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Comment Policy

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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.

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Social Media

Census Bureau Blog(s), 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.

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Visitor-generated Comments

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

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Publishing Comments

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 reviewed before we post them. 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

Privacy

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 below for more information). We ask that you also protect your own privacy by not including any personally identifiable information within your comments.

Protecting persons under age 13

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.

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V. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), 16 CFR Part 312, requires operators of web sites directed to children under age 13, and operators that have actual knowledge of collecting or maintaining personal information from children under 13, to obtain verifiable consent from parents prior to the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information from children. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under age 13 on our web sites.

For more information regarding COPPA please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy web site and select the Children’s Privacy link.

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