The Village of Westmont recognizes that social media services, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, provide a pathway for delivering information to residents, visitors, and community partners about activities, programs, goals and initiatives, news, and other information and material intended to increase public awareness, social capital, and civic engagement. The immediacy of social media is a natural fit for communicating important messages to the public on short notice, which may include Amber Alerts, safety tips, emergency advisories, and public safety notifications. The purpose of the Village Social Media Posting Guidelines is to outline the terms and use, prohibited content, and disclaimers as they apply to all Village social media accounts that serve as a communication tool between the Village and the public. Communications and Information Technology division personnel, and their designees, are the administrators of the Village’s main social media account, as well as the social media accounts of individual Village Departments.
Social media sites administered by Village staff are limited public forums. The Village does not make its social media accounts available for general public discourse, but rather reserves and limits the topics that may be discussed on the social media accounts. All posts and comments made by Social Media Users (any individual or organization with a registered account(s) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Nextdoor) are subject to the terms and conditions established by the Social Media Host (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Nextdoor), and are also subject to the following terms and conditions established by the Village of Westmont:
The Communications and Information Technology staff of the Village, and their designees, reserve the right to restrict, remove and delete content and/or block any person, group, or entity submitting and/or repeatedly submitting comment(s)/posting(s) that are contrary to or inconsistent with the purpose of the page, not topically related to particular postings authorized by the Village staff, violate applicable law, and/or violate the applicable terms and conditions of use of the Village and/or the social media host.
The Village of Westmont disclaims any and all responsibility and liability for any materials or content that Village staff deems inappropriate for posting. The Village shall make efforts to remove said materials in an expeditious or otherwise timely manner, but disclaims liability if circumstances exist that prevent or hinder efforts to remove said materials.
"Friending," "liking," and/or similar exchanges/actions between individual Village employees and a social media site user does not indicate endorsement of that user's actions or comments.
Postings on the Village’s main social media site, or individual Village departments’ social media sites, may reference copies of public records of the Village. The original public records may be subject to disclosure under the State of Illinois' Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Comments and activity on our social media sites are generally not public records and not subject to the FOIA, however, “unique” information contained in social media postings by the Village may be subject to FOIA. Public comments or posts on the Village’s social media sites are not considered public records and are not subject to FOIA. The Village follows state guidelines and requirements for the retention of original copies of local government records.