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Social Media Policy

Director of the Public Relations Office
February 21, 2019

This policy outlines how the official social media accounts (hereinafter “accounts”) managed by the Public Relations Office of the University of Tokyo (hereinafter the “Public Relations Office”) are used and how they communicate information.

UTokyo social media accounts other than those listed here are managed by other University organizations and operate under separate policies.

1. Purpose of Social Media Use

Through coordination with the UTokyo website, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and other social media platforms are used to communicate information related to the University, including its initiatives, events, education, research and student activities, with the purpose of enhancing users’ understanding of and interest in the University of Tokyo.

2. Accounts

The Public Relations Office currently manages the following accounts:

Social Media Platform Language URL
Facebook Japanese https://www.facebook.com/UTokyo.News/
English https://www.facebook.com/UTokyo.News.en/
X (formerly Twitter) Japanese https://twitter.com/UTokyo_News
English https://twitter.com/UTokyo_News_en
YouTube Japanese / English https://www.youtube.com/user/UTokyoPR/
Instagram Japanese / English https://www.instagram.com/utokyo_pr/
LinkedIn Japanese / English https://jp.linkedin.com/school/university-of-tokyo/

3. Management

(1) Content of posts

The Public Relations Office posts information related to the University, taking the utmost caution not to infringe upon the privacy, reputations, likenesses or trademarks of others and to be in compliance with relevant laws.

(2) Replies and comments

Replies and comments generally are not given in response to posts and messages received from users through the accounts. Please contact the University via this inquiry form regarding any questions, etc. about University-posted content to the accounts. Also, comments and posts deemed inappropriate may be hidden or deleted without consent from the user commenting.

(3) Shares, reposts (retweets), likes and follows

The Public Relations Office may share, repost (retweet), like or follow other accounts or content when deemed appropriate.

4. Intellectual Property Rights

Photographs, illustrations, audio, video, articles and other intellectual property posted on the accounts belong to the University or to their rightful owners.

Copyrights and other rights associated with comments, etc. posted onto the accounts belong to the users who post them. However, by posting, these users grant the University the royalty-free, non-exclusive right to use their posted content (including by editing, reproducing or translating), and agree not to exercise copyright or other rights on the University.

5. Disclaimers

While the University makes thorough efforts to communicate accurate information from the accounts, it bears no responsibility for any actions taken by users based on this information. The University also bears no responsibility for any trouble or conflict between users or users and third parties resulting from comments posted by users to these accounts or regarding these accounts in general. The University is not responsible for damages suffered by users as a result of interacting with, or being unable to interact with, its social media accounts.

6. Other

Official University announcements will be made via the University of Tokyo website and press releases.

This policy is subject to change without notice.

7. Additional Information

For information on accounts managed by UTokyo organizations other than the Public Relations Office, please see the Social Media Directory.

Last updated: December 14, 2023

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