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Friday, November 13, 2015

Facebook Has Special TOS for Local Governments

Today, I have another Facebook tip for local governments with official Facebook pages. As those of you on Facebook already know, it is very easy to set up a Facebook page, whether a personal or official one. But how many of you have read Facebook's TOS (terms of service)?  Anyone? Facebook's TOS or SRR as Facebook calls it, is pretty extensive, and applies to all users.  There are, however, a few special rules for state and local governments, which you can find on Facebook's site here.  

One important term to note is special government term no. 5, which requires a state or local government to post a disclaimer on its official Facebook page referring visitors to the government's official website (if it has one).  
5. Disclaimer Requirement
If you have an official website, your Page must contain, in a prominent location: "If you are looking for more information about [Government Entity], please visit [website URL]."
The other special terms relate to how and where disputes with Facebook will be handled.  

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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