jamiecking76 wrote:What is the church's stand about having Facebook Groups, Facebook pages, or Facebook Lists? I don't know what is acceptable and what's not. I was counselled by one of the brethren that we're not supposed to have a separate page. I currently have started a personal group on Facebook. There's no page to go along with it. It's just so that anything that comes up with the ward, I can post announcements in case they don't get the announcement thru the ward website or if there is a topic that we want to post to each other.
The official policy is found in Handbook 2, Section 21.1.22
For wards and stakes, a relevant paragraph from the policy is: "Stake and ward Web sites may be created only by using the official Church Internet resources. Stakes and wards are not authorized to create other Web sites or blogs or otherwise have a Church-sponsored presence on the Internet." As with all policies, those with priesthood keys should make themselves familiar with the policy and then interpret it for their particular areas of stewardship.
It seems clear that a ward cannot have an official Facebook page, but if a ward member chooses to have a Facebook page that facilitates communication, that is in more of a gray area. In any case, all public postings of any kind that deal with Church units should respect the privacy and safety of all concerned, particularly youth and children.