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Social Media Terms and Conditions

This page outlines the privacy notices, terms of use, and disclaimer for all social media sites run by US Mission Canada, including Twitter, Facebook, FlickR, and blogs.


The U.S. Mission to Canada's social media sites are produced and maintained by the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy, Ottawa, Canada. Links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views contained therein.

Please note that the U.S. Embassy Ottawa:

  • Does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website. Does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites or the views they express or the products/services they offer.
  • Cannot and does not authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website.
  • Does not guarantee that external websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

Social Networking Policy

We expect that participants will treat each other with respect. We will delete posted comments that contain vulgar or abusive language; pornography; personal attacks of any kind; offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups or incite violence. We will delete comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic" or that promote services or products. Comments that make unsupported accusations will be taken out of the discussion.

The use of vulgar, offensive, threatening or harassing language is prohibited.

The discussion forum 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. Embassy Ottawa's Facebook page is not open to the promotion or advertisement of a business or commercial transaction.

This social networking use policy is subject to amendment or modification at any time to ensure its continued use is consistent with its intended purpose.

User Generated Content (UGC)

Users are here notified that they are fully responsible for the content they load on any of the U.S. Mission to Canada's social media sites. The user is responsible for all copyright and intellectual property laws associated with this content.


The U.S. Embassy Ottawa is not responsible for the security of the U.S. Embassy Ottawa's social media sites.

Please see Facebook's Terms of Use for more information on the security requirements for using that site.

Information Quality Guidelines

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors.

Users of the U.S. Mission to Canada's social media sites will be disclosing information in their profiles that may be considered privacy information. This information will not be collected or used by the U.S. Embassy except for statistical analysis of the site.

The U.S. Embassy does not have access to information not expressly shared by the user.

Please ensure you read Facebook's Privacy Statement for additional information on what information is collected and used by the Facebook platform.

Links to Other Sites

The U.S. Mission to Canada's social media sites may have many links to other federal agencies, embassies, multilateral organizations and private organizations. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our sites and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

Images from the Associated Press

The Department of State has an agreement with the Associated Press (AP) which allows the use of copyrighted AP images on its social media sites. The AP maintains ownership and copyright for these images and the use of them by the Department of State does not enter them in the public domain. You agree not to copy, download or redistribute any AP image found on this or any other Department of State social media site.