Social Media and Secondary web site content

Social media – Do’s and Don’ts

Content

The content of a Member's Web site/Social Media pages: 

  1. The official content of any material posted by the Member on any website must be in compliance with Federal law and House Rules and Regulations applicable to official communications and germane to the conduct of the Member’s official and representational duties. Accessing a web site (whether by using a link or by other means) is to be treated as a “solicited communication” from a Member’s office.
  2. May not include personal (outside of incidental references), political party (except for political party affiliations), or campaign information.
  3. May not include grassroots lobbying or solicit support for a Member’s position.
  4. May not generate, circulate, solicit, or encourage signing petitions.
  5. May not include any advertisement for any private individual, firm, or corporation, or imply in any manner that the government endorses or favors any specific commercial product, commodity, or service.

Name (URL)

The URL name for an official Web site located in the HOUSE.GOV domain must be recognizably derivative or representative of the name of the Member or the name of the office sponsoring the Web site. The URL name for an official Web site or official Social media page may not:

1. Be a slogan.

2. Imply in any manner that the House endorses or favors any specific commercial product, commodity, or service.