CENSUS BUREAU SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS COMMENT POLICY


The purpose of the Census Bureau’s Web 2.0 presence that includes social media channels is to engage residents from across all walks of life in an online platform where they can learn about and share their important topics regarding Census Bureau programs and services.

Census Bureau Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media channels allow visitors to interact with the agency and others, and encourage visitors to freely comment and give welcomed feedback. We encourage your comments. Your ideas and concerns are important to us because we want you as an active participant in our programs and to be well informed about how the Census Bureau’s work gets done.

Visitor-generated comments made on any and all Census Bureau social media channels become public domain.

We also want to publish your comments, but we expect conversations to follow the conventions of polite discourse. Therefore, we moderate social media; meaning that all comments are subject to review. In our review process, we try to remove any objectionable content.

Objectionable content includes but is not limited to:

·   Abusive or vulgar language
·   Offensive or threatening language
·   Personal attacks of any kind against any individual or group
·   Spam
·   Links to any site
·   Off-topic statements
·   Advertising and/or other endorsements about products, businesses, individuals, or parties

Any comment with specific allegations of misconduct will be removed and referred to the appropriate authorities.

We will not post any comment that contains personally identifiable information (PII):
·   Email address
·   Employer identification number
·   Business address
·   Personal address
·   Phone number

Your privacy is important to the Census Bureau, and we make every effort to ensure your privacy under Title 13 and other applicable laws (See the Census Bureau's Privacy Policy for more information). We ask that you also protect your own privacy by not including any personally identifiable information within your comments.

Under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, persons under the age of 13 years old are not allowed to submit questions or comments.


Census Bureau’s Social Media/Web 2.0 Privacy Notice


The purpose of this privacy notice is to inform visitors how the Census Bureau respects your privacy on our third-party social media and Web 2.0 (SM/Web 2.0) sites. You are currently visiting a third-party SM/Web 2.0 site. This site is not an official government website and the Census Bureau’s privacy policy does not apply. When visiting a third-party’s SM/Web 2.0 site, the third party’s privacy policy applies.

Protecting your privacy is very important to us. The Census Bureau does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about you when you visit any of our SM/Web 2.0 sites, nor do we retrieve, store or track any PII through the use of web cookies or other web measurement or customization technologies. This SM/Web 2.0 site is a public forum and any information provided in comments may be publicly available. The Census Bureau does not collect or retain comments posted on our SM/Web 2.0 sites in our records.

The Census Bureau has no affiliation or involvement with the third-party’s SM/Web 2.0 privacy policy. You can view the third-party’s privacy policy by visiting their website. For official Census Bureau information, or to learn more about the Census Bureau’s privacy policy, please visit our official website at www.census.gov.

Reporters are asked to send any comments or questions to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions on our social media channels. Reporter questions will not be posted.

For quick answers to questions related to receiving and filling out your census form, please visit our Question and Answer Center at ask.census.gov.

For official public statements and releases, please contact the Public Information Office.

This comment policy may be updated at any time without notice at the discretion of the moderator, so check back for changes.