Ransomville Speedway (NY) general manager Tana Robinson released a statement Tuesday afternoon concerning the track’s 2016 social media policy that has recently created quite the buzz on the World Wide Web.
The statement released on their website reads as follows:
“Our recent Social Media policy has received mixed reviews. I’d like to take this opportunity to clear things up a little. While it may have come across a little harsh – we feel a stance had to be taken. In a time when our industry has seen declining attendance at the most National level, we have to work hard as a team to help keep our local track thriving. Negative posts calling out the speedway or the officials has an impact you may not see. We all want drivers to want to race here, fans to want to come to our events, businesses to want to invest in ALL of us. Positive breeds positive. Team work is the key to success. The speedway is asking for everyone’s cooperation in helping take Ransomville to the next level. This can only be accomplished as a TEAM. Its time for a clean slate – to let go of any past negative feelings and start the year fresh. It is a new era. I will be available every Tuesday thru Thursday to discuss issues or concerns in a calm and productive manner. While we may not always agree, it is my hope we will all understand and appreciate each others position. Handing out fines, suspensions, etc is not what we want to do, we are simply letting you know we take your comments seriously and that there could be consequences to the actions of yourself and/or your crew.”
Speed51.com Editor Brandon Paul recently shared his opinion on the social media policy in an X-Factor column that can be read here.
In addition to the statement released on Wednesday, the track has also changed the wording of the policy. Previously a sentence of the policy read, “If we see any negative comments on social media outlets from the owners, drivers or crew members, we will take action immediately. We cannot stop you from posting negative remarks against the Speedway or Speedway officials, but we can and will stop you from attending our events at the Speedway.”
That wording has since been removed and now reads, “Negative social media in any form about Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville Speedway officials, or racers will not be tolerated. Depending on the severity of the incident, fines or suspensions may be assessed. Please help us by speaking with your entire team of this policy.”
The full policy currently posted on the track’s website can be found below:
“Everyone must be aware that posting in social media is like speaking into a live microphone. Media outlets can and quite often do pick up on social media comments. Be aware that all teams depend on their sponsors to race weekly. Everyone should respect the value of our fan base and sponsors. By the time an offensive post or tweet shows up, it is too late to stop the spiraling effect for the Speedway. You may feel that you cannot control the comments made in support of your initial comments, but that is not the case.
“Negative social media in any form about Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville Speedway officials, or racers will not be tolerated. Depending on the severity of the incident, fines or suspensions may be assessed. Please help us by speaking with your entire team of this policy.”
-Speed51.com Staff Story. Photo credit: NiagraFallsUSA1/Flickr