Social Media Policy

 
 

This is the official policy for all NVIDIA employees or representatives who use social media to discuss topics related to NVIDIA, its technology, its partners or the markets in which we operate. Social media includes blogs, wikis, social networks, forums, virtual worlds, and any other kind of online community or publishing platform – both on and off nvidia.com. This policy will be updated periodically, so check back occasionally to make sure you're up to date.

Principles for Online Engagement

If you participate in social media, follow these guiding principles:

  • Understand and follow the NVIDIA Code of Conduct and the NVIDIA Privacy Policy
  • Stick to your area of expertise
  • When mentioning NVIDIA, disclose that you are an employee and that your opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the company (unless authorized)
  • Post meaningful, respectful comments—do not post spam, offensive or derogatory remarks
  • Always pause and think before posting
  • It’s critically important to respect proprietary information, content, and confidentiality.
  • Do not post about unannounced products or technologies.
  • Avoid mudslinging or otherwise disrespecting our competitors.
  • When disagreeing with others' opinions, keep it appropriate and polite

10 Rules to Keep in Mind

Maintain Transparency - If you are blogging, tweeting or otherwise publishing on social media about your work at NVIDIA, disclose your real name, identify that you work for NVIDIA and be clear about your role. If you have a vested interest in something you are discussing, be the first to point it out to maintain credibility. You still need to keep confidentiality around proprietary information and content.

Carefully Communicate - Make sure your efforts to be transparent do not violate NVIDIA's privacy, confidentiality, and legal guidelines for external commercial speech. All statements must be true and not misleading and all claims must be substantiated and approved. Never comment on anything related to legal matters or litigation without the approval of Corporate Communications and the Legal Department. Do not post about forward looking information.

Stick To What You Know - If you contribute content to social media, only write and post about your areas of expertise, especially as related to NVIDIA and our technology. If you publish to a website outside NVIDIA, use an appropriate disclaimer stating that your views do not represent NVIDIA. If you have any questions, contact the NVIDIA Legal Department.

You Are Part of A Broader Organization - Just by identifying yourself as an NVIDIA employee, you are creating perceptions about your expertise and NVIDIA. Remember, what you say or write is a reflection on NVIDIA.

Use a Conversational Tone - Talk to your readers like you talk to real people. Show your personality. Produce content that you’d enjoy reading. The best content is open-ended and makes readers want to respond.

Accountability - What you write is ultimately your responsibility. Participation in social media as it relates to NVIDIA is not a right but an opportunity, requiring you to be mindful and thoughtful when publishing online. Understand and follow the NVIDIA Code of Conduct, the NVIDIA Privacy Policy, and any terms and conditions for third-party sites on which you engage. NVIDIA holds accountable any employees who violate this policy.

The Manager Rule - If you're about to publish something that feels uncomfortable, reflect on whether to post it. Ask yourself, “If my manager saw this, would I be embarrassed or worried?” If you're still unsure, discuss it with them or the Legal Department.

The Internet is Global - Exercise good judgment when responding to questions that have global significance. NVIDIA is a global company, with customers around the world. The way that you answer an online question might be accurate in some parts of the world, but inaccurate (or even illegal) in others.

The Internet is Forever - When you publish information online, it is cached and becomes part of a permanent record. Efforts to “remove/delete” it or attempt to make it anonymous may work in one area but not all.

Your Job Comes First - NVIDIA understands that you can engage in productive social media activities at work, and these activities may be helpful for NVIDIA. However, exercise sound judgment and common sense to prevent social media from becoming a distraction.

It is important to understand and apply these rules and principles when using social media. Failure to follow this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.¹

A Handy (Non-Comprehensive) List of Do’s and Don’ts

    Do: Provide responses in technical forum threads about NVIDIA, when you’re a subject-matter expert, and disclose your relationship to NVIDIA.
    Don’t: Anonymously communicate within a forum about NVIDIA products.
    Do: Tweet about your part in helping launch new NVIDIA technologies.
    Don’t: Tweet about unannounced products, or otherwise proprietary information.
    Do: Clarify misinformation about NVIDIA within a comment thread.
    Don’t: Attack or spam NVIDIA competitors online.
    Do: Write in a colorful, interesting way that you’d look forward to reading.
    Don’t: Use language that others might find disparaging or profane.
¹ This policy in no way limits NVIDIA employees and representatives from speaking about working conditions or other work related matters as permitted by law.

 
 
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