Social Media Terms of Use

The Parliament of Canada Facebook and YouTube pages (www.Facebook.com/PARLyouth and www.YouTube.com/Parlyouth in English and www.Facebook.com/PARLjeunes and www.YouTube.com/PARLjeunes in French) and the Parliament of Canada’s Flickr account (ParlCanada) are produced and managed by the Library of Parliament.

The objective of these pages is to provide access to quality bilingual information, photos, and videos about Canada’s Parliament and system of democracy.

Guidelines for user submissions

Only relevant, respectful posts will be accepted. (Posts include: questions, comments, videos, articles, links to websites, and messages.)

The Library of Parliament will not tolerate posts that contain unacceptable content. Unacceptable content includes but is not limited to:

In addition, posts written in a language other than English or French will not be accepted.

The Library of Parliament reserves the right to ban, or even report, users whose posts contain any of the above.

Legal Liability

Users are legally responsible for their posts on the Parliament of Canada social media accounts. By using and posting content to these accounts, the user agrees to abide by these Social Media Terms of Use as well as the Terms of Service of Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. The Library of Parliament does not endorse nor is it responsible for any content posted by other users.

Availability

Updating and monitoring of the Parliament of Canada social media accounts generally takes place during, but is not limited to, regular business hours – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), Monday to Friday.

Updates are also subject to downtime that may be out of the control of the Library of Parliament, because Facebook and YouTube servers are managed by a third party. As such, the Library of Parliament accepts no responsibility for the Facebook, YouTube or Flickr networks being unresponsive or unavailable.

Staff of the Library of Parliament reviews all posts to its social media accounts and, on a case-by-case basis, will respond to them if deemed appropriate. The Library of Parliament will not respond to posts that do not comply with these Social Media Terms of Use.

Followers, Subscriptions, “Likes” and “Favorites”

Followers and/or subscribers of the Parliament of Canada social media accounts are not endorsed by the Library of Parliament.

The Library of Parliament is not responsible for, nor does it endorse, the content of the accounts that it follows, subscribes to, “likes” or "favorites". Under current policy, the Library of Parliament only follows, subscribes to, "likes" or "favorites" federal departments and agencies that it believes are relevant to the objectives of the Parliament of Canada social media accounts.

Official Languages

The Parliament of Canada Facebook and YouTube pages, and the ParlCanada Flickr account are available in both of Canada’s official languages, English and French. The operating language is determined by and can be changed through the user’s account settings.

The LOP respects Canada’s Official Languages Act and is committed to ensuring that the content of its social media pages is available in both English and French and is of equal quality.

Copyright

Information posted by the Library of Parliament is subject to the Copyright Act of Canada. All users are expected to comply with the provisions of the Copyright Act.

Accessibility

Facebook, YouTube and Flickr are administered by independent service providers and as such are not subject to the Parliament of Canada’s policy on accessible websites. If you encounter problems accessing the Parliament of Canada social media accounts, please visit www.parl.gc.ca/youth for alternative versions and more information.

Confidentiality

Facebook, YouTube and Flickr are third-party service providers. Users are encouraged to read the privacy policies of Facebook and YouTube and Flickr.

The LOP respects the privacy of its followers. Information that is provided or shared with the Parliament of Canada social media accounts will be used only for the purpose for which it was provided and is kept in accordance with information management practices. Information provided may be used for security or other internal purposes.

As a best practice, users are advised not to share personal information, such as home addresses and telephone numbers, photographs containing images of identifiable individuals or any other information consisting of personal information as defined in section 3 of the Privacy Act.

Links to Other Websites and Advertisements

Links to websites that are not owned or operated by the Library of Parliament may be posted to the Parliament of Canada social media accounts. The Library of Parliament is not responsible for, nor does it endorse, the content of these websites.

The Library of Parliament is not responsible for, nor does it endorse, advertisements that may appear in the paid ad spaces of Facebook and/or YouTube and/or Flickr.

Questions

For any questions regarding the use of the Parliament of Canada social media accounts, guidelines and its administration, please contact the Library of Parliament.