OSC Social Media Guidelines


Terms of Use

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) maintains its social media sites (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube pages) as a public service for information purposes only. By accessing or using any of OSC’s social media sites (including by following, reading, viewing, sharing or otherwise using any associated posts or content), you agree that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by the OSC’s website Terms of Use and the guidelines set out below, as amended from time to time. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF USE, DO NOT ACCESS OR USE ANY OF OSC’S SOCIAL MEDIA SITES. OSC may change these terms and conditions from time to time by posting the changes on our website. You should review these terms and conditions each time you use any of OSC’s social media sites.

The OSC encourages all users to discuss and interact with its content on its social media sites. You are welcome to post views and opinions in reaction to any content which OSC posts or otherwise publishes on its social media sites. However, by participating on any of OSC’s social media sites, you agree to comply with these guidelines.

Information on OSC's social media sites is not official OSC policy, or legal or financial advice

Information provided on the OSC’s social media sites is to be used for information and educational purposes only.

Content shared on the OSC’s social media sites should not be considered as the authoritative source of new policy or guidance from the OSC; official policy and guidance is shared on the OSC website and in the OSC Bulletin.

The content on the OSC’s social media sites is not intended to provide financial or legal opinions or advice. You should not rely on any such information or act on it in any way. If you want information about a specific financial or investing issue, consult an appropriately qualified professional adviser.

No endorsement

Content shared on the OSC’s social media sites should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the author, the shared content or of any organization the shared content refers to.

Being followed by the OSC does not imply endorsement of any kind.

Termination

OSC may at any time, without notice, in its sole discretion and without cause, terminate your right to access or use any of OSC’s social media sites.

Third Party Terms and Conditions

You acknowledge that your use of the OSC’s social media sites is governed not only by these guidelines, but by the guidelines and other terms and conditions stipulated by the operator of the social media site. In participating in any of the OSC’s social media sites, you agree to comply with the applicable operator’s guidelines and terms and conditions.

Your Content

You acknowledge that any content, views, opinions, responses to questions or other information which you upload, express, submit or otherwise post is available to the public. Other participants may use your posted information beyond the control of the OSC. If you do not wish to have any information you have made available to the public or used, published, copied and/or reprinted by the OSC or any other person, please do not post such information.

No Responsibility for Third Party Views or Opinions

Any content, views, opinions, responses to questions and/or other information uploaded, expressed, submitted or otherwise posted by the creators, sponsors, advertisers or users of the applicable social media site, including on its “walls,” web pages, message boards and groups or otherwise communicated through it, other than the content provided by the OSC, are solely the views, opinions and responsibility of the person submitting them and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the OSC. The OSC is not responsible for content that third parties publish, post, upload, distribute, disseminate or otherwise transmit via any of the OSC’s social media sites.

Right to Moderate

The OSC reserves the sole right to review, edit and/or delete any comment, view, opinion, response or other content it deems inappropriate. The OSC does not condone any form of harassment, written attacks, insults, vulgarity or indecency. You agree not to do any of the following: (i) upload to or transmit using any of the OSC’s social media sites any defamatory, indecent, obscene, harassing, violent or otherwise objectionable material, or any material that is, or may be, protected by copyright, without permission from the copyright owner; (ii) use any of the OSC’s social media sites to violate the legal rights (including the rights of confidentiality and privacy) of others or to violate the laws of any jurisdiction; (iii) misrepresent an affiliation with any person or organization; (iv) upload to or transmit on any of the OSC’s social media sites any advertisements or solicitations of business; (v) upload or otherwise transmit files that contain a virus or corrupted data; (vi) collect information about others (including e-mail addresses) without their consent; (vii) upload or transmit files or photos or include in a comment links that you know, or have reason to believe, cannot be distributed legally using the OSC’s social media sites or that you have an obligation to keep confidential; (viii) engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the OSC’s social media sites, or which, as determined by the OSC, may harm the OSC or visitors to the OSC’s social media sites or expose them to liability.

No Duty to Monitor/Moderate or Respond

Although the OSC has the right to review, edit and/or delete any comment, view, opinion, response or other content it deems inappropriate, the OSC is under no obligation to do so. You acknowledge that the OSC can neither review all material that is posted on its social media sites nor ensure prompt removal of objectionable material. Accordingly, the OSC assumes no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications or content provided by third parties. The OSC has no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or non-performance of the activities described in this paragraph or the paragraph immediately preceding. The OSC does not reply individually to comments received through its social media sites. Comments may be read and any emerging themes or helpful suggestions may be passed to the relevant staff in the OSC. If you have a question, complaint or tip, contact our Inquiries & Contact Centre.

Consequences of Non-Compliance.

Your failure to comply with these guidelines may result in the termination of your access to the OSC’s social media sites.

Need more information?

If you have any questions or complaints about these guidelines, please send an email to 
media_inquiries@osc.gov.on.ca.

Privacy

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