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Social media policy

The Editorial Team reserve the right to remove any post or comment, if it interferes with the flow of the page and the discussions.

This may in exceptional circumstance prevent any member from accessing the page where it is considered necessary in order to protect the group and it’s enjoyment by other members. Posts that target the Administration Team will be removed and the Author may also be removed.

Stance: We believe that the idea of making offensive speech unlawful is a non-starter. Forms of expression that offend some people barely register with others (think of the use of certain swear words or gestures). Forms of expression that are taken as routine and commonplace by many people, offend others. If we were to ban all speech that offends some others, we would in effect have to restrict speech that offends the sensitive and the eccentric, as well as speech that offends more widely.

Offence is in the eye of the beholder, and any attempt to make offensive speech unlawful would place everybody’s freedom of expression at the mercy of others. It would undermine the right to freedom of expression.

We’re thrilled to have you as a part of our online community. We believe in the power of communication and the importance of diverse voices. To ensure that our social media platforms remain a safe and engaging space for all, we’ve outlined some guidelines below:

Respect and Civility: We encourage open discussions and debates, but please ensure that your interactions are respectful and courteous. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

No Hate Speech or Discrimination: Discriminatory language or hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or any other form of bigotry.

Constructive Criticism: We welcome constructive criticism and feedback on our content and programming. However, please express your opinions in a constructive manner and refrain from personal attacks.

No Spam or Self-Promotion: Please refrain from posting spam or engaging in excessive self-promotion. This includes advertisements, links to external websites without context, or repetitive posting.

Privacy and Confidentiality: Respect the privacy of others and refrain from sharing personal or confidential information without consent.

Intellectual Property: Ensure that you have the necessary rights to share any content (text, images, videos) on our platforms. Respect copyright laws and give credit where it’s due.

Free Speech: We believe in the fundamental right to free speech. We encourage open dialogue and diverse viewpoints, even those that may challenge or disagree with our own. We welcome different opinions, we do not welcome behaviour attempting to silencing those views or opinions due to hurt feelings. However, this right comes with responsibilities, including respecting the rights and dignity of others.

No Right Not to Be Offended: We recognize that discussions around sensitive topics may sometimes lead to discomfort or disagreement. However, it is essential to understand that the right to free speech also means there is no inherent right not to be offended. We encourage thoughtful discourse and understanding, even when opinions differ.

Moderation: Our social media platforms and comment areas are moderated to ensure compliance with these guidelines. Inappropriate content may be removed, and repeat offenders may be blocked or banned from participating in our online community.

Reporting Violations: If you encounter content that you believe violates these guidelines or have concerns about inappropriate behaviour, please contact our moderators or administrators who will correspond with you.

By engaging with our social media platforms, you agree to abide by these guidelines. We reserve the right to update or modify these guidelines as needed to ensure the continued integrity and safety of our online community.

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