COMMUNITY STANDARDS OF USE FOR INVASTOR PLATFORMS
Every day, people come to InVastor to share their stories, see the world through the eyes of others and connect with friends and causes. The conversations that happen on InVastor reflect the diversity of a community of people communicating across countries and cultures and in dozens of languages, posting everything from text to photos and videos.
We recognise how important it is for InVastor to be a place where people feel empowered to communicate, and we take our role in keeping abuse off our service seriously. That's why we have developed a set of Community Standards that outline what is and is not allowed on InVastor. Our Standards apply around the world to all types of content. They're designed to be comprehensive – for example, content that might not be considered hate speech may still be removed for breaching our Bullying Policies.
The goal of our Community Standards is to encourage expression and create a safe environment. We base our policies on input from our community and from experts in fields such as technology and public safety. Our policies are also rooted in the following principles:
Everyone on InVastor plays a part in keeping the platform safe and respectful. We ask people to share responsibly and to let us know when they see something that may breach our Community Standards. We make it easy for people to report potentially breaching content, including Pages, Groups, profiles, individual content and/or comments to us for review. We also give people the option to block, unfollow or hide people and posts, so that they can control their own experience on InVastor.
The consequences for breaching our Community Standards vary depending on the severity of the breach and a person's history on the platform. For instance, we may warn someone for a first breach, but if they continue to breach our policies, we may restrict their ability to post on InVastor or disable their profile. We may also notify law enforcement when we believe that there is a genuine risk of physical harm or a direct threat to public safety.
Our Community Standards, which we will continue to develop over time, serve as a guide for how to communicate on InVastor. It is in this spirit that we ask members of the InVastor community to follow these guidelines.
We aim to prevent potential real-world harm that may be related to content on InVastor. We understand that people commonly express disdain or disagreement by threatening or calling for violence in facetious and non-serious ways. That's why we try to consider the language, context and details in order to distinguish casual statements from content that constitutes a credible threat to public or personal safety. In determining whether a threat is credible, we may also consider additional information such as a targeted person's public visibility and vulnerability. We remove content, disable accounts and work with law enforcement when we believe that there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety.
In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organisations or individuals that are engaged in the following to have a presence on InVastor:
We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders or individuals involved in these activities.
We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence (for example, have an account, Page or group) on our platform: Terrorist organisations and terrorists.
A terrorist organisation is defined as:
Any non-governmental organisation that engages in premeditated acts of violence against persons or property to intimidate a civilian population, government or international organisation in order to achieve a political, religious or ideological aim.
A member of a terrorist organisation or any person who commits a terrorist act is considered a terrorist.
A terrorist act is defined as a premeditated act of violence against persons or property carried out by a non-government actor to intimidate a civilian population, government or international organisation in order to achieve a political, religious or ideological aim.
A hate organisation is defined as:
Any association of three or more people that is organised under a name, sign or symbol and that has an ideology, statements or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.
Mass and serial murderers
We consider a homicide to be a mass murder if it results in four or more deaths in one incident. We consider any individual who has committed two or more murders over multiple incidents or locations to be a serial murderer.
We make these assessments based upon the information available to us and will generally apply this policy to a mass or serial murderer who meets any of the following criteria:
Human trafficking groups and their leaders
Human trafficking groups are organisations responsible for any of the following:
Criminal organisations and their leaders and prominent members
A criminal organisation is defined as:
Any association of three or more people that is united under a name, colour(s), hand gesture(s) or recognised indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including (but not limited to)
We do not allow symbols that represent any of the above organisations or individuals to be shared on our platform without context that condemns or neutrally discusses the content. We do not allow content that praises any of the above organisations or individuals or any acts committed by them. We do not allow coordination of support for any of the above organisations or individuals or any acts committed by them.
We prohibit people from promoting or publicising violent crime, theft and/or fraud because we do not want to condone this activity and because there is a risk of copycat behaviour. We also do not allow people to depict criminal activity or admit to crimes that they or their associates have committed. We do, however, allow people to debate or advocate for the legality of criminal activities, as well as address them in a rhetorical or satirical way.
