3. Coordinating Harm and Publicizing Crime

Policy Rationale

In an effort to prevent and disrupt offline harm and copycat behavior, we prohibit people from facilitating, organizing, promoting, or admitting to certain criminal or harmful activities targeted at people, businesses, property or animals. We allow people to debate and advocate for the legality of criminal and harmful activities, as well as draw attention to harmful or criminal activity that they may witness or experience as long as they do not advocate for or coordinate harm.

Do not post content that falls into the following categories:

Harm against people

Statements of intent, calls to action, or advocating for harm against people that depicts, admits to, or promotes the following acts committed by you or your associates:

  • Acts of physical harm against humans, including acts of domestic violence, except when shared in a context of redemption or defense of self or another person
  • Swatting
  • Encouraging participation in a high-risk viral challenge

Encouraging participation in a high-risk viral challenge

Statements of intent, calls to action, or advocating for harm against animals that depicts, admits to, or promotes:

  • Acts of physical harm against animals committed by you or your associates except in cases of hunting, fishing, religious sacrifice, food preparation or processing, pest or vermin, self-defense or redemption
  • Staged animal vs. animal fights, including acts committed by a third party

Harm against property

Statements of intent, calls to action, or advocating for harm against property that depicts, admits to, or promotes the following acts committed by you or your associates:

  • Vandalism
  • Hacking when the intent is to hijack a domain, corrupt or disrupt cyber systems, seek ransoms, or gain unauthorized access to data systems
  • Theft when committed by you or your associates, as well as positive statements about theft when committed by a third party

Voter and/or Census Fraud

  • Offers to buy or sell votes with cash or gifts
  • Statements that advocate, provide instructions, or show explicit intent to illegally participate in a voting or census process

Voter and/or Census Interference

  • Misrepresentation of the dates, locations, and times, and methods for voting or voter registration or census participation
  • Misrepresentation of who can vote, qualifications for voting, whether a vote will be counted, and what information and/or materials must be provided in order to vote.
  • Misrepresentation of whether a candidate is running or not
  • Misrepresentation of who can participate in the census and what information or materials must be provided in order to participate
  • Calls for coordinated interference that would affect an individual’s ability to participate in the census
  • Content stating that census or voting participation may or will result in law enforcement consequences (e.g., arrest, deportation, imprisonment)
  • Misrepresentation of government involvement in the census, including that an individual’s census information will be shared with another government agency.
  • Other misrepresentations related to voting in an official election or census participation may be subject to false news standards, as referenced in section 20

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