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Recovery Month Social Media Comment Policy

Review Recovery Month’s policies around comments posted to its social media platforms.

Comment Policy

To maintain a respectful dialogue, we've posted the guidelines of our comment policy below. In short:

Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain relevant to the content posted by the HHS Facebook page.

Be respectful. Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited. Instigating arguments in a disrespectful way is also prohibited.

Tell the truth. Spreading misleading or false information is prohibited.

No spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in a counter-productive manner is prohibited — this includes posts aggressively promoting services or products.

We retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to remove comments. The views expressed within posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the federal government.

We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources (i.e., your tax dollars), moderating and posting comments are done periodically during regular business hours. 

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Reporters are asked to send questions to the relevant media office through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be answered.

This comment policy is valid for all discussions on any HHS managed forum. Thank you for taking the time to review our comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) collects no personally identifiable information (PII) about you unless you choose to provide that information to us. Non-PII information related to your visit to our websites may be automatically collected and temporarily stored to help us make our sites more useful to visitors. HHS does not share the information you provide.

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Third-Party Websites

HHS also uses third-party websites to share information and encourage collaboration with the public. Third-party websites are not government owned or operated. They are controlled and operated by a third-party not affiliated with HHS. The HHS Privacy Policy does not apply to the third-party.

Any information, which may include personally identifiable information, you make available to HHS, including via a third-party website, is voluntarily. When you make information available to HHS you may also be making this information available to a third-party not affiliated with HHS. We encourage you to contribute to discussions and provide your opinions to HHS via a third-party website. When you do this you need to take steps to protect your privacy. Do not disclose any private information about yourself or others (e.g., Social Security Number or health information) on a third-party website. Visit for information on how to send official correspondence to HHS.

HHS uses information you make available on a third-party website to improve our programs and serve the public, such as improving our education and outreach materials and activities. HHS does not share information you provide and does not collect your personally identifiable information from a third-party website.

Last Updated: 04/12/2018