TipsFacebook Privacy Settings
We encourage all service members and their families to use the following minimum
recommended privacy settings on Facebook. It is your decision to share more or
just make it an informed decision!
Two Types of Postings - Unofficial and Official
Unofficial internet posts are not initiated by any part of the National Guard or
reviewed within any official National Guard approval process. Official internet
posts involve content released in an official capacity by a National Guard
public affairs office.
Posting internal documents or information that the National Guard has not
officially released to the public is prohibited, including memos, e-mails,
meeting notes, message traffic, white papers, public affairs guidance,
pre-decisional materials, investigatory information and proprietary information.
Guard members are also not allowed to release National Guard
e-mail addresses, telephone numbers or fax numbers
not already authorized for public release.
Assigned to Federal Mission
When assigned to a federal mission, Guard members must comply with Army or Air
Force guidelines for use of social media and are subject to disciplinary
action under the
Uniform Code of Military Justice.
As with other forms of communication, Guard members must also adhere to federal
laws, National Guard regulations and governing policies when making unofficial
They are personally responsible for all content they publish on social
networking sites, blogs or other websites.
Behavior - Comments
As with other forms of personal public engagement, Guard members must avoid
offensive and inappropriate behavior that could bring discredit upon themselves
and the National Guard. This includes posting any defamatory, libelous, obscene,
abusive, threatening, racially or ethnically hateful or otherwise offensive or
illegal information or material.
Guard members should use privacy settings on
social networking sites so posted personal information
and photos can be viewed only by their "friends."
They should also recognize that social network "friends" and "followers" could
affect determinations in background
investigations for security clearances.
Keep in mind that what happens online, is available to everyone, everywhere.
There should be no assumption of privacy
when Guard members begin to interact with others online.
Guard members should not post information that would infringe upon the privacy,
proprietary or personal rights of others or use any words, logos or other marks
that would infringe upon the trademark, service mark, certification mark, or
other intellectual property rights of the owners of such marks without the
permission of the owners.
Guard members should review their accounts daily for possible use or changes by
unauthorized users and should install and maintain current anti-virus and
on their personal computers.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Personally Identifiable Information (PII), as used in information security, refers to
information that can be used to uniquely identify, contact, or locate a single person or
can be used with other sources to uniquely identify a single individual.
SOCIAL MEDIA TIP SHEET
TAG Policy Letter
Social Media and Operations Security
If you arenít comfortable placing the same information
on a sign in your front yard, donít put it online!
Army Social Media Handbook
Social Media Guidebook
For answers to social media questions, Guard members should
contact their local public affairs office or the
National Guard social media office at