facebook commenting policy
PUBLISHED: August 12, 2020 | MODIFIED: 8/12/2020 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Please read these rules carefully. They outline what Facebook considers to be acceptable and unacceptable content. They may update the rules from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment.
First & Foremost: It's Your Content and Your Opinions Are Welcomed
We welcome your opinions. We want our readers to see and understand different points of view. Try to contribute to the thread, rather than just stating if you agree or disagree. Unless you have a witty one-liner, please explain why you hold your opinion.
Second: Freedom of Speech Doesn't Protect You from Speaking Freely
Once your comment is online, everyone with Internet access can read it. Please make your comment clear to ensure that it is not misunderstood. Your comment may be rated by other users and categorised e.g. best and worst rated. You can express a strong opinion but please do not go over the top. Don't forget that you are legally responsible for what you submit. Please consider how your comment could be received by others. Many different types of people of different ages may view your comment.
Third: The Comment Should Depict the Mature Adult You Are
Please be polite. Do not use swear words or crude or sexual language. Only English is allowed. Keep your submissions relevant to the story or topic. Do not insult other contributions or discuss the non-appearance or removal of any content on this Site or the suspension or termination of any users. If you would like to discuss the operation of the Site with us, please email us on [email protected]
Fourth: All Jokes Aside. Report Abuse.
We strongly support the Your Content community in maintaining high standards of participation. If you consider that a comment does not comply with these rules or our Terms, please use the relevant Report Abuse facility, located just under the comment in issue. The facility should only be used for serious complaints, not simply because you disagree with something said.
Fifth: Use Common Decency When Discussing the Story
You must not make or encourage comments which are: defamatory, false or misleading; insulting, threatening or abusive; obscene or of a sexual nature; offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic or discriminatory against any religions or other groups.
- defamatory, false or misleading;
- insulting, threatening or abusive;
- obscene or of a sexual nature;
- offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic or discriminatory against any religions or other groups.
If you want to remember only one thing about social media, it's this:
When you publish on Twitter, Facebook, or other platforms, you are not sharing something with a few "friends" or "followers." You are stepping up to a microphone and making public statements that will be recorded forever and potentially broadcast to everyone on earth.
Most people won't be listening when you first make your remarks or share your pictures or videos. But some will. And if you should ever happen to say or post something particularly provocative or newsworthy or offensive or shocking, millions of others will immediately tune in.
Importantly, it doesn't matter what you meant or what you were thinking when you hit "publish." What matters is what people think you meant. Perception is reality. So use good judgment.
Sixth: Confidentiality is Key, As Are Privacy & Contempt
Please respect people's privacy. You are not allowed to submit confidential or private information. For example, you must not upload the telephone number, email address or any other contact details of any person.
Seventh: No Advertising, Solicitation or Investigations
You must not use our Site for:
- the promotion of any products or services or for any other commercial purpose;
- any sponsorship, petition, campaign, scheme or chain message;
- an investigation e.g. tracing the whereabouts of any person.
Eighth: Don't Impersonate Others and Use Proper Disclosure
You must not pretend to be someone else (e.g. an expert, another user or a member of our team). You must not pretend that you are unconnected to a story or topic, when in fact you are. If you have a personal connection to a story or topic, you should disclose your connection or, where appropriate, not comment at all.
Ninth: No Outside Linking or Copyright Infringment
You must not insert links to websites (URLs) or submit content which would be an infringement of copyright.
Tenth: Respect Facebook's Rules in Deciding What Is Acceptable
In deciding what is acceptable, please also respect the spirit and tone of these rules and the community.
Eleventh: Removal of Content
Reader comments that violate the letter or spirit of these rules or our Terms may be removed (or, if checked in advance, not published in the first place).
If we do remove something, we will generally remove whole posts, or where necessary, whole threads (not parts). This means that even if only one sentence is objectionable, the whole comment will usually be removed (or not published).
If a comment or a thread is removed, this may be for any number of reasons. Usually, this will be because the comment breaks these rules or our Terms or is the subject of an abuse report. Sometimes, the comment may be removed because it is connected to another comment which is being removed. We hope that you will understand that, once properly notified of a complaint, we may have to remove a comment for legal reasons (whatever the rights and wrongs).
If your content has been removed, we may email you to let you know or to inform you if you have been suspended or banned from submitting further comments to the Site.
If you are aware that content has been removed, you must not deliberately resubmit the same content.
Twelfth: Suspension & Termination
We reserve the right to suspend or ban an account at our sole discretion. Here are some reasons why we might do so:
- Breaching these rules or our Terms;
- Serious failure to respect the spirit and tone of the community;
- Conduct or comments that demand a disproportionate amount of our time or that abuse our staff.
The length of a suspension or whether we ban someone depends on all the circumstances. Bans are generally for extreme cases and repeated serious abuse.
If we suspend or ban your registration, you must not attempt to re-register or submit content (eg. using someone else's account), without our permission.
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