Social media use

Guidance and moderation information for the FCO's social media channels, including specific guidance for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr.

FCO social media guidance

In line with our social media guidance, the FCO encourages all staff to make full use of the opportunities provided by social media to help deliver FCO objectives.

Twitter

The @ForeignOffice Twitter account is managed by the FCO’s digital communications team. We don’t use any automation to post Twitter content. If you follow @ForeignOffice, you can expect regular tweets covering:

  • news and press releases
  • speeches and statements by the Foreign Secretary and Foreign Office ministers
  • photos
  • retweets of notable announcements by UK government departments and organisations
  • live event coverage

The FCO Ministerial team social media accounts are:

If we follow a Twitter or Facebook account it doesn’t imply any kind of endorsement.

Our other central Twitter accounts include:

  • @SMcDonaldFCO, the official Twitter account of Foreign Office Permanent Under Secretary Sir Simon McDonald.
  • @JoannaRoperFCO, Special Envoy for Gender Equality
  • @FCOTravel, run by the FCO’s consular team
  • @FCOArabic, the official Foreign Office Twitter channel in Arabic
  • @FCOHumanRights, run by the Human Rights and Communications team
  • @UKagainstDaesh Updates on UK government and Global Coalition actions to defeat to daesh
  • @end_svc, focused on ending sexual violence in conflict
  • @UKUrdu, sharing our Urdu language content
  • @FCOFLAGG The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) staff association of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

@replies, mentions and direct messages

For @FCOTravel our consular staff monitor and respond to relevant enquiries. For our other central accounts, we review @replies and mentions but don’t generally reply to them.

We also won’t normally reply to direct messages. The limitations of Twitter’s format mean that we wouldn’t be able to give you a full and useful reply. We can’t engage on issues of party politics.

Twitter and FOI

For Freedom of Information (FOI) requests we will usually ask for an email address to reply to. If we can reply in a single tweet we may do so.

See the rest of our Twitter accounts.

Facebook

The Foreign Office’s Facebook page is managed by the FCO’s digital communications team, FCOTravel is managed by consular staff.

They are used to highlight speeches, announcements and activity from across the FCO. Comments posted on and messages received on our Facebook pages are views of individuals and don’t represent the views of the government.

See the rest of our Facebook accounts.

Our Facebook moderation policy

We look forward to receiving your comments and participation in the discussions on this page and would like to publish as many as possible. However we do ask that our followers adhere to certain good practices and conventions of polite and constructive discourse.

Therefore we will not publish and will remove comments that:

  • contain abusive, obscene, indecent or offensive language
  • contain swear words or other sorts of profanity
  • contain abusive language towards an individual involved in the thread, other organisations or the page administrator
  • are completely removed from the topic of conversation or non-relevant to the item posted on the wall
  • constitute spam or promote or advertise products except where it is for an event, publication or similar item that has direct relevance to the subject of discussion. Information about locating and sharing knowledge and expertise is welcomed, but within the specific discussion provided
  • are designed to cause nuisance to the page administrator or other users

We encourage open, lively debate but the decision to publish comments received via this site remains at the admin’s discretion. Comments that violate any of the above rules will be removed or not be published. We will not edit any of your comments.

We make no commitment to respond to individual and repeat offenders may be blocked from using the Facebook page indefinitely.

We may at any time, without notice to you, revise this policy and any other information contained in this page.

Flickr and Instagram

The FCO’s Flickr photostream and Instagram account feature images from a wide range of events, from social engagements at King Charles Street to state visits.

On Flickr we tag images so you can see where they were taken, and create sets of pictures for each month and major visit. We don’t allow comments on images. Photos are subject to copyright and not normally available for re-use without permission.

On Instagram we share images from our embassies round the world, and encourage you to comment and like our images.

See a full list of our Flickr accounts.

