9. Bullying and Harassment

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms, from making threats to releasing personally identifiable information to sending threatening messages and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on 0censor.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment. For private individuals, our protection goes further: we remove content that’s meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone’s sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18. (Example – Greta Thunberg is a minor, she is also with Autism, to criticize or attack for these reasons will not be allowed, but to criticize or call into question her statements as an international spokesperson for climate change, that is allowed. We do not cut off access like some sites due for daring to criticize her, no one is immune from this when they take an international or national stage)

Context and intent matter and we allow people to share and re-share posts if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to report, but we will also not allow this to be abused, where groups set up to report to shut down speech or political thought they don’t agree with. Spam reporting will result in the participants, not the ones that posted to face discipline including up to be terminated from being able to use the 0censor platform.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threaten to release an individual’s private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Creating or posting content to Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example
    • Calling for death or serious disease or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm

Target another private individual, or public figure who is a minor, with:

  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • High-severity physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
    • Statements of intent to engage in sexual activity or advocating to engage in a sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Content that praises, celebrates or mocks their death
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow,” “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow,” “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual
    • Content that praises, celebrates or mocks their death

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Content questioning hygiene
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fighting context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger,” “lion”)
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity