Social Media Terms of Service

U.S. Consulate General Basrah Facebook Terms of Service

Acceptance of Terms

Welcome to the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook! The U.S. Consulate General Basrah provides this service to you, subject to the following Terms of Use (“TOU”), which may be updated by the U.S. Consulate General Basrah from time to time without notice. You can review the current version of the TOU at any time on the U.S. Consulate General Basrah Facebook page.

Purpose

The purpose of the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook is to engage audiences on issues relevant to U.S. foreign policy.

Description of service

The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook operates on the Facebook platform. It provides its members with a variety of features, including but not limited to: video and photo sharing, access to a community blog, discussion forum, messaging, and notifications of developments in U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah reserves the right to alter the types of features that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook provides at any time with no notice.

Facebook’s Privacy Policy

By using or accessing Facebook, and this site, you are accepting the practices described in the Facebook Privacy Policy. For more information on Facebook’s privacy policy, go to Facebook Privacy Policy.

The Information Facebook Collects When you visit Facebook you provide them with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by Facebook and Web Site use information collected by Facebook as you interact with our Web Site.

When you register with Facebook, you provide them with certain personal information, such as your name, your email address, your telephone number, your address, your gender, schools attended and any other personal or preference information that you provide to them. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook does not store any of this personal information nor any additional member information beyond that which is already stored for your account by Facebook.
You post User Content (as defined in Facebook’s Terms) on the Site at your own risk. Although Facebook allows you to set privacy options that limit access to your pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that User Content you post on the Site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.

Security

Participation in the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook is voluntary. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your login, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your login. You agree to (a) immediately notify the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook community manager of any unauthorized use of your login or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section.

Member Conduct

The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook is moderated. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook expects that participants will treat each other, as well as U.S. Consulate General Basrah employees, with respect. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook will not post comments that contain vulgar or abusive language; personal attacks of any kind; or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook will not post comments that are spam, are clearly “off topic” or that promote services or products. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also be subject to review.

Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other nongovernmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of U.S. Department of State, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying U.S. Consulate General Basrah endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

  • Only comments that comply with the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook TOU will be approved for posting.
  • The use of vulgar, offensive, threatening or harassing language is prohibited.
  • Public comments should be limited to comments related to the posted topic. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook is not the proper place to express opinions or beliefs not directly related to that topic.
  • The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook is not open to comments promoting or opposing any person campaigning for election to a political office or promoting or opposing any ballot proposition.
  • The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook is not open to the promotion or advertisement of a business or commercial transaction.
  • Communications made through the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook e-mail’s and messaging system will in no way constitute a legal or official notice or comment to the U.S. Consulate General Basrah or any official or employee of the U.S. Consulate General Basrah for any purpose.

Copyright Information

Links to U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook as well as U.S. Consulate General Basrah websites and blogs are welcomed. Unless a copyright is indicated, U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook information is in the public domain and may be copied and distributed without permission. Citation of the U.S. State Department as source of the information is appreciated. If a copyright is indicated on a video, photo, graphic, or other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source.

Information Quality Guidelines

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. Please read the U.S. Department of State’s guidelines pursuant to the Data Quality Information Act before submitting inquiries under this Act. If you would like verification or a hard copy of original information released on U.S. Consulate General Basrah websites and blogs or if you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please contact the public information staff in the U.S. Consulate General Basrah Public Affairs.

You acknowledge that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah does not pre-screen all Content, but that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to edit, delete, refuse or move any Content that is available via the site. Without limiting the foregoing, the U.S. Consulate General Basrah and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOU or is otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.

You acknowledge and agree that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce the TOU; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of the U.S. Department of State, its users and the public.

You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the site, including your Content, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.
You agree that if you post content that contains statements or depictions of violence against a person, group of people, or country, that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah will report this incident and its content to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Special admonitions for International Use

Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.

Content submitted or made available for inclusion on the site

The U.S. Consulate General Basrah does not claim ownership of Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the site. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah only claims ownership over self-generated content created by it or the Department of State for inclusion on this site. It does not take responsibility for the inclusion of third party links or other third party content such as articles.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold the U.S. Consulate General Basrah and U.S. Department of State, and its affiliates, officers, agents, grantees or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post, transmit or make available through the site, your use of the site, your connection to the site, your violation of the TOU, or your violation of any rights of another.

General Practices Regarding Use and Storage

You acknowledge that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the site, including without limitation the maximum number of days that message board postings or other uploaded Content will be retained by the site, and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) you may access the site in a given period of time. You agree that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications or other Content maintained or transmitted by the site. You further acknowledge that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah reserves the right to change these general practices and limits at any time, in its sole discretion.

Modifications to service

The U.S. Consulate General Basrah reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the site (or any part thereof). You agree that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the site.

Termination

You agree that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah, in its sole discretion, may terminate your access to the site, and remove and discard any Content within the site, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if the U.S. Consulate General Basrah believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the TOU. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the site, or any part thereof. You agree that any termination of your access to the site under any provision of this TOU may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah may immediately suspend your access to the site. Further, you agree that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the site.

Links

The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook provides external links solely for our readers’ information and convenience. When readers select a link to an external website, they are leaving the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the external website. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other websites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that the U.S. Consulate General Basrah shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource. Facebook may contain links to other websites. The U.S. Consulate General Basrah is not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites. You are encouraged to be aware when you leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by Facebook. U.S. Consulate General Basrah officers continually review the external links for their ongoing value to the issues and topics presented within the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook. The process for adding an external link is the same as for clearing information for public dissemination, as described in the U.S. Department of State’s Information Quality Guidelines: “Clearances on information for dissemination generally are obtained from any office within the Department or any other agency within the U.S. Government that has a substantive interest in the information.”

English Language

In order to assure that members adhere to the TOU, the language of the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook site is English. Content posted in languages other than English may be subject to removal. An accurate translation into English must be provided if a member chooses to post content in other languages.

Terms of Use, Notices and Revisions

The U.S. Consulate General Basrah reserves the right to change our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use at any time. If we make changes, we will post them and inform the community of the changes. If we make significant changes to this policy, we will notify you through notice on our home page. We encourage you to refer to this policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current privacy policy.

Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact the U.S. Consulate General Basrah on Facebook Community Manager.