Central Foreign Office social media accounts

  Twitter Facebook Other
Foreign Office @ForeignOffice Foreign Office Foreign Office in Arabic Foreign Office in Urdu Flickr Google+ YouTube Instagram Buzzfeed Storify Foursquare Pinterest LinkedIn FCO podcasts on iTunes AudioBoo Snapchat - UkForeignOffice
FCO Travel @FCOTravel FCO Travel Travel South America FCO Travel Blog
FCO Human Rights @FCOHumanRights    
Careers FCO Careers EU and International Organisation Careers    
End Sexual Violence In Conflict Sexual Violence in War End Sexual Violence in Conflict Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Tumblr
Forced Marriage Unit @FMUnit Forced Marriage Unit  
Climate Change & Energy Department @FCOClimate    
Arabic Spokesperson in London      
UK government Arabic Spokesperson in MENA @EdSamuelFCO    
FCO & Europe @FCOEurope UK in the South Caucasus  
Sudan Unit @SudanUnit    
International Cyber Policy Unit @LondonCyber    
FCO Board Digital Champion @JulianKingFCO    
Communications Hugh Elliott, Director of Communication    
Operations Deborah Bronnert, Chief Operating Officer    
Estates and Security Corin Robertson, Director Estates and Security    
Chief Scientific Advisor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Advisor    
Digital Diplomacy     Digital Diplomacy Blog
FCO Historians @FCOHistorians    
Chevening Scholarships @CheveningFCO Chevening Scholarships Chevening Scholarships Google+ Chevening Conversations Blog
Wilton Park @WiltonPark Richard Burge, Chief Executive Wilton Park Wilton Park Blog
International Leaders Programme @IntLeaders    
Diplomatic Academy @UKDipAcademy    
Commonwealth Envoy @DConcar    
UK Science & Innovation Network @UKSINet    
South America @FCOSouthAmerica    

