Laws & Guidance GENERAL
Social Media
Social Media Comments Policy

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Education's social media pages are to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on education issues. We encourage your comments - your ideas and concerns are important to help ensure that a broad range of Americans are active and informed participants in the discussion conducted on our social media pages. ED reserves the right to modify this policy at any time and ED expressly reserves the right to remove comments from its pages.

All comments on U.S. Department of Education social media pages are reviewed. ED retains the right to remove or not remove comments. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect and dignity.

Comments will be removed if they:

  • contain vulgar or abusive language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups
  • promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant to the blog post or comment are acceptable)
  • are clearly "off topic," or "spam"
  • make unsupported accusations
  • reference federal employees by name
  • violate the laws of the United States or the policies of the U.S. Department of Education

We won't edit comments to remove objectionable content, so please be sure that your comments contain none of the above.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, addresses, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include your name in a comment, which we generally do not recommend, that comment may or may not be removed. Under no circumstances will comments be allowed to remain that contain Social Security numbers, addresses, email address, phone numbers, or similar personally identifiable information.

Questions you post for the U.S. Department of Education may not be answered here. If you have a question for us, please contact 1-800-USA-LEARN. If you're a reporter please contact us at (202) 401-1576 or by mail at U.S. Department of Education Press Office, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, 7E-247, Washington, DC 20202.

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Last Modified: 01/29/2013