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Social-Media Comment Guidelines

The Canadian Museum of Nature's welcomes your comments and we appreciate an informed debate in an open, respectful forum.

We post content on the following social-media platforms:

Note: Content must be courteous, inoffensive, and appropriate for all ages.

You are responsible for the content of your comments.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include names, phone numbers, email addresses, or other identifying personal information in public messages. If you need to provide personal information, please send us a private message. More on privacy.

The views of members of the public who post in the museum's social-media channels do not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Museum of Nature. We cannot guaranty the accuracy of these messages.

All comments will be monitored and/or moderated by the Canadian Museum of Nature from 9 am to 4:30 pm (local time), Monday to Friday. Comments posted outside of these hours will be read and addressed as early as possible.

Please keep in mind that we will not tolerate messages that are offensive to an individual or an organization, rude in tone, or abusive.

We also reserve the right to edit, refuse or delete messages, links or images that meet any of the following conditions:

  • messages contrary to the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic, slanderous, insulting, or life-threatening messages
  • messages that contain name-calling, personal attacks and/or defamatory statements
  • serious, unproven, or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations
  • abusive, aggressive, coarse, explicit, vulgar, violent, obscene, or pornographic messages
  • messages that infringe on copyrights
  • messages for advertising purposes
  • messages that suggest or encourage illegal activity
  • messages written in a language other than English or French
  • unintelligible or irrelevant messages
  • intentional trolling, troll baiting, or flaming
  • messages not sent by the author and/or posted by anonymous or robot accounts
  • similar or identical messages posted by single or multiple users
  • messages that do not, in our opinion, add to the normal flow of conversation/debate.

Violations of these guidelines may cause the author to be blocked from the Canadian Museum of Nature's social-media channels.

In the case of ongoing investigations or legal proceedings, we will not be able to comment.