M.3. Electronic Communications (Lengthy Reason)

Use of Social Media

Non-RC social media websites and apps can help Co-Counselors connect and exchange information and can contribute to the functioning of the RC Community. However, Co-Counselors should be careful not to use them to socialize, which we in RC have agreed not to do.

This means that Co-Counselors should be thoughtful about posting personal information on social media when other Co-Counselors have access to the posts. Co-Counselors who dramatize distresses on social media expose other Co-Counselors to those distresses (which sometimes include addictive or other irrational behavior). This can damage the Co-Counseling relationships.

With thought and effort, social media websites and apps can be used to support RC relationships. Our experience is that they are best used in support of the close and committed RC relationships we have already built.

Not Designed for RC Relationships

Most social media websites and apps are owned by businesses motivated by the economic, exploitative, and other interests of the oppressive society. They are often intended to be addictive to their users. Their policies do not necessarily respect privacy, copyright, and so on. These non-RC communication tools are not designed for building RC relationships. They have different goals. If Co-Counselors mention the names of other Co-Counselors on social media websites and apps without permission (except in the context of RC “going public” projects), it violates our confidentiality agreement.

We cannot assume that any electronic communication is private or secure. RCers must think about confidentiality and the possibility that information (identity, personal information, session material, and so on) from interactions on electronic communication will be used to target people with attacks and oppression. This is especially important given that RC exists in many countries with repressive systems.

“Going Public” Projects

Social media websites and apps can be useful for sharing the ideas and work of the Co-Counseling Community. We have used them as part of our “going public” projects—such as United to End Racism (UER), Sustaining All Life (SAL), No Limits for Women (No Limits), and Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism. “Going public” projects have different goals from the usual activities of the RC Community. Their purpose is to communicate RC theory and practice to people outside of the RC Community. It has sometimes been helpful to post photos and other content from these projects on social media websites and apps.

Co-Counselors participating in these projects are assumed to have agreed that their photo can be used with the “going public” project on social media websites or apps, personal social media accounts, the “going public” social media accounts (for example, @SustainingLife1), or RC websites or publications.


Last modified: 2019-05-02 14:41:35+00