The Village of Itasca adopts this policy to govern the use of its social media accounts by the public. This policy outlines the Village's primary objective for its social media accounts, which is to communicate to the public on matters related to Village events and news.
Limited Public Forum
The Village's social media platforms are considered limited public forums. The Village does not provide its social media platforms for general public discourse but confines discussions to topics related to the Village's posts. The Village reserves the right to reject or remove comments and other content that violates this policy or any applicable law. To protect the public's First Amendment rights on social media, the Village will take necessary steps whenever possible.
Because social media interactions represent a limited public forum, the Village reserves the right to reject or remove (if feasible) any content in violation of this policy or any applicable law. Content and comments on Village social media accounts containing any of the following elements are prohibited from posting and may be subject to removal:
Content that violates this policy will be removed from the Village's social media accounts. Any content falling under the category of prohibited content, as outlined in the defined criteria, will be preserved by capturing a screenshot and accompanied by a memo that explains the rationale behind the content's removal.
Hours of Use
The Village's social media platforms are not monitored 24/7, and as a result, posts and responses should not be expected immediately. Users are advised against using the Village's social media accounts to report crimes or emergency situations. Crime reports and requests for police, fire, or emergency medical assistance should be made by dialing 9-1-1. Accounts are traditionally monitored during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, excluding holidays.
Compliance with Laws
All Village social media platform users must adhere to applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies. Content posted on any Village social media platform by any user may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, record retention laws, and e-discovery rules.