Grand Lodge Social Media Guidelines

Grand Lodge of Washington Social Media Guidelines

The Grand Lodge of Washington recognizes that the use of social media has grown exponentially in recent years and has a goal of supporting the appropriate, regular and extensive use of these communication media. Many Brethren regularly connect by social media platforms. Remember members of the general public as well as the Masonic Fraternity are reading your posts online. As Masons, we must be mindful that our individual postings not only reflect our own individual character but reflect on Freemasonry across the Grand Jurisdiction, our nation, and the world at large. We must be aware that our postings are a permanent record; therefore, our conduct with a positive or negative post may influence the world opinion about not only the author, but the organizations to which he belongs.

For example, posting a comment related to the Fraternity and then later posting a separate, disparaging comment about a social or political stance can easily be misconstrued by readers that your stance is representative of Masonry and all Masons.

Ultimately, because you are a Mason, your actions online should promote the highest standards of civility, morality and integrity. A Mason is always a Mason and should always conduct himself as a Mason in all of his interactions regardless of whether those interactions are in person, or through social media. This includes compliance with the Washington Masonic Code and all of your obligations.

Social Media Guidelines:

A Mason:
1. Should conduct himself with the same courtesy on social media as he would in front of the general public;
2. Should never use disparaging comments, obscene, vulgar, etc. when posting; including, but not limited to, graphics, photographs, video and audio recordings which may be referred to in your posts;
3. Must never post “ritual” or “tiled” information;

4. Should not use social media to obtain personal advantage in promoting political, religious or business activities by targeting other Masons; and

5. Should not use social media to contact other Grand Jurisdictions unless you are also a member of that Grand Jurisdiction. Remember, all inter-jurisdictional communication is to be conducted by and between Grand Secretaries.

6.Masonic pages are to be supportive of the organization and its members, promote upcoming events, discuss past events, video sharing and discussion of times of fellowship and promotion of Masonic bodies.

7. A Lodge maintaining a social media page or platform should always ensure a minimum of two (2) officers have all necessary usernames and passwords and are established “administrators” of said page or platform.

The Washington Masonic Code prohibits certain actions including:
Discussion or other sharing of information regarding an application, background or investigation of an applicant for the Degrees of Masonry or
Disclosure of how a Brother balloted on a candidate.
Brother-to-Brother intervention should be the first course of action if something improper has been posted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Grand Secretary, at (253) 272-3263 or at grandsecretary@freemason-wa.org