Social Media Comment Policy
To maintain a respectful dialogue, we've posted our comment policy below.
Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain relevant to the content posted by the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) Facebook page.
Be respectful. Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited. Instigating arguments in a disrespectful way is also prohibited. Comments or submissions that contain the following will be removed: vulgar, profane, hateful, or abusive language or images; personal attacks of any kind; or offensive terms that discriminate against specific ethnic, national, or racial groups.
Tell the truth. Spreading misleading or false information is prohibited.
No spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in a counter-productive manner is prohibited — this includes posts aggressively promoting services or products. We will remove comments that are spam, are clearly “off topic” or that promote services or products.
We retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to remove comments. The views expressed within posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. European Command, or the federal government. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting comments should only be expected to occur during regular business hours.
EUCOM collects no personally identifiable information (PII) about you unless you choose to provide that information to us Non-PII information related to your visit to our websites may be automatically collected and temporarily stored to help us make our sites more useful to visitors. EUCOM does not share information you provide.
Reporters are asked to send questions to the relevant media office through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be answered. This comment policy is valid for all discussions on any EUCOM managed forum. Thank you for taking the time to review our comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.
More information regarding official military social media sites and policies can be found within the Department of Defense Social Media User Agreement.
Reference: EUCOM Social Media Comment Policy and Third-Party Websites (PDF)
Social Media and Cyber Security
Whether it's on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networking site, there are a few simple and proactive measures you can take to protect you and your family's online information from those who wish to do harm with your information.
Don't use a password that's easy to crack. Your password should consist of 20 characters either randomly generated, or by using a combination of random words. Insert a few numbers and symbols to bolster your password strength.
- When in doubt, throw it out. Links in email, tweets, posts, and online ads are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If something looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it is best to delete or mark as junk email.
- Limit access to your accounts. Minimize who can access your information, and remember you are never entirely alone when you're online. Only allow access to your online accounts if the need exists, and be sure the other users know how to safeguard your personally identifiable information. Also, review your privacy and security settings on a regular basis.
- Think operational security (OPSEC). Think before you post pictures, "check in" to a certain location, or post personal data. Ask yourself, who can see this information and how could they misuse it?
The Department of Defense offers a variety of cybersecurity training and resources for servicemembers, family members, and the general public to use to protect their online data.
The 2015 Defense Media Activity Guide to Keeping Your Social Media Accounts Secure (PDF) - This document offers advice and step-by-step directions for adjusting security settings on specific social networking sites.
The 2013 U.S. Army Social Media Handbook (Slideshare) - This document shares social media information and recommendations for good online practices.
The 2013 U.S. Air Force Social Media Guide (PDF) - This document is available to help Air Force leaders, Airmen and families share information effectively while following Air Force instructions and protecting operations security.