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We created these guidelines together with the community to ensure we can all achieve a mutually peaceful, respectful, supportive and kind existence under this digital home. Be respectful of the people and communities on Somus. People are different. That’s what’s beautiful.

In short: Embrace diversity, drop the labels and stereotypes, be courteous and polite, respect people’s privacy, curb hate, avoid spamming, keep the bots out, ditch the pornography, keep content legal — and embrace the shared responsibility.

Below, these points are explained in more detail. Please read them.


1. How these guidelines are enforced

Please realise that Somus is a diverse community. When you see a page on Somus that you feel violates our community guidelines, please take the time to report them via our reporting tool. You can read more about how to report a creator or a post here. A member of Somus team will review the report and if our Community Guidelines have been violated, the case manager will contact the creator to let them know that they are outside these guidelines.

2. Be safe, be respectful, support global causes

These Community Guidelines exist to shape and guide Somus and the growing number of creators and fans using it. This is not about building an arbitrary framework of “right” or “wrong.” It’s about making Somus a place where diverse creators and their fans feel excited, supported, and happy to support global causes, while still allowing for different – and sometimes even conflicting – points of view.


3. Authenticity

To summarise: Somus is for creators who put something original out into the world. As a creator, you may not post creations that infringe on others’ intellectual property rights.

  • You can’t create fake pages or collect money for things you’re not actually doing. For example, you cannot create a fan page for someone else.

  • You cannot pretend to be or impersonate someone else by using the name, brand or works of another to deceive Fans. We will review satire and comedy in a different way as we believe these subgenres are original creations.

4. Respect people’s privacy

As a privacy-first social network, we take privacy seriously. Please respect people’s privacy.

Do not share people's:

  • personal details

  • personal opinions

  • privately uploaded content

  • photos of them without their consent

5. Avoid spamming

Following, connecting and commenting with the purposes of advertising, phishing and spreading malware are all spam-like activity. Avoid spam activity.

6. Keep the bots out

Scripts or bots that interact with the social network in any way will be found and removed. Associated accounts may also be blocked or removed.

7. Keep content legal

To summarise: We want Somus to be a safe place for our community. Sharing any of these will lead to the immediate closure of your account and reporting to the authorities where applicable. Here is how we define these content:

  • Bullying and harassment: Disagreements happen and are normal, but continuous, repetitive, or severe negative comments may cross the line into harassment and are not okay.

  • Threats: Anyone on Somus should be able to express their opinion in a way that doesn’t threaten another person. In this respect, we take threats of violence very seriously.

  • Hate speech: It’s unacceptable to attack a person or a community based on attributes such as their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or disabilities.

  • Nudity, Pornography and sexual services: Adult content have no place on Somus. We define “adult content” as any audio, visual or audiovisual creations depicting explicit sexual situations, including nudity, pornography and sexual services.

  • Offensive and graphic creations: We understand that creators sometimes have to push boundaries to create thought-provoking art, so we don’t review offensive and graphic creations with strict black-and-white guidelines. We instead review creations in the context of the whole creator page.

Notes


On photos of children

  • Never share pictures of other people's children without the consent of their parent or guardian.

  • Share the fewest possible pictures.

  • Double-check who can see the pictures. Preferably share only to your private circles.

  • Always ask the children. Ask them understandable things like "Do you think it's okay to share this picture with my family or friends?" and respect their answer.

Points borrowed from the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

On harmful beliefs

Some beliefs can cause real life harm. For example, the now unfortunately wide-spread belief that vaccination causes autism (it doesn’t as overwhelmingly proven by numeours and independent studies) resulting in the resurgence of measles outbreaks. Beliefs like this example are exempted from the protected status and we will do our best to prevent their spreading on the platform.

We will also determine a belief to be harmful—and therefore not protected—if:

  • its harm has been widely and independently scientifically proven (such as in the anti-vaccination case cited)

  • it results in the direct physical harm of people (such as in the claim a soap pod was edible resulting in the deaths of seven people and over seven thousand cases of poