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Social Media Terms of Use

The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (“ORS” or “Agency”) maintains a social media presence for the purpose of informing the community. 

Limited Public Forum

All social media platform accounts used by the ORS are designated as Limited Public Forums. The Agency welcomes a person’s right to express his/her opinion and encourages users to keep comments relevant to the topic posted. By posting any content on any social media account maintained by the ORS, users accept these Terms of Use.

For purposes of these Terms of Use, a social media platform is a website or application offered to the public that provides audio, video, still-photo or written communication by other members of the public and/or representatives of certain groups, businesses, organizations or departments. Examples of social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

The definition of content as used in these Terms of Use refers to any written copy, photos, graphics, videos, live-video streams, comments or any form of communicative content made by parties.

Moderation of Content

The ORS’ social media platform accounts are intended to be free of inappropriate content. When appropriate, the Agency uses platform-provided content moderation/filtering options to limit foul, obscene, or inappropriate content. The ORS monitors the social media platform accounts it maintains and will remove inappropriate content as defined below without prior notice and as soon as possible. The Agency shall reserve the right to remove and/or block any person or entity that posts inappropriate material as determined by the Agency on or to an ORS social media platform account. This material includes, but is not limited to:

  • Comments not related to the original topic;
  • Profane, obscene, or pornographic content and/or language;
  • Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, or national origin;
  • Defamatory or personal attacks;
  • Threats to any person or organization;
  • Solicitation of commerce, including but not limited to advertising of any business or product for sale. This includes other online pages or organizations asking for donations. 
  • Conduct in violation of any federal, state or local law;
  • Encouragement of illegal activity;
  • Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems;
  • Content that violates a legal ownership interest, such as a copyright, of any party;
  • Harassment or content that constitutes and/or facilitates stalking;
  • Content that violates the right to privacy;
  • Encouragement of violence;
  • Repetitive content.

Facebook's Community of Standards

All comments posted to the ORS’ Facebook page are bound by Facebook’s Community Standards, and the ORS reserves the right to report any violation of Facebook’s Community Standards to Facebook with the intent of Facebook taking appropriate and reasonable responsive action.

Twitter Rules

When applicable, the ORS reserves the right to report any violation of the Twitter Rules, with the intent of Twitter taking appropriate and reasonable responsive action.

YouTube Community Guidelines

When applicable, the ORS reserves the right to report any violation of the YouTube Community Guidelines, with the intent of YouTube taking appropriate and reasonable responsive action.

LinkedIn User Agreement

When applicable, the ORS reserves the right to report any violation of the LinkedIn User Agreement, with the intent of LinkedIn taking appropriate and reasonable responsive action.