Public Social Media Policy

The City of Emporia maintains multiple city sponsored social media sites as a way to provide communication on events and information important to those inside and outside the community. Management of those city-sponsored social media sites is governed by a City of Emporia policy that provides guidance on the use of those social media sites by the public. Below are disclosures and terms of use governing content posted on city-sponsored social media sites:
In some cases, posts by the public may violate the city’s standards for content on city-sponsored social media sites. Therefore, the City of Emporia reserves the right to restrict or remove any messages or postings with the following content.

1. Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination based on race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status about the public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.

2. Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party, including, but not limited to infringement of a copyright, trademark, or any registered mark.

3. Defamatory statements, or any material contained in it, holds up an individual or groups of people to public ridicule, derision, or embarrassment, or is libelous.

4. Use of vulgar, offensive, threatening, or harassing language.

5. Unlawful goods, services, behavior, or activities. The content, or any material contained in it, promotes, or encourages, or appears to promote or encourage, the use or possession of unlawful or illegal goods, services, and behavior or activities.

6. Support or opposition of any ballot issue or candidate for office. The content, or any material contained in it, contains political campaign speech. “Political campaign speech” is speech that: (1) supports or opposes or appears to support or oppose a ballot measure, initiative, or referendum, or (2) refers to any candidate for public office.

7. Religion. The content, or any material contained in it, advocates, or opposes a religion or religious belief.

8. Violence. The content, or any material contained in it, contains an image or description of graphic violence including the depiction of weapons or other devices associated in the advertisement with an act or acts of violence or harm on a person or animal.

9. “Adult”-orientated goods or services. The content, or any material contained in it, promotes, or encourages, or appears to promote or encourage, a transaction related to, or uses brand names, trademarks, slogans, or other materials which are identifiable with inappropriate adult goods and services.

10. Comments unrelated to the topic of the forum; hyperlinks to material that is not directly related to the discussion.

11. Spam or commercial promotions; content containing and unsolicited or unauthorized advertisement or solicitation.

12. Promotion or advertising of any businesses or commercial enterprises unless they are providing support to city services.

13. Posts or links that contain malicious software (malware) such as viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, spyware, adware, or any other unwanted software.

14. Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems.

15. This policy works in conjunction with and does not override existing or new policies or agreements.

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