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FMCSA Facebook Comment Policy

Overview

Thank you for being a fan of the FMCSA on Facebook. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration participates in Facebook to engage with individuals and organizations about topics related to FMCSA’'s mission.

Are you an FMCSA employee?

If so, you are responsible for reading and understanding this policy, as well as complying with the rules and guidelines in the DOT Social Media Policy, particularly Appendix A: Employee Conduct Policy.

Content Disclaimer

The FMCSA’'s official Web site is www.fmcsa.dot.gov. The FMCSA is using this third-party site to share information in a different format that may be useful or interesting and is being provided for informational purposes only. The FMCSA cannot attest to the accuracy of all of the information provided by this site or any other linked sites.  Posted comments and images do not necessarily represent the views of FMCSA. External, non-FMCSA links on this site do not constitute official endorsement on behalf of FMCSA.

Acceptable Comments

We welcome your comments, ideas, and concerns. However, we expect conversations to follow the conventions of civil discourse. While we encourage fans to share thoughts and opinions on the FMCSA Facebook page, we expect that this will be done in a respectful manner.

The FMCSA does not agree with or endorse every comment that individuals post on our pages. Our goal is to share ideas and information with as many individuals as possible and our policy is to accept the majority of comments posted on our Facebook Wall.

Unacceptable Comments

A comment will be deleted if it contains:

  • Off-topic or irrelevant posts, or posts that involve personal or non-FMCSA activities
  • Hate speech directed at race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, or disability
  • Overly aggressive, obscene, or profane language, photos, or images
  • Statements that defame, harass, abuse, stalk, threaten, or in any way infringe on the rights of others
  • Statements that encourage criminal conduct or otherwise violates any law or regulation in any jurisdiction
  • Promotion of services, products, or political organizations
  • Material that is copyrighted or trademarked
  • Spam or links to inappropriate sites
  • Disclosure of “personally identifiable information,” proprietary or privileged information, or information that could compromise the Agency’s security
  • Comments on any ongoing investigation of any sort
  • Procurement-sensitive information related to any current/future FMCSA acquisitions
  • Other comments that the FMCSA Social Media team deems inappropriate

All links posted as comments on FMCSA posts will be reviewed and may be deleted. Repeated violations of the FMCSA Comment Policy may cause the author to be blocked from the FMCSA Facebook page.

Rulemaking

We value Facebook as a two-way medium of communications between the FMCSA and you. Facebook is not, however, a medium to provide comments on FMCSA rulemaking proceedings currently under consideration. If you wish to provide comments on a rulemaking proceeding, you must submit your comments as indicated in the rulemaking notice.  FMCSA reserves the right to remove comments on rulemaking proceedings from this Facebook page. If you are interested in commenting on any open rulemaking proceeding, you must submit your comments directly to the rulemaking docket either electronically (on line throughhttp://www.regulations.gov) or in writing by FAX, mail, or hand delivery as directed in the FMCSA rulemaking notice.

Lawsuits

Public comments regarding ongoing litigation or agency administrative actions may be removed by FMCSA as these actions are more appropriately reserved for legal forums.

Comment Review Period

We recognize that the Internet is a medium unbound by regular business hours and your comments are welcomed at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, comments will be reviewed only during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

Intellectual Property Notice

Except where otherwise noted, content on the FMCSA Facebook site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Content includes all materials posted by FMCSA. In addition, visitors to this Web site agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to this site under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. A copy of this license is available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses. Members of the public should honor intellectual property laws and post only content they have the right to post.

FMCSA Privacy Notice

To protect your privacy, please do not include information (e.g., an email address, phone number, or formal FMCSA position) in the text of your comment that identifies you.

By using or accessing Facebook, you are accepting the practices described in the Facebook Data Use Policy. Get more information on Facebook's privacy policy.

Facebook is not a government Web site or application; it is controlled or operated by a third party, not by FMCSA. The FMCSA’'s Privacy Policy does not apply to third-party Web sites.

If you use this Web site or application to communicate with FMCSA, you may be providing non-government third parties with access to personally identifiable information (PII) about you. Any PII about you that becomes available through your use of this third-party Web site or application will not be maintained, used, or shared by FMCSA, except as described in the followingPrivacy Impact Assessment.

Additional guidance as to how FMCSA regards privacy issues can be found in the FMCSA Online Privacy Policy.

Questions

For questions about the FMCSA’s use of Facebook, please contact FMCSASocialMedia@dot.gov.
For media inquiries, please visit FMCSA Public Affairs.
For general questions about the FMCSA, please contact FMCSA.

Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014