Worldwide Foreign Office social media accounts

  Twitter Facebook Other
Afghanistan UK in Afghanistan, HMA Dominic Jermey UK in Afghanistan UK in Afghanistan Flickr UK in Afghanistan Blog
Albania UK in Albania HMA Duncan Norman UK in Albania UK in Albania Flickr
Algeria UK in Algeria HMA Andrew Noble UK in Algeria UK in Algeria Flickr
Angola UK in Angola HC John Dennis UK in Angola UK in Angola Flickr
Anguilla Caribbean Governor Christina Scott Governor’s Office in Anguilla  
Argentina Ambassador Mark Kent, UK in Argentina UK in Argentina UK in Argentina Flickr
Armenia UK in Armenia HMA Judith Farnworth UK in Armenia UK in Armenia Flickr UK in Armenia Blog
Australia UK in Australia British Consulate General Melbourne HC Menna Rawlings UK in Australia UK in Australia Flickr
Austria UK in Austria HMA Leigh Turner UK in Austria Leigh Turner Blog Leigh Turner Instagram UK in Austria Flickr UK in Austria on YouTube UK in Austria on Audioboom
Azerbaijan UK in Azerbaijan UK in Azerbaijan UK in Azerbaijan Flickr
Bahrain UK in Bahrain UK in Bahrain UK in Bahrain Flickr
Bangladesh UK in Bangladesh HC Alison Blake UK in Bangladesh UK in Bangladesh Flickr
Barbados Caribbean UK in Barbados UK in Caribbean Instagram
Belarus UKinBelarus UK in Belarus UK in Belarus Flickr Fionna Gibb Blog UK in Belarus Instagram UK in Belarus LinkedIn
Belgium HMA Alison Rose UK in Belgium UK in Belgium  
Belize   UK in Belize  
Bolivia UK in Bolivia HC James Thornton UK in Bolivia UK in Bolivia Flickr
Bosnia & Herzegovina HMA Edward Ferguson UK in Bosnia & Herzegovina Edward Ferguson blog UK in Bosnia and Herzegovina Flickr
Botswana UK in Botswana UK in Botswana UK in Botswana Flickr, HMA Katherine Ransome’s blog
Brazil UK in Brazil HMA Alex Ellis GREAT BRITAIN Brazil UK in Brazil UK in Brazil Flickr Speaker’s Corner Blog HMA Alex Ellis HuffingtonPost Blog (Portuguese) UK in Brazil Google Plus UK in Brazil LinkedIn
British Virgin Islands Caribbean UK in British Virgin Islands UK in British Virgin Islands
Brunei UK in Brunei UK in Brunei UK in Brunei Flickr
Bulgaria HMA Emma Hopkins UK in Bulgaria BCG Simon Tucker UK in Bulgaria UK in Bulgaria Flickr UK in Bulgaria on YouTube British Embassy Sofia Blog Emma Hopkins blog
Burma UK in Burma Matthew Hedges FCO Burma UK in Burma Flickr
Burundi   UK in Burundi  
Cambodia UK in Cambodia HMA Bill Longhurst UK in Cambodia UK in Cambodia Flickr
Cameroon UK in Cameroon HC Brian Olley UK in Cameroon  
Canada UK in Canada UK in Canada (Français) HC Howard Drake DHM Thomas Barry BCG Calgary, Caroline Saunders BCG Montreal, Nick Baker BCG Toronto, Kevin McGurgan UK in Canada UK in Canada Instagram UK in Canada Flickr UK in Canada Blog Nicole Arbour Blog Science & Innovation Network: Canada Storify
Caribbean UK in Caribbean    
Cayman Islands UK in Cayman Islands UK in Cayman Islands  
Chile UK in Chile HMA Fiona Clouder UK in Chile UK in Chile Flickr
China UK in China UK in China Sina Weibo Mandarin language blog YouKu UK in China Flickr
Colombia UK in Colombia HMA Peter Tibber UK in Colombia UK in Colombia Flickr
Costa Rica UK in Costa Rica UK in Costa Rica UK in Costa Rica Flickr
Croatia UK in Croatia HMA Andrew Dalgleish UK in Croatia UK in Croatia Flickr UK in Croatia on YouTube
Cuba HMA Tim Cole UK in Cuba UK in Cuba HMA Tim Cole blog UK in Cuba Flickr
Cyprus UK in Cyprus UK in Cyprus UK in Cyprus Flickr
Czech Republic Czech Republic HMA Jan Thompson UK in Czech Republic Brits in the Czech Republic UK in Czech Republic Flickr
Denmark UK in Denmark HMA Dominic Schroeder UK in Denmark UK in Denmark Flickr
Dominican Republic UK in Dominican Republic UK in Dominican Republic UK in Dominican Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo UK in Democratic Republic of Congo UK in Democratic Republic of Congo UK in Democratic Republic of Congo Blog
