this default will remain in place for you.
- You also have the ability to “Share” a Facebook post. As noted above, you can manage the privacy of what you’re sharing by using the Audience Selector right where you post. Click on “Share,” and then click from the dropdown to select your choice.
- When you select “On your own timeline,” click on the “Public” dropdown to change to “Friends,” “Only Me,” “Custom,” or “Close Friends” as shown below.
- Next, “Review all your posts and things you’re tagged in”: This area in the Privacy Settings (see below) will bring you to the Activity Log, where you’ll be able to see every Past Update/Activity on your profile. From within the Activity Log, you can change who on Facebook is able to see your individual updates and whether each update appears on your main Timeline.
Next to each Activity, you’ll see 2 icons (see below), showing you the current Audience for each activity and whether it’s viewable on your Timeline. From here, you can then change such settings for these Past Activities.
- You also have the ability to limit the audience for posts you’ve shared earlier with Friends of Friends or the Public by changing the privacy settings that you have in place for Past Posts. In the “Privacy Settings” area, in the section “Limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with Friends of Friends or Public,” click on “Limit Past Posts.” From here, you can use this option to limit all of your posts to “Friends Only.” Many recommend this option if you’re concerned that some of your Past Posts have been mistakenly marked as Public.
- “Who can look me up?” The privacy settings in this category are pretty intuitive. Your options for “Who can look you up using the email address or phone you provided?” include Friends, Friends of Friends, and Everyone. Note that this applies to those people who cannot already see your email address or number. If you do not “want other search engines to link to your Timeline” and do not want your Facebook profile indexed by Google or other search engines, select “Off” as your option.
Timeline and Tagging Settings
In addition to the Privacy Settings, you’ll also want to review your “Timeline and Tagging Settings,” which determines the content that other people can post as well as tag you in, including status updates, pictures, etc.
These settings give you the ability to:
- Limit who can post on your Timeline
- Manually review and approve posts that your Facebook Friends have tagged you in before they appear on your Timeline. You’ll receive a notification when a friend tags you in a Facebook post. Simply click on “Timeline Review” on the left side of the Activity Log to determine whether you choose to Allow or not to Allow on your Timeline. (Please note that your friend’s posting will still appear on his or her own Timeline. Also, this setting is specific to your Timeline: posts in which you’re tagged may still appear in the Newsfeed, search, and other areas of Facebook.)
- Determine who can see posts you’ve been tagged in on your Timeline and who can see what others have posted on your Timeline. Options include Friends of Friends, Friends, Me Only, Custom, and additional “Lists” available to you based on your Facebook activity and settings.
- Review tags that others have added to your own posts before they appear on Facebook.
- Determine who sees tag recommendations made by Facebook when photos that look like you are uploaded. You’ll want to set this option to “No One” if you’re uncomfortable with Facebook’s ability to scan and match your face on photos that have been uploaded to Facebook.
Blocking Users and Limiting Friend Requests
- Blocking Settings enable you to:
- Add friends to a “Restricted List,” so that they can only see the posts and other activities that you have made Public. Your friends are not notified when you have added them to your Restricted List.
- Block a specific person or persons on Facebook, so that they cannot see your postings and activities on your Timeline, add you as a Friend, begin a discussion with you, or send you an event or group invitation. Importantly, this setting does not apply to groups you may both belong to or games and apps that you may both use on Facebook.
- Block “app invitations” and/or “event invitations” from Facebook friends
- Block specific apps, so that they can no longer contact you or request non-public information from you through Facebook.
–> Importantly, please note that Facebook often makes changes, including to its Privacy Settings. Therefore, it’s also important to check Facebook’s most current information concerning privacy in its Help Center at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/help/.