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Social Media Disclaimer

Only certain types of speech are subject to government restrictions. The below is a narrowly-tailored disclaimer that balances the public's freedom of speech/expression with the NYPD's legitimate governmental interest in hiding, removing and/or deleting certain social media comments.[1]

The New York City Police Department ("NYPD") endorses the secure use of social media to enhance and support NYPD program goals and objectives as well as to facilitate interaction with the community. There is no endorsement, implied or otherwise, by the NYPD of any fan posts, commentary, links, or photos. Writers/fans/followers are fully responsible for the content that they submit. Opinions expressed by the writers/fans are not the opinions of the NYPD and/or the City of New York.

This social media site is intended to serve as a mechanism for communication between the public and the NYPD on the listed topics. Any comments submitted to the NYPD social media site are public records, and may be subject to disclosure pursuant to New York Public Officers Law § 87.

Comments are important to us and others who read these pages. The NYPD seeks to ensure that this page and all posted comments are appropriate for, and respectful of, the diverse population that we serve, and that this environment is inclusive and safe for, and tolerant of, all participants. Pursuant to the City of New York's social media policy, the NYPD reserves the right to hide, remove and/or delete posts that:

  • Contain hate speech;
  • Incite illegal or harmful action, or are a clear violation of local, State, or federal laws;
  • Are meant to provoke a violent response from another individual;
  • Contain true threats wherein the speaker communicates an intent to commit an unlawful act of violence against a particular person, group or entity;
  • Are obscene;
  • Contain personal identifying information of a third party;
  • Contain threatening or harassing language and/or comments; and
  • Contain proprietary information, intellectual property, and/or copyrighted or trademarked images or graphics that are posted without the approval of the owner.

Read the City of New York's social media policy.

[1] Social media posts should only be hidden, removed and/or deleted consistent with the City of New York's social media policy.