Ecuador UK in Ecuador HMA Patrick Mullee UK in Ecuador UK in Ecuador Flickr
Egypt HMA John Casson UK in Egypt UK in Egypt UK in Egypt Instagram UK in Egypt on YouTube
El Salvador UK in El Salvador HMA Linda Cross UK in El Salvador UK in El Salvador Flickr
Estonia HMA Theresa Bubbear UK in Estonia UK in Estonia UK in Estonia Flickr
Ethiopia UK in Ethiopia HMA Susanna Moorehead UK in Ethiopia UK in Ethiopia Youtube UK in Ethiopia Instagram
Falkland Islands Government House Falkland Islands    
Fiji HC Melanie Hopkins UK in Fiji UK in South Pacific UK in Fiji Flickr
Finland UK in Finland HMA Sarah Price UK in Finland UK in Finland Flickr
France UK in France British in France HMA Edward Llewellyn UK in France UK in France Flickr UK in France Instagram UK in France Soundcloud
Georgia UK in Georgia HMA Justin McKenzie Smith UK in Georgia  
Germany UK in Germany HMA Sir Sebastian Wood UK in Germany UK in Germany Flickr
Ghana UK in GhanaHC Jon Benjamin UK in Ghana UK in Ghana Flickr
Greece UK in Greece HMA Kate Smith UK in Greece UK in Greece Flickr Greek Blogyssey Blog
Guatemala UK in Guatemala UK in Guatemala UK in Guatemala Flickr UK in Guatemala Blog Sarah Dickson Blog
Guinea   British Embassy Conakry  
Guyana High Commissioner Greg Quinn    
Haiti UK in Haiti    
Holy See HMA Sally Axworthy UK in Holy See   UK in Holy See Flickr
Honduras Ambassador Carolyn Davidson UK in Honduras  
Hong Kong UK in Hong Kong BCG Caroline Wilson UK in Hong Kong  
Hungary UK in Hungary UK in Hungary UK in Hungary Flickr UK in Hungary on YouTube
Iceland UK in Iceland HMA Michael Nevin UK in Iceland UK in Iceland Flickr
India UK in India DHC Geoff Wain DHC Dominic McAllister DHC David Lelliott DHC Bharat Joshi DHC Andrew McAllister Bruce Buckwell DHC Kumar Iyer UK in India UK in India Hindi Blog: Bharat Joshi Blog: Prosperity, Economic and Trade Policy Team Blog: Science & Innovation Network India Eventbrite Flickr Foursquare Instagram LinkedIn Periscope: Follow UKinIndia Shorthand Social Snapchat: Add UKinIndia Souncloud Storify Youtube Vine
li Indonesia UK in Indonesia HMA Moazzam Malik UK in Indonesia UK in Indonesia Flickr
Iran UK in Iran UK for Iranians UK for Iranians Google+ (بریتانیا برای ایرانیان)
Iraq UK in Iraq HMA Frank Baker UK in Erbil UK in Iraq  
Ireland UK in Ireland HMA Robin Barnett UK in Ireland UK in Ireland Flickr
Israel UK in Israel HMA David Quarrey UK in Israel UK in Israel Flickr UK in Israel Instagram
Italy UK in Italy Italy (Italiano) HMA Jill Morris UK in Italy UK in Italy Flickr HMA Jill Morris Instagram
Ivory Coast   UK in Ivory Coast  
Jamaica HC David Fitton UK in Jamaica UK in Jamaica Flickr UK in Jamaica Blog
Japan UK in Japan HMA Tim Hitchens CG in Osaka UK in Japan (Tokyo) UK in Japan Flickr Tom Burn Blog
Jerusalem UK in Jerusalem UK in Jerusalem UK in Jerusalem on YouTube UK in Jerusalem on Instagram
Jordan UK in Jordan HMA Edward Oakden UK in Jordan UK in Jordan instagram
Kazakhstan UK in Kazakhstan DHM Sara Pickering UK in Kazakhstan Carolyn Browne blog UK in Kazakhstan Flickr UK in Kazakhstan on YouTube
Kenya UK in Kenya HC Nic Hailey UK in Kenya  
Korea UK in Korea HMA Charles Hay UK in Korea UK in Korea Flickr UK in Korea Instagram
Kosovo UK in Kosovo HMA Ruairi O´Connell UK in Kosovo HMA Ruairi O´Connell UK in Kosovo YouTube
Kyrgyzstan UK in Kyrgyzstan HMA Robin Ord-Smith UK in Kyrgyzstan  
Kuwait UK in Kuwait HMA Matthew Lodge UK in Kuwait UK in Kuwait Instagram
Laos UK in Laos UK in Laos UK in Laos Flickr Philip Malone Blog
Latvia HMA Sarah Cowley UK in Latvia UK in Latvia UK in Latvia Flickr
Lebanon UK in Lebanon HMA Hugo Shorter UK in Lebanon UK in Lebanon on Instagram
Liberia   UK in Liberia  
Libya UK in Libya HMA Peter Millett UK in Libya  
Lithuania UK in Lithuania HMA Claire Lawrence UK in Lithuania UK in Lithuania Flickr Claire Lawrence blog
