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Hate Speech


There are two primary aims for this policy, the first, and paramount goal, is to prevent harm to individuals resulting from content that has been posted to the Unpress platform. The second is to ensure that Unpress remains a safe environment where people feel comfortable to create, share and engage.

We recognize that there are challenges to defining what Hate speech is, and so, we choose to define it directly below as applies to the use of the UNPRESS platform. Hate speech is speech that:

  • Attacks people or groups of people directly

  • Is any type of communication that targets protected classes, which includes: race, ethnicity, skin color, religion or creed, national origin, sex - including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or serious disease, veteran status, genetic information or citizenship. To these classes we add: refugee status, cast and social class.

  • We consider age as a targeted protected class when referenced in conjunction with another protected class.

We define attacks as follows when applied to the scope of the previous definition of hate speech:

  • Harassment

  • Violent or dehumanizing speech, including slurs that are not used self-referentially

  • Harmful stereotypes that dehumanize and have historically been used to attack, intimidate or exclude groups of people and that are often linked to violence

  • Statements of inferiority

  • Expressions of contempt, disgust or dismissal

  • Cursing and calls for exclusion or segregation

We may permit content is shared that includes hate speech if it is newsworthy and either condemns it or raises awareness of something in the public interest.

We understand that people use hyperbole and can become passionate in expression that leads to statements that may come close to our definition of hate speech, but has no real intent to cause harm. We try to consider context in distinguishing between casual statements and legitimate risks. Words have power and we must all be responsible and accountable for what we say.

What happens if you violate these standards?

We will reduce platform functionality, remove content, or disable accounts commensurate with the degree to which these standards have been violated. Where necessary we will also collaborate with the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

When we reduce platform functionality we may do this by temporarily barring you from posting additional content either in the form of comments, perspectives, messages or stories. We may also remove you from and group / community memberships as necessary.

For more information see our page: Enforcement Approach

(error) What is in violation of these standards?

Any behavior that can be construed as an attack on a protected class as we have defined it above.

(tick) What is not in violation of these standards?


  • of hyperbole or speech where it is clear that there is no abusive or violent intent

  • is commentary or criticism of an organization or government policy

  • includes slurs that are considered empowering and are self-referential

Content that

  • is newsworthy coverage of events that fall under the descriptions of this section but does not itself repeat, promote or advocate for the hate speech or the objectives which may motivate the hate speech

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