Community Guidelines

It’s important to us that the experiences and perspectives shared on SaltireSocial help foster an inclusive community. We’ve developed these Guidelines as a way to help you understand the types of content and dialogue to avoid in order to help us achieve this. We ask that you seek to understand their spirit and intent, and work with us to uphold them.

In short, acknowledge others’ sensitivities and viewpoints, and seek to add to the conversation, rather than detract from it.

You may not post media that is excessively gory or share violent or adult content within a live video or in profile header, List banner images, or Community cover photos. Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted.

People use SaltireSocial to show what’s happening in the world, often sharing images and videos as part of the conversation. Sometimes, this media can depict sensitive topics, including violent and adult content. We recognize that some people may not want to be exposed to sensitive content, which is why we balance allowing people to share this type of media with helping people who want to avoid it to do so. 

For this reason, you can’t include violent, hateful, or adult content within areas that are highly visible on SaltireSocial, including in live video, profile, header, List banner images, or Community cover photos.

Under this policy, there are also some types of sensitive media content that we don’t allow at all, because they have the potential to normalize violence and cause distress to those who view them. 

We group sensitive media content into the following categories: 

 

Graphic violence

Graphic violence is any media that depicts death, violence, medical procedures, or serious physical injury in graphic detail. Some examples include but are not limited to, depictions of:

  • violent crimes or accidents; 
  • physical fights;
  • physical child abuse;
  • bodily fluids including blood, feces, semen etc.;
  • serious physical harm, including visible wounds; and
  • severely injured or mutilated animals. 

Note: exceptions may be made for documentary or educational content. 

 

Adult content

Adult content is any consensually produced and distributed media that is pornographic or intended to cause sexual arousal. Some examples include but are not limited to, depictions of:

  • full or partial nudity, including close-ups of genitals, buttocks, or breasts (excluding content related to breastfeeding);
  • simulated sexual acts; and
  • sexual intercourse or other sexual acts – this also applies to cartoons, hentai, or anime involving humans or depictions of animals with human-like features. 

Note: exceptions may be made for artistic, medical, health, or educational content. 

 

Violent sexual conduct

Violent sexual conduct is any media that depicts violence, whether real or simulated, in association with sexual acts. Some examples include but are not limited to, depictions of:

  • rape and other forms of violent sexual assault, or sexual acts that occur without the consent of participants, including a simulated lack of consent; and
  • sexualized violence – inflicting physical harm on an individual within an intimate setting, where it is not immediately obvious if those involved have consented to take part.

 

Gratuitous gore

Gratuitous gore is any media that depicts excessively graphic or gruesome content related to death, violence or severe physical harm or violent content that is shared for sadistic purposes. Some examples include but are not limited to, depictions of:

  • dismembered or mutilated humans;
  • charred or burned human remains;
  • exposed internal organs or bones; and
  • animal torture or killing. 
    Note: exceptions may be made for religious sacrifice, food preparation or processing, and hunting. 

 

Hateful imagery

Hateful imagery is any logo, symbol, or image that has the intention to promote hostility against people on the basis of race, religious affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity or ethnicity/national origin. Some examples of hateful imagery include, but are not limited to:

  • symbols historically associated with hate groups, e.g., the Nazi swastika;
  • images depicting others as less than human, or altered to include hateful symbols, e.g., altering images of individuals to include animalistic features; or
  • images altered to include hateful symbols or references to a mass murder that targeted a protected category, e.g., manipulating images of individuals to include yellow Star of David badges, in reference to the Holocaust.

 

What is in violation of this policy?

Our aim is to limit exposure to sensitive images and videos and to prevent the sharing of potentially disturbing types of sensitive media. For this reason, we differentiate our enforcement approach depending on the type of media that has been shared and where it has been shared. 

 

Graphic violence, adult content, and hateful imagery

  • you can’t target people with unsolicited images or videos that contain graphic violence, adult content, or hateful imagery; and
  • you can’t include graphic violence, adult content, or hateful imagery within a live video, profile, header, List banner images, or Community cover photos.
     

Violent sexual conduct and gratuitous gore

We prohibit violent sexual conduct to prevent the normalization of sexual assault and non-consensual violence associated with sexual acts. We prohibit gratuitous gore content because research has shown that repeated exposure to violent content online may negatively impact an individual’s well-being. For these reasons, you can’t share images or videos that depict violent sexual conduct or gratuitous gore on SaltireSocial. 

Note: very limited exceptions may be made for gory media associated with newsworthy events. 

 

Who can report violations of this policy?

Anyone can report potential violations of this policy via our dedicated reporting flows.