The City of Mukilteo is committed to using new electronic tools to communicate with residents and visitors. The City Council has adopted a Social Media Policy (2014) to guide the use of social media platforms while ensuring that existing laws and policies regarding free speech, public records, transparency and communications are observed.
Social media platforms are not a mechanism for conducting official city business, other than to informally communicate with the public. This includes conducting meetings, making policy decisions, official public noticing, and discussing items of legal or fiscal significance that have not previously been released to the public.
All City accounts are subject to public disclosure, including any comments or other content posted or shared on City social media profiles. Social media users are subject to the privacy policies of their respective social media platform, the City makes no warranties regarding the safety or security of using social media sites.
All content created by the City for use on social media platforms is copyrighted and may not be used for commercial purposes without license.
Comments and interactive features
- The City’s social media accounts and profiles are limited public forums, moderated by the City to ensure content posted by outside users is appropriate. The City reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of the Social Media Policy or any applicable law.
- Comments from children under the age of 13 may not be posted in order to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. By posting on a City social media site, users acknowledge that they are at least 13 years old. Those 12 years old and younger may contact the City via email instead. Comments by children under 13 will be considered inappropriate content and will be subject to being hidden or removed as provided below.
- The City reserves the right to remove inappropriate comments, including those that have obscene language or sexual content, threaten or defame any person or organization, violate the legal ownership interest of another party, support or oppose political candidates or ballot propositions, promote illegal activity, promote commercial services or products or are not topically related to the particular posting, or that promote, foster, or perpetuate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, age, gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, military service, or physical or mental disability.
- Any content removed from City social media sites based on the Social Media Policy will be recorded by the City and may be subject to public disclosure.