Harassment may take many forms, including online bullying, intimidation, threats (see here and here), doxing, swatting, and brigading. These manifest via comments, direct messages, stories, story descriptions, sources/citations, and ratings of stories and comments.
We prohibit harassment but distinguish between public figures, those in the public eye, and private citizens to allow for critical commentary on newsworthy stories.
Those in the public eye may be people who are featured in the news while public figures are those with a large public audience and/or following. Content may be subject to removal if attacks are severe, personal, or exceed objective criticism, especially if directly tagged. Content shared to condemn or highlight harassment may be permitted, provided it does not further victimize.
For private citizens, degrading or shaming content will be removed. We maintain a zero-tolerance policy for harassment targeting minors. Reporting of such content is often required, and self-reporting is encouraged for potential harassment victims.
Note: This policy does not apply to individuals who are part of designated organizations under the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy or individuals who died prior to 1900.
What happens if you violate these standards?
Content may be labeled or removed, platform functionality may be restricted and for egregious violations, accounts may be banned. We may also relay egregious violations to the appropriate authorities.
For more information see our page: Enforcement Approach
What is in violation of these standards?
Any behavior that is prohibited by the UNPRESS Community Standards, including any behavior that may target or victimize persons. Behaviors include but are not limited to, sending messages, posting stories, posting imagery (original, edited, or fabricated), comments or written descriptions, or creating community groups.
Violations include, but are not limited to:
Unsolicited, repetitive contact that may be unwanted or sexually harassing
Abuse of the Rating system for harassment, including coordinated efforts
Attacks based on protected classes or other personal attributes such as:
Race, ethnicity, skin color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex - including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, or citizenship
Neurodivergent conditions, disease, health conditions, breastfeeding choices, abortion views or choices, physical appearance, previous victimization including domestic or sexual abuse
Unauthorized praise, advocacy, or calls for harm
Sexualization of others (without their knowledge or permission.)
Glorification, celebration, or mockery of harm done to others
Derogatory use of curse words toward others
Defamatory or harassing claims of illegal activity or romantic involvement
Comparisons of individuals to creatures or objects perceived as inferior
What is not in violation of these standards?
Is newsworthy but includes critical commentary on public figures or people in the public eye
Is shared in order to condemn or draw attention to harassment