III. OBJECTIONABLE CONTENT

  1. Hate speech

    We do not allow hate speech on Hahalolo 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, caste, psychological problems, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing 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 violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. In all of these cases, we allow the content but expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. When the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.

    We allow humorous 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.

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  2. Objectionable and violent content

    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 objectionable content (with some limitations) to help people raise awareness about issues. We know that people value the ability to discuss important issues like human rights abuses or terrorist acts. We also know that people have different sensitivities with regard to objectionable and violent content. For that reason, we add a warning label to especially objectionable or violent content so that it is not available to people under the age of eighteen and so that people are aware of the objectionable or violent nature before they click to see it.

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  3. 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 breast-feeding, and photos of post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures.

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  4. 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. We define it as content that targets victims of serious physical or emotional harm.

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