This comment policy applies to official State of Hawaii social media sites, applications or services that may serve as limited public forums to share progress and related news with regard to state departments or agencies’ respective programs and projects. We welcome your on-topic comments, but please comment with “Aloha” since these sites, applications or services are family friendly. Please take personal responsibility for and be respectful in your comments.

If your comment is deleted per the provisions below, you have the option of sending a hardcopy version of your comment to the appropriate department or agency address available here:

A comment that violates the third-party policies of the social media entity may be removed by the entity. For information on what various social media entities allow and do not allow, read their respective policies prior to use.

Where available, state social media sites, applications and services will have activated profanity-blocking features provided by the social media entities to block most commonly reported words and phrases marked as offensive by the broader community.

We will delete a comment, content, or expression (“comment”) that disrupts, disturbs, impedes, is contrary to, is inappropriate for, or interferes with function of and ability of this limited public forum to fulfill its purpose, such as a comment that is:

•    Off-topic;
•    Profane or sexually explicit;
•    Using an offensive term that targets a specific individual(s) or groups, including a term based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation;
•    Invasive of a person’s privacy;
•    A commercial solicitation or advertisement, a chain letter, or a pyramid scheme;
•    Containing personal information such as a driver license number, a social security number, and other information protected by law;
•    Disclosing any detail about an ongoing investigation or court or administrative proceeding that could prejudice the process or interfere with the rights or claims of a person or entity;
•    Part of or is a repetitive post copied and pasted by multiple users;
•    Spam or could constitute spam; and
•    Speech for which content-based restrictions are permitted, including incitement, obscenity, defamation, speech integral to criminal conduct, so-called “fighting words,” child pornography, fraud, true threats, and speech presenting some grave and imminent threat the Government has the power to prevent.

This page is subject to amendment or modification at any time.

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