12. Hate Speech

We do not allow hate speech on 0censor because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.

Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. In some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. People sometimes express contempt in the context of a romantic break-up. Other times, they use gender-exclusive language to control membership in a health or positive support group, such as a breastfeeding group for women only. In all of these cases, we allow the content but expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.

We allow humor and social commentary related to these topics. In addition, we believe that people are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary using their authentic identity.

We do not consider boycotts as a form of hate speech unless it targets an individual or group of people based on these characteristics – race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We will not stop boycotts for political purposes, but if we find this crosses over to target a race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability we will ban it.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form)- that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm-like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or ‘objects’
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as ‘it’
      • This does not include being forced to admit to their own sexual identity, sticking to biological sex is not hate speech.

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Culturally perceived negative character trait, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: “I believe that males are superior to females.”
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristic, including but not limited to: homophobia, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn’t exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don’t like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, such as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to “expel” or “not allowed”.
  • Political Exclusion defined as the denial of the right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as the denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labor market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies. Speaking with facts about a religious group, or social following is not hate, rather, if shown with facts is simply making statements of facts. 0censor reserves the right to define what is what, but will be open to having our decision challenged.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.