Do not post:
Content depicting, admitting or promoting the following criminal acts committed by you or your associates
In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we prohibit people from facilitating or coordinating future criminal activity that is intended or likely to cause harm to people, businesses or animals. People can draw attention to harmful activity that they may witness or experience as long as they do not advocate for or coordinate harm.
To encourage safety and compliance with common legal restrictions, we prohibit attempts by individuals, manufacturers and retailers to purchase, sell or trade non-medical drugs, pharmaceutical drugs and marijuana. We also prohibit the purchase, sale, gifting, exchange and transfer of firearms, including firearm parts or ammunition, between private individuals on InVastor. Some of these items are not regulated everywhere; however, because of the borderless nature of our community, we try to enforce our policies as consistently as possible. Firearm shops and online retailers may promote items available for sale off our services as long as those retailers comply with all applicable laws and regulations. We allow discussions about sales of firearms and firearm parts in shops or by online retailers and advocating for changes to firearm regulation. Regulated goods that are not prohibited by our Community Standards may be subject to our more stringent Policies.
Do not post
Content about non-medical drugs (other than alcohol or tobacco) that:
Content that depicts the sale or attempt to purchase marijuana and pharmaceutical drugs. This includes content that:
Content that attempts to sell, gift, exchange or transfer firearms, firearm parts, ammunition or explosives between private individuals. This includes content that:
For the following content, we restrict visibility to adults twenty one years of age and older:
Content posted by a brick-and-mortar shop, legitimate website or brand, which coordinates or promotes the sale or transfer of firearms, firearm parts, ammunition or explosives. This includes content that
Explicitly mentions that the product is for sale or transfer and
Suicide and self-injury
In an effort to promote a safe environment on InVastor, we remove content that encourages suicide or self-injury, including real-time depictions that might lead others to engage in similar behaviour. Self-injury is defined as the intentional and direct injuring of the body, including self-mutilation and eating disorders. We want InVastor to be a space where people can share their experiences, raise awareness about these issues and support each other through difficult experiences, and so we allow people to discuss suicide and self-injury. We encourage people to offer and to seek support from one another in connection with these difficult topics.
We work with organisations around the world to provide assistance to people in distress. We also talk with experts in suicide and self-injury to help inform our policies and enforcement. For example, we have been advised by experts that we should not remove live videos of self-harm while there is an opportunity for loved ones and authorities to provide help or resources. We remove any content that identifies and negatively targets victims or survivors of self-injury or suicide seriously, humorously or rhetorically. People can, however, share information about self-injury and suicide to draw attention to the issue and allow for discussion so long as they do not promote or encourage self-injury or suicide.
Do not post:
Content that promotes, encourages, coordinates or provides instructions for
Content about self-injury that contains promotional slogans without clear, anti-self-injury disclaimers
Except in limited situations of newsworthiness, it is against our policies to post content depicting a person who engaged in a suicide attempt or death by suicide
For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware that the content may be disturbing:
We provide resources to people who post written or verbal admissions of engagement in self-injury, including:
Child nudity and sexual exploitation of children
We do not allow content that sexually exploits or endangers children. When we become aware of apparent child exploitation, we report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), in compliance with applicable law. We know that sometimes people share nude images of their own children with good intentions; however, we generally remove these images because of the potential for abuse by others and to help avoid the possibility of other people reusing or misappropriating the images. We also work with external experts, to discuss and improve our policies and enforcement around online safety issues, especially with regard to children.
Do not post:
Content that depicts participation in or advocates for the sexual exploitation of children, including (but not limited to):
Content (including photos, videos, real-world art, digital content and text) that depicts:
Content (including photos, videos, real-world art, digital content and verbal depictions) that shows minors in a sexualised context
Content that depicts child nudity where nudity is defined as:
Sexual exploitation of adults
We recognise the importance of InVastor as a place to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We believe that this is an important part of building common understanding and community. In an effort to create space for this conversation while promoting a safe environment, we remove content that depicts, threatens or promotes sexual violence, sexual assault or sexual exploitation, while also allowing space for victims to share their experiences. We remove content that displays, advocates for or coordinates sexual acts with non-consenting parties or commercial sexual services. We do this to avoid facilitating transactions that may involve trafficking, coercion and non-consensual sexual acts. "Sexual services" include prostitution, escort services, sexual massages and filmed sexual activity.
To protect victims and survivors, we also remove images that depict incidents of sexual violence and intimate images shared without permission from the people pictured.
Do not post:
Content (including photos, videos, digital content and verbal depictions) that shows or advocates for any form of crushing, necrophilia, bestiality, or non-consensual sexual touching.
Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:
Attempts to coordinate adult sexual services or engaging in sexual solicitation including (but not limited to):
Bullying happens in many places and comes in many different forms from making statements degrading someone's character to posting inappropriate images to threatening someone. We do not tolerate bullying on InVastor because we want the members of our community to feel safe and respected.
We will remove content that purposefully targets private individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them. We recognise that bullying can be especially harmful to minors, and our policies provide heightened protection for minors because they are more vulnerable and susceptible to online bullying. In certain instances, we require the individual who is the target of bullying to report content to us before removing it.
Our Bullying Policies do not apply to public figures because we want to allow discourse, which often includes critical discussion of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. Discussion of public figures nonetheless must comply with our Community Standards, and we will remove content about public figures that breaches other policies, including hate speech or credible threats.
Do not post:
Content about another private individual that reflects:
Content that has been photoshopped to target and demean an individual, including by highlighting specific physical characteristics or threatening violence in text or with imagery
Content that specifies an individual as the target of:
In addition, we may remove Pages or groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example:
We also remove content that is targeted at minors when it contains:
We do not tolerate harassment on InVastor. We want people to feel safe to engage and connect with their community. Our Harassment Policy applies to both public and private individuals because we want to prevent unwanted or malicious contact on the platform. 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 harassment. In addition to reporting such behaviour and content, we encourage people to use tools available on InVastor to help protect against it.
Repeatedly contact a single person despite that person's clear desire and action to prevent that contact
Repeatedly contact large numbers of people with no prior solicitation
Send messages to any individual that contain:
Send messages to a group that contain any Bullying Policy breaches, regardless of whether the person being targeted is a public or private individual
Target anyone maliciously, including public figures, by:
Target victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are:
Privacy breaches and image privacy rights
Privacy and the protection of personal information are fundamentally important values for InVastor. We work hard to keep your account secure and safeguard your personal information in order to protect you from potential physical or financial harm. You should not post personal or confidential information about others without first getting their consent. We also provide people with ways to report imagery that they believe to be in breach of their privacy rights.
Do not post:
Content that facilitates identity theft by posting or soliciting personally identifiable information, including (but not limited to):
Content that facilitates identity theft by sharing personally identifiable information via an external link
Content that facilitates identity theft by sharing private financial information of an organisation or business
Content that facilitates identity theft by disclosing the following personal financial information (of either the self or others)
Content that facilitates identity theft by sharing the private contact information of others defined as:
Except in limited cases of newsworthiness, content claimed or confirmed to come from a hacked source, regardless of whether the affected person is a public figure or a private individual.
Content that identifies individuals by name and depicts their personal information, including:
Content that includes photographs that display the external view of private residences if the following conditions apply:
Content that exposes the undercover status of law enforcement personnel if:
Content that exposes information about safe houses by sharing any of the below, unless the safe house is actively promoting its location, contact information or the type of service and protection
it offers through comments, posts, Pages or Groups:
The following content may also be removed:
We do not allow hate speech on InVastor 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, sex, gender, gender identity and serious disability or disease. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define "attack" as violent or dehumanising 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. Similarly, in some cases, words or terms that might otherwise breach our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. When this is the case, we allow the content, but we 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 humour 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.
Do not post:
Attacks which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offences), where attack is defined as:
Attacks which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as:
Attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics. We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.
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.
We remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others because it may create an environment that discourages participation. We allow graphic content (with some limitations) to help people raise awareness about issues. We know that people value the ability to discuss important issues such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. We also know that people have different sensitivities with regard to graphic and violent content. For that reason, we add a warning label to especially graphic or violent content so that it is not available to people under the age of eighteen and so that people are aware of the graphic or violent nature before they click to see it.
Do not post:
Imagery of violence committed against real people or animals with comments or captions by the poster that contain
Videos of dying, wounded or dead people if they contain
For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware that the content may be disturbing. We also limit the ability to view the content to adults, ages eighteen and older:
Videos of self-immolation when that action is a form of political speech or newsworthy
Photos of wounded or dead people if they show
Imagery featuring animals that shows
Videos of animal abuse, defined as
Videos that show child abuse, defined as
Videos that show the violent death of a person or people by accident or murder when they depict the deceased body
Still images depicting the violent death of a person or people
Videos that show acts of torture committed against a person or people
Videos that show acts of torture committed against a person or people
Adult nudity and sexual activity
We restrict the display of nudity or sexual activity because some people in our community may be sensitive to this type of content. Additionally, we default to removing sexual imagery to prevent the sharing of non-consensual or underage content. Restrictions on the display of sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless it is posted for educational, humorous or satirical purposes.
Our Nudity Policies have become more nuanced over time. We understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including as a form of protest, to raise awareness about a cause or for educational or medical reasons. Where such intent is clear, we make allowances for the content. For example, while we restrict some images of female breasts that include the nipple, we allow other images, including those depicting acts of protest, women actively engaged in breastfeeding and photos of post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures.
Do not post:
Digital content that meets our definition of sexual activity unless any of the following conditions exist
Sexually explicit language, defined as a description that goes beyond mere mention of
Cruel and insensitive
We believe that people share and connect more freely when they do not feel targeted based on their vulnerabilities. As such, we have higher expectations for content that we call cruel and insensitive, which we define as content that targets victims of serious physical or emotional harm.
Do not post:
Content that depicts real people and mocks their implied or actual serious physical injuries, disease or disability, non-consensual sexual touching or premature death
We work hard to limit the spread of commercial spam to prevent false advertising, fraud and security breaches, all of which detract from people's ability to share and connect. We do not allow people to use misleading or inaccurate information to collect likes, followers or shares.
Authenticity is the cornerstone of our community. We believe that people are more accountable for their statements and actions when they use their authentic identities. That's why we require people to connect on InVastor using the name that they go by in everyday life. Our Authenticity Policies are intended to create a safe environment where people can trust and hold one another accountable.
Misrepresent your identity by
Misuse our profiles product by
Impersonate others by
Engage in inauthentic behaviour, which includes creating, managing or otherwise perpetuating
Reducing the spread of false news on InVastor is a responsibility that we take seriously. We also recognise that this is a challenging and sensitive issue. We want to help people stay informed without stifling productive public discourse. There is also a fine line between false news and satire or opinion. For these reasons, we don't remove false news from InVastor, but instead significantly reduce its distribution by showing it lower in the News Feed.
We are working to build a more informed community and reduce the spread of false news in a number of different ways, namely by
When we learn that someone has passed away, we memorialise the account by adding "Remembering" above the name on the person's profile. This makes it clear that the account is now a memorial site and protects against attempted logins and fraudulent activity. We do not remove, update or change anything about the profile or the account because we want to respect the choices that someone made while still alive. We have also made it possible for people to identify a legacy contact to look after their account after they pass away. People can let us know in advance if they want their account permanently deleted when they die. We may delete profiles when the next of kin tells us that the person who passed would have preferred that we delete the account rather than memorialise it.
Once we become aware that a person has passed away:
InVastor takes intellectual property rights very seriously and believes that they are important to promoting expression, creativity and innovation in our community. You own all of the content and information that you post on InVastor, and you control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. However, before sharing content on InVastor, please make sure that you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect other people's copyrights, trademarks and other legal rights. We are committed to helping people and organisations promote and protect their intellectual property rights. InVastor's Terms of Service do not allow people to post content that breaches someone else's intellectual property rights, including copyright and trademark. We publish information about the intellectual property reports that we receive in our bi-annual Transparency Report.
Upon receipt of a report from a rights holder or an authorised representative, we will remove or restrict content that engages in:
We comply with:
Additional protection of minors
We comply with: