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TBI Social Media Acceptable Use Policy

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation offers several social media channels and has established the following Acceptable Use Policy.

Acceptable Use
The TBI's social media channels exist to provide access to information about the Agency and provide a platform for interaction with the Agency according to the guidelines outlined herewith. Posting on the TBI's social media channels constitute acceptance of these terms.

  • In case of emergency, please call 911.
  • Do not use this page to report a crime. To report information potentially related to criminal activity, please call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
  • If you post information related to a crime on this page, you may be publicly identifying yourself as a witness. In some instances, this may result in a subpoena or possibly endanger yourself or others.
  • “Friending” or “following” of a citizen by an Agency officer does not indicate an endorsement of that citizen’s actions or comments.
  • Comments posted by others on this page are not to be considered the opinion of the Agency; nor does the Agency endorse any third-party participants on TBI social media channels.
  • The Agency reserves the right to remove and/or block anyone who posts inappropriate material as determined by the Agency.

Moderation of Third Party Content
This agency's social media channels serve as limited public forums and all content published is subject to monitoring. User-generated posts will be rejected or removed (if possible) when the content:

  • is off-subject or out of context.
  • contains obscenity or material that appeals to the prurient interest.
  • contains personal identifying information or sensitive personal information.
  • contains offensive terms that target protected classes.
  • is threatening, harassing or discriminatory.
  • incites or promotes violence or illegal activities.
  • contains information that reasonably could compromise individual or public safety.
  • advertises or promotes a commercial product or service, or any entity or individual.
  • promotes or endorses political campaigns or candidates.

Public Records Law
Agency social media sites are subject to applicable public records laws. Any content maintained in a social media format related to agency business, including communication posted by the Agency and communication received from citizens, is a public record. The Agency maintaining the site is responsible for responding completely and accurately to any public records request for social media content.

UPDATED: April 28, 2016