Social Media Policy

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The Purpose of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office social media platform is limited to providing information of public interest to the county’s residents, the business community, visitors and other members of the general public. We encourage commenters to submit comments and questions regarding the posted topics.
We encourage you to share your thoughts as they relate to the topic being discussed. You are fully responsible for the content of your comments. Be courteous, follow our rules of decorum, and posts should be related to the posting being discussed. Posts that contain obscene, indecent, or profane language; contain threats or defamatory statements; are bullying, intimidating, or harassing any user; contain personal attacks; contain hate speech; promote or endorse services or products; suggest or encourage illegal activity; are multiple, repetitive off-topic posts by a single user (spam); are not topically related to the particular posting; or violate a legal ownership interest of any other party will be removed and result in the person being banned from this page. Our purpose is to convey important public safety information, increase our ability to quickly, effectively, and efficiently reach Walton County and Northwest Florida residents to help us find criminal suspects, find missing and/or endangered persons, communicate public safety alerts, and further our mission of preventing, reducing, suppressing, displacing, solving, and fighting crime in Walton County.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to remove comments that are offensive or profane in nature. We further reserve the right to temporarily ban access to our Facebook page for repeated postings that contain offensive or profane remarks and to permanently ban access if such comments continue when access is reinstated. We reserve the right to edit or remove personal attacks, hateful comments, obscenities, or comments that aren’t related to the topic. Political comments will also be removed and we reserve the right to block individuals who misuse our Facebook page. Under Florida’s very broad public records laws, any written communication created or received by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office will be made available to the public or media upon request. (unless otherwise exempt) Please keep in mind that if you don’t want your comments or identifying information released in response to a request, don’t post.
Thanks for your participation and understanding.

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