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The WPCS has recently upheld a complaint regarding Social Media abuse by a member.

The WPCS has recently upheld a complaint regarding Social Media abuse by a member. Following a complaint of social media abuse an investigation was carried out within the procedural guidelines of the Welsh Pony & Cob Society.  Our Investigating Officers determined that there was a case to answer, the outcome of which meant that disciplinary action has been taken against a member.   Several postings were shown to be in contravention of the WPCS Social Media and Internet Policy in Section 21 of the Judging & Showing Handbook 2018 Including the General and other Codes of Conduct.

No member of The Welsh Pony & Cob Society shall conduct him or herself in a manner or be guilty of behaviour which is derogatory to the character or prejudicial to the interests of The Welsh Pony & Cob Society and in particular (but without prejudice to the generality to the foregoing) no Member shall behave in an abusive or unpleasant manner to any person at any show or at any other location where Welsh Pony & Cob Society business is being transacted or via social media or the internet or via any publication in whatever format or via any other written of electronic format.

The WPCS takes breaches of the Social Media and Internet Policy very seriously.  Penalties could include a reprimand or caution, a fine of up to £5000 and expulsion from membership either on a temporary or permanent basis.

10th Oct 2018