I'm working on an illustration related to citizen science and would like to include the concept of social media in that graphic.
The most well known social media brands (as of now) are arguably Facebook and Twitter. According to their guidelines (Facebook, Twitter) it is perfectly fine to use their brand identity in form of a non-altered logo. I do not want to refer to anything specific on these platforms, merely use their logo to symbolize "social media".
However I'm not really sure if this is appropriate for an academic publication for a number of reasons: a) it may be considered a promotion or endowment of mentioned brands. b) it may be considered unprofessional. c) it may loose relevance with time.
- Are these doubts justified? Any suggestions or (better) experience with a similar case?
- What are solutions to this dilemma? I suppose replacing brand logos with generic ones that symbolize "social media" as well would be one thing to consider ...