The Massachusetts Judiciary via its Mass.gov/courts website has launched several new web-based tools for outreach, education and information. These tools are not intended to replace the channels currently in place for press and constituent communication. Press inquiries should be directed to the Public Information Office at 617-557-1114. Rather, these tools are meant to augment the state Judiciary's ability to educate, empower, and inform the residents of Massachusetts.

Please be sure to review the privacy policies and terms of use for any social media accounts you access through a link from Mass.gov/courts.

The information below pertains only to the main Mass.Gov portal:

Blogs

Commonwealth Conversations is the official blog site for Commonwealth agencies and branches of government. We encourage you to visit these blogs often and participate by subscribing to our posts. Please note that these blogs are governed by a separate Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These policies apply to your use of the Commonwealth Conversations blogs.

The Mass.gov blogs are hosted under the subdomain http://blog.mass.gov/ (collectively, the “Blogs”) and will be hosted on WP Engine. WP Engine is also subject to website policies of that provider including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These policies apply to your use of the Blogs. The Blogs have their own privacy policy, terms of use and linking policy. The Blogs use the Mass.gov  web accessibility statement and this social media policy. 

Your Third Party Social Media Accounts

Many pages on the Mass.gov portal and on the Blogs allow you to interact with your own third party social media accounts on an affirmative basis.  For example, from a post on a Blog, you may click a button to “like” a post on your Facebook™ account or to pin a post to your Pinterest™ account.  Clicking such a third party social media button on the Mass.gov/courts or on a Blog may prompt you to log into the relevant third party social media provider if you are not already logged in and should work in the same manner as if you logged in to the third party social media provider directly (e.g., it may set one or more persistent cookies as a result of logging in).  If you are already logged in, or once you are logged in, to the third party social media provider, the button will facilitate your interaction with that third party social media provider.  Moreover, when you add content from Mass.gov/courts or from a Blog to your third party social media account, it is possible that your public account information can be associated with Mass.gov/courts or Blog content that you are posting.  For example, if you retweet a tweet posted anywhere on the Mass.gov/courts website (more information on the Mass.Gov Twitter™ account is at the bottom of this policy), someone could use Twitter to search for keyword in the original tweet and, potentially, see your public account information.

In addition to your interaction with third party social media providers on an affirmative basis, we may use widgets that interact on a limited basis (e.g., by accessing a preexisting persistent cookie) with your third party social media provider solely by virtual of your viewing a web page on Mass.gov/courts or on the Blogs.  We will try to note in our privacy policy for the Mass.gov portal or for the Blogs when we are using such a third party social media widget.  For example, if we use a Twitter widget to display a Twitter feed with a “Follow” option, the widget may check with Twitter to determine if are already “following” that feed and present you with the option to un-“follow” the feed.  In these instances, it is technically possible for the third party social media provider to track your movements across the Mass.gov portal and across the Blogs.

These third party social media accounts will be governed by their own separate website policies to which you likely agreed when you signed up.  These website policies usually include a privacy policy and terms of service.  These policies apply to your use of the third party social media account.

RSS Feeds

While you can always check the Mass.gov/courts website for regular updates, it's often easier to have information come to you. RSS lets you do just that. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, updates come to you as we post them.

Mass.gov offers RSS feeds to press releases and other relevant news and information.

Twitter

Twitter is a free social networking site that allows users to send and read other users' short updates (up to 140 characters in length). While people use Twitter in many different ways for both personal and professional reasons, as a matter of policy:

  • The Mass.gov use of Twitter is intended as a means to provide announcements and updates on current events or notices to any other users who elect to watch or follow our Twitter feed.
  • Any Twitter accounts used on Mass.gov/courts will be maintained and monitored by the Judicial Branch.
  • We will not as a matter of course follow individuals who follow us, but we may follow other official government-sponsored Twitter accounts, including official state agency Twitter accounts, media and others as deemed appropriate by Mass.gov/courts.
  • Twitter is one of the many means we may use to connect residents with their government. We will review and update Twitter as much as possible as we monitor and maintain other channels of feedback.
  • Mass.gov/courts will not respond via Twitter to press inquiries and reserves the right to respond to resident questions, complaints, or other constituent matters. Please see our help page to find information on reporting a technical issue.
  • Also note that Twitter and is governed by separate website policies, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Those policies apply to your use of Twitter.