Luxembourg HMA John Marshall UK in Luxembourg UK in Luxembourg Flickr
Macedonia UK in Macedonia HMA Charles Garrett UK in Macedonia HMA Charles Garrett UK in Macedonia Flickr UK in Macedonia Blog
Madagascar UK in Madagascar Timothy Smart UK in Madagascar  
Malawi UK in Malawi UK in Malawi  
Malaysia UK in Malaysia HMA Vicki Treadell UK in Malaysia UK in Malaysia Flickr Nikesh Mehta Blog
Maldives UK in Maldives   UK in Maldives Flickr
Mali   UK in Mali  
Malta UK in Malta BHC Stuart Gill UK in Malta UK in Malta Flickr
Mauritius HC Jonathan Drew UK in Mauritius  
Mexico UK in Mexico HMA Duncan Taylor UK in Mexico UK in Mexico Flickr
Moldova UK in Moldova UK in Moldova UK in Moldova Flickr UK in Moldova YouTube
Mongolia HMA Catherine Arnold UK in Mongolia  
Montenegro UK in Montenegro UK in Montenegro  
Montserrat Governor Adrian Davis UK in Montserrat  
Morocco UK in Morocco HMA Karen Betts UK in Morocco  
Mozambique UK in Mozambique HC Joanna Kuenssberg UK in Mozambique UK in Mozambique Flickr
Namibia HC Jo Lomas UK in Namibia  
Nepal UK in Nepal HMA Richard Morris UK in Nepal  
Netherlands UK in Netherlands HMA Geoffrey Adams DHM Nick Heath International Law Team Anne-Marie Pietersz-Powell (Vice Consul to the Dutch Caribbean) UK in Netherlands UK in Netherlands Flickr
New Zealand UK in New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Sinclair UK in New Zealand UK in New Zealand Flickr
Nicaragua UK in Nicaragua UK in Nicaragua  
Niger      
Nigeria UK in Nigeria HC Paul Arkwright UK in Nigeria UK in Nigeria Flickr
Norway UK in Norway HMA Sarah Gillett UK in Norway UK in Norway Flickr British Embassy Oslo YouTube UK in Norway blog
Oman UK in Oman HMA Jon Wilks UK in Oman  
Overseas Territories British Overseas Territories UK Overseas Territories Family  
Pakistan UK in Pakistan Thomas Drew CMG UK in Pakistan UK in Pakistan Flickr UK in Pakistan Blog
Panama UK in Panama HMA Ian Collard UK in Panama  
Papua New Guinea   UK in South Pacific UK in Papua New Guinea
Paraguay UK in Paraguay HMA Jeremy Hobbs British Embassy Asuncion  
Peru UK in Peru UK in Peru UK in Peru Flickr UK in Peru Blog
Philippines UK in Philippines HMA Asif Ahmad UK in Philippines UK in Philippines Flickr
Poland UK in Poland HMA Jonathan Knott UK in Poland UK in Poland Flickr
Portugal UK in Portugal HMA Kirsty Hayes DHM Peter Abbott UK in Portugal Brits in Portugal UK in Portugal Flickr
Qatar UK in Qatar HMA Ajay Sharma UK in Qatar UK in Qatar Flickr UK in Qatar Youtube UK in Qatar Instagram Nicholas Hopton Blog
Romania UK in Romania HMA Paul Brummell UK in Romania UK in Romania Flickr Raluca Bragarea Blog HMA Paul Brummell Blog HMA Paul Brummell Instagram UK in Romania YouTube
Russia UK in Russia UK in Russia UK in Russia Flickr Martin Harris Blog Keith Allan blog UK in Russia on YouTube
Rwanda UK in Rwanda HC William Gelling UK in Rwanda UK in Rwanda Flickr
Saudi Arabia UK in Saudi Arabia HMA Simon Collis UK in Saudi Arabia UK in Saudi Arabia Flickr
Senegal UK in Senegal HMA Hodgson George UK in Senegal  
Serbia UK in Serbia HMA Denis Keefe DHM Tracy Gallagher UK in Serbia UK in Serbia Flickr UK in Serbia Instagram
Seychelles UK in Seychelles HC Caron Röhsler UK in Seychelles  
Sierra Leone UK in Sierra Leone UK in Sierra Leone UK in Sierra Leone Flickr UK in Sierra Leone Blog
Singapore UK in Singapore HC Scott Wightman UK in Singapore UK in Singapore Flickr
Slovakia UK in Slovakia HMA Andy Garth UK in Slovakia UK in Slovakia Flickr
Slovenia UK in Slovenia HMA Sophie Honey UK in Slovenia UK in Slovenia Flickr UK in Slovenia
Solomon Islands   UK in South Pacific  
Somalia UK in Somalia HMA David Concar UK in Somalia Blog
South Africa UK in South Africa HC Judith MacGregor DHC Peter Boxer UK in South Africa UK in South Africa Flickr Judith Macgregor Blog
South Sudan UK in South Sudan UK in South Sudan  
