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Social Media Agreement – The Menninger Clinic

BY POSTING ON ANY MENNINGER SOCIAL MEDIA SITE YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS. The Menninger Clinic (Menninger) has opened publicly facing pages on social media sites for viewing content and/or videos and posting comments about Menninger. These social media sites include but are not limited to various blogs, bulletin boards, networks, multi-media and news media sites or other user-generated content sites (“Social Media Sites”). By accessing, viewing and/or posting any content related directly or indirectly to Menninger on any Social Media Site on the Internet, you accept, without limitation or qualification, the following terms of use. If you do not agree to the terms of this Agreement, you may not view or post any content to any Social Media Site on the Internet. Your use of Social Media Sites is acceptance of this Agreement and has the same effect as if you had actually physically signed an agreement.

1. If you are a Menninger employee you must adhere to the MENNINGER MEDIA AND SOCIAL NETWORKING POLICY posted on the Menninger Intranet site.

2. You must be at least 18 years old to post any content on any Social Media Site.

3. You acknowledge that the information contained in Menninger-related Internet sites, whether posts or comments, is not intended to serve as advice or a consultation on health or mental health and should not be used for diagnosis, nor should it be considered complete or used in place of a visit, call or consultation with a physician or mental health care provider.

4. Employees, faculty, other representatives of Menninger, including contractors, and active patients and their families are prohibited from posting any content that is personal health information, including patient images on any Social Media Site. Using the Social Media Site to provide medical advice or medical commentary by non-Menninger clinicians or to use the Social Media Site to make, recommend or increase referrals to clinicians who are not employed by Menninger is prohibited.

5. As n invited guest posting content to any Social Media Site on the Internet, you agree you will not: violate any local, state, federal and international laws and regulations, including but not limited to copyright and intellectual property rights laws regarding any content that you send or receive via this Agreement; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, e-mail or otherwise) that is unlawful, disruptive, threatening, profane, abusive, harassing, embarrassing, tortuous, defamatory, obscene, libelous, an invasion of another’s privacy or hateful or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable as solely determined in Menninger’s discretion; impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, e-mail or otherwise) that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, e-mail or otherwise) that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party; transmit (by uploading, posting, e-mail or otherwise) any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising (including advertising of non-Menninger services or products), promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes” or any other form of solicitation; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, e-mail or otherwise) that contains software viruses, worms, disabling code or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware, telecommunications equipment; harass another; or collect, store or attempt to collect or store personal data about third parties without their knowledge or consent; or to share confidential pricing information of any party.

6. Menninger reserves the right to monitor, prohibit, restrict, block, suspend, terminate, delete or discontinue your access to any Social Media Site, at any time, without notice and for any reason and in its sole discretion. Menninger may remove, delete, block, filter or restrict by any other means any materials in Menninger’s sole discretion. You understand and agree that Menninger may disclose your communications and activities with Menninger in response to lawful requests by governmental authorities, including Patriot Act requests, judicial orders, warrants or subpoenas or for the protection of Menninger rights. You agree that in the event that Menninger exercises any of its rights hereunder for any reason, Menninger will have no liability to you.

7. By posting any content on any Social Media Site, you grant to Menninger the irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, publish, display such content and the right to create derivative works from your content, edit or modify such content and use such content for any Menninger purpose.

8. You shall defend, indemnify and hold Menninger and its corporate affiliates and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, successors and assigns harmless from and against, and shall promptly reimburse them for, any and all losses, claims, damages, settlements, costs and liabilities of any nature whatsoever (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) to which any of them may become subject arising out of, based upon, as a result of or in any way connected with your posting of any content to a Social Media Site, any third party claims of infringement or any breach of this Agreement.

9. YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY RELATED TO THE SECURITY, PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY RISKS INHERENT IN SENDING ANY CONTENT OVER THE INTERNET. By its very nature, a Web site AND THE INTERNET cannot be absolutely protected against intentional or malicious intrusion attempts. Menninger does not control the THIRD PARTY SITES AND THE Internet over which you may choose to send confidential personal or health information OR OTHER CONTENT and, therefore, MENNINGER DOES NOT WARRANT ANY SAFEGUARD AGAINST ANY such interceptions or compromises to your information. When posting any content on an Internet site, you should think carefully about your own privacy in disclosing detailed or private information about yourself and your family. FURTHERMORE, MENNINGER DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY PRODUCT, SERVICE, VIEWS OR CONTENT DISPLAYED ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE.

10. You agree that any claim or dispute relating to your posting of any content on a Social Media Site on the Internet shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas without regard to its conflict of laws or provisions and you agree to be bound and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the local, state or federal courts located in Harris County, Texas.

11. You may not provide any content to a Social Media Site that contains any product or service endorsements or any content that may be construed as political lobbying, solicitations or contributions; use the Social Media Site to link to any sites for political candidates or parties; or use the Social Media Site to discuss political campaigns.

12. THIS POLICY MAY BE UPDATED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE, AND EACH TIME A USER ACCESSES A SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE, THE NEW AGREEMENT WILL GOVERN USAGE, EFFECTIVE UPON POSTING. To remain in compliance, Menninger suggests that you review the Agreement, as well as the other Web site policies, at regular intervals. By continuing to post any content after such new terms are posted, you accept and agree to any and all such modifications to this Policy.

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