Social Media and Public Outreach Content Guidelines
*The following statement shall be posted on the City social media sites’ primary pages, or if not able to be posted directly on the site, shall also be found on the City’s main website:
The intended purpose of this page (the City of Avalon’s social media sites) is to serve as a mechanism for communication between the City of Avalon and members of the public. However, this page is not the primary method of communication with the City, and any notices or requests for City services must be made via official communication methods identified on the City’s website, or by traditional methods of notification recognized by the City, and no comments or posts on this page will be construed as providing notice to the City of any claim, deficiency, dangerous condition, request, or otherwise.
Any comments or other content posted or submitted to this page for posting, as well as personal identifying information for the page’s users and visitors, and its list of fans, may be public records subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Cal. Gov. Code § 6250 et seq.). Public disclosure requests must be directed to the City Clerk’s office.
The City disclaims any and all responsibility and liability for any materials that the City deems inappropriate for posting which cannot be removed in an expeditious or otherwise timely manner. The City reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of this policy or any applicable law. Any articles, messages, posts, comments, images, video or other content containing any of the following shall not be allowed and may be removed as soon as possible:
Comments not topically related to the particular article or post being commented on;
Comments in support of or opposition to political campaigns or ballot measures;
Profane language or content;
Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation;
Sexual content or links to sexual content;
Solicitations of commerce;
Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity;
Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems; or
Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party.
A comment posted by a member of the public on this page is the opinion of the commentator or poster only, and publication of a comment does not imply endorsement of, or agreement by, the City, nor do such comments necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the City.
City social media sites shall not be used for the following purposes (within posted
content, messages, or “Liking” or “Following” other pages or accounts): promoting
commercial products, entities, or causes; promoting religious or political views; or
promoting political organizations, candidates for office, or ballot initiatives. City social
media sites can be used to engage the broader community with content that are germane
to the site and intended to further its purpose.
Any interaction with other entities through
City social media does not denote endorsement.
Approved City of Avalon Social Media and Public Outreach Sites:
"It is not necessary to remind you that the fact that your voice is amplified to the degree where it reaches from one end of the country to the other does not confer upon you greater wisdom or understanding than you possessed when your voice reached only from one end of the bar to the other."
-Edward R. Murrow, 1958. Speech to the Radio-Television News Directors Association