Spain UK in Spain Spain (focused on information for British community living in Spain) Brits Visiting Spain HMA Simon Manley DHM Tim Hemmings UK in Spain Brits Living In Spain UK in Spain Flickr UK in Spain on YouTube HMA Simon Manley Instagram
Sri Lanka UK in Sri Lanka HC James Dauris UK in Sri Lanka UK in Sri Lanka Flickr Laura Davies Blog
Sudan UK in Sudan HMA Michael Aron UK in Sudan UK in Sudan YouTube Michael Aron Blog
Sweden UK in Sweden HMA David Cairns UK in Sweden UK in Sweden Flickr
Switzerland British Embassy Berne HMA David Moran UK in Swittzerland David Moran Blog UK in Switzerland on YouTube UK in Switzerland Flickr
Syria UK for Syria Special Rep for Syria, Gareth Bayley UK for Syria  
Taiwan UK in Taiwan   UK in Taiwan Flickr
Tajikistan UK in Tajikistan UK in Tajikistan UK in Tajikistan Flickr UK in Tajikistan Blog
Tanzania UK in Tanzania UK in Tanzania UK in Tanzania Instagram UK in Tanzania Flickr
Thailand UK in Thailand HMA Brian Davidson UK in Thailand UK in Thailand Flickr
The Gambia UK in Gambia UK in Gambia  
Trinidad & Tobago UK in Trinidad & Tobago HMC Tim Stew UK in Trinidad & Tobago  
Tunisia UK in Tunisia HMA Louise de Sousa UK in Tunisia British Embassy Tunis Storify
Turkey UK in Turkey HMA Richard Moore HMC Tim Fisher UK in Turkey HMA Richard Moore blog UK in Turkey Flickr
Turks & Caicos Islands UK in Turks and Caicos Islands UK in Turks and Caicos Islands  
UAE UK in UAE HMA Philip Parham HMCG Paul Fox UK in UAE HMA Philip Parham Blog UK in UAE on instagram
Uganda UK in Uganda UK in Uganda  
Ukraine UK in Ukraine HMA Judith Gough UK in Ukraine UK in Ukraine Flickr UK in Ukraine YouTube Judith Gough blog
Uruguay UK in Uruguay HMA Ben Lyster-Binns UK in Uruguay UK in Uruguay Instagram
USA UK in USA HMA Kim Darroch DHM Patrick Davies UK in Atlanta BCG Atlanta, Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford UK in Boston BCG Boston, Harriet Cross UK in Chicago Denver Consul Erin Kuhn UK in Florida Miami CG, David Prodger UK in Los Angeles CG LA, Chris O’Connor UK in New York CG New York, Danny Lopez UK in San Francisco BCG San Francisco, Andrew Whittaker Seattle Consul Robin Twyman UK in Texas UK in USA UK in Atlanta UK in Chicago UK in Houston UK in California UK in New York UK in Miami UK in USA Google+ UK in USA Flickr UK in USA Blog Danny Lopez Blog Partners in Prosperity Blog Shoulder to Shoulder Blog UK in New York Blog Patrick Davies Huffington Post Blog UK in USA Pinterest UK in USA Instagram UK in New York Instagram UK in Chicago Instagram UK in Texas Instagram UK in Florida Instagram UK in USA Tumblr
Uzbekistan UK in Uzbekistan HMA Chris Allan UK in Uzbekistan UK in Uzbekistan Flickr HMA Chris Allan Blog
Venezuela UK in Venezuela, HMA John Saville UK in Venezuela UK in Venezuela Flickr
Vietnam UK in Vietnam UK in Vietnam UK in Vietnam Flickr Antony Stokes Blog
Yemen UK in Yemen HMA Edmund Fitton-Brown UK in Yemen  
Zambia UK in Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet UK in Zambia  
Zimbabwe @UKinZimbabwe HMA Catriona Laing UK in Zimbabwe  

UK missions to international organisations

  Twitter Facebook Other
European Union UK Permanent Representation to the EU HMA Angus Lapsley   UK Rep to the EU Flickr
United Nations UK Mission to the United Nations, New York UK Mission Geneva UK Mission Vienna Matthew Rycroft Julian Braithwaite UK Mission to the UN Geneva UK UN in New York Flickr UK Mission to the UN Tumblr UK Mission to UN Geneva on YouTube Julian Braithwaite blog Bob Last blog
World Trade Organisation UK Mission Geneva   UK in Geneva Flickr
Council of Europe UK Delegation to the Council of Europe Christopher Yvon    
OECD UK Permanent Delegation to the OECD    
OSCE UK Delegation to the OSCE HMA Sian MacLeod   Sian MacLeod blog
NATO UK Joint Delegation to NATO   UK at NATO Flickr