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Montana Freemason  July 2014	  Volume 90 Number 2

Social Media Code of Conduct for Montana Freemasons (ADOPTED)

When participating on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, (and others), including blogs and on-
line Forums, Freemasons should strive to make that attention as positive as possible. When we represent
ourselves as members of the fraternity, we become someone’s impression of Freemasonry. As such, it is
important that we act accordingly and subscribe to the lessons we were all taught as Freemasons in terms of
how we communicate and interact with Masons and non-Masons.

Masonic Communication, oral, written or electronic should display dignity, courtesy, fraternal respect,
consideration of privacy rights, tolerance and respect for religious, political and other views. Grand
Jurisdictions can apply penalties as described within their various Constitutions relating to trial, suspension,
and or expulsion for un-Masonic behavior. Remember that the public and members of the Fraternity are
reading on-line posts.

• Freemasons should conduct Social Media activities in a way that reflects membership in the Craft,
acting in a way that presents a positive image of the fraternity; avoiding private piques and quarrels;
being cautious in behavior; courteous to our brethren and promote the general good and to preserve the
reputation of the fraternity.

• Postings should not bring discredit to Freemasonry nor should they fit within the definition of Un-
Masonic Conduct as defined by the member jurisdiction. Conduct contrary to the accepted and customary
rule of right and duty between Freemason’s, or to society in general is improper.

• Freemasons need to be aware that postings are a permanent record; and therefore an individual’s conduct
may influence the world with a positive or negative image about the individual and also about Freemasonry.
Postings and actions on the various Social Media outlets should reflect the highest standards of morality
and integrity that Freemasons practice within the Lodge.

• Lodge notices, and information contained within Lodge notices beyond the time and place of meetings,
should not be discussed. There should never be discussion related to petitions, applications, background
checks or investigation of an applicant. There should never be a discussion regarding balloting on an

• It is improper to identify any Freemason as a member of the Craft unless he has provided his consent
or has already identified himself as such. It is improper to post of images, video, recordings, etc. of other
Masons without their consent. Posts must comply with the Grand Constitutions, rules, regulations, and
edicts of the Jurisdiction.

• Postings that are anonymous or posted by fictitious names should be avoided rather than encouraged.
Participation in discussions with those who most often are looking for discussions outside of what is
Masonically acceptable should also be avoided.

• To ensure our fraternity represents itself to the high standards we believe in we must regulate our actions
by individual restraint and through Brother-to-Brother intervention. As a Freemason, advise a Brother if
what he has posted is improper within the framework of our Grand Constitutions, laws, rules, regulations,
edicts and the general regulations of Freemasonry.

• Contact and communication with other Grand Lodges or their subordinate or concordant Lodges must
be conducted through the Office of the Grand Secretary.

• Freemasonry in North America is governed by independent legislative bodies known as Grand Lodges
who exercise absolute Masonic authority within a State or Province. Only Grand Lodges can make
authoritative statements, and these apply only to their members.

Think Freemasonry in our minds; Feel Freemasonry in our hearts; Live Freemasonry in our daily lives!

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