Should an HOA board authorize a community Facebook page?
A few years ago a local HOA attorney Mike Hunter, who practices in Mecklenburg, Union and many other counties was asked to defend a discrimination lawsuit that had been filed against an HOA board by the local housing agency. Apparently, a group of homeowners had started a Facebook page using the HOA’s name, without the HOA’s knowledge or authorization, and were posting disparaging and racially-charged comments about a particular family in the neighborhood. While the HOA board had nothing to do with this Facebook page, they nevertheless were named as a Defendant in the lawsuit. Needless to say, this was a costly and time-consuming process for the board to endure. Our hope is, as you watch our podcast, you will engage with your community legal counsel before engaging in any form of community communication.
Let us know if you had any negative experience using social media to communicate to HOA members.