Social Media Comment Policy

The following is the citizen comment policy for all official social media pages of the Montgomery County Auditor's Office. Those pages include, but are not limited to, our official Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages. This policy is part of the office's social media policy that was enacted on February 5, 2017. 

The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office uses social media to provide an open source for two-way communication and welcomes comments, questions and ideas from all parties. While the ultimate goal is to foster engaging, productive conversations, individuals are expected to maintain an acceptable degree of civility.

The Auditor’s Office monitors all comments and reserves the right to immediately delete any comment they deem inappropriate. When a post is deleted, a message should be sent to the author notifying them of the specific part of this policy that was violated.

After repeated violations of this comment policy, the Auditor’s Office will notify the author that continued violations will result in being blocked from the social media page. If the author continues to violate this comment policy after that warning, the Auditor’s Office should block that individual.

A comment violates this policy and may be deleted if it contains any of the following:

  • Hate speech including but not limited to comments that promote, foster, or perpetuate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, genetics, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or intellectual disability or sexual orientation 
  • Profanity, obscenity or vulgarity including creative spellings of swear words using asterisks or other symbols 
  • Sexual content or links to sexual content
  • Personal attacks or defamation to a person or group of people
  • Promotion or advertisement of a person, a business or any other entity. 
    • This includes off-topic comments that promote or oppose any person campaigning for election to a political office or that promote or oppose any ballot measure
  • Infringement of a copyright
  • Spam, such as the same comment posted repeatedly
  • Any other comments that the office’s social media team deems inappropriate

Any third-party comments or posts that are removed based on conduct violations must be archived using screenshots and maintained for the appropriate length of time based on the office’s records retention schedule.