The Port of Whitman County may create one or more social media accounts to communicate information to constituents, partners, stakeholders and the media. This policy establishes guidelines for the use of official Port social media sites. The Port’s Employee Handbook addresses staff’s personal use of social media.

COMMENT AND MODERATION POLICY

The comments and opinions expressed by commenters on Port social media platforms are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of the Port of Whitman County or its employees. The Port reserves the right to remove comments deemed in violation of this social media policy, including but not limited to comments that: 

  • Use vulgar, offensive, threatening or harassing language.
  • Contain threats, personal attacks or defamatory statements.
  • Contain hate speech directed at race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion or disability.
  • Promote or advertise a business or commercial transaction.
  • Promote or oppose any person campaigning for election to a political office or any ballot proposition.
  • Are not related to the posted topic.
  • Violate the applicable social media platform’s standards.

DISTRIBUTION POLICY

Anything on Port social media sites may be distributed or reproduced. We ask that you attribute the information to Port of Whitman County, as appropriate. Information from external news sources or websites that you access from this site may be subject to copyright and licensing restrictions (or laws), and you should check directly with sources before distributing such content.

LINKING POLICY

When social media users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving the Port of Whitman County’s social media site(s) and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of that site. The Port is not responsible for transmissions users receive from external websites.

ENDORSEMENT DISCLAIMER

Advertisements that appear on Port social media sites are beyond the Port’s control. Reference to any specific commercial products, processes or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Port of Whitman County or its employees.

OFFICIAL NOTICE DISCLAIMER

No comments or posts on Port social media sites shall constitute a legal or official notice or comment to the Port of Whitman County or any official or employee of the Port of Whitman County for any purpose. Official notices or comments must be made by calling 509-397-3791 or 1-800-535-7678, faxing 509-397-4758, emailing port@portwhitman.com or visiting our administrative office at 302 N. Mill Street, Colfax, WA 99111 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The Port of Whitman County is closed on all major holidays.

PUBLIC RECORDS ACT COMPLIANCE

All comments and posts on Port social media sites are public records subject to the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) and records retention requirements (RCW 40.14) set by state law. The Port of Whitman County stores and retains content from Port social media sites in compliance with open records laws and policies. Records retention schedules can be found at https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/recordsmanagement/local-government-records-retention-schedules---alphabetical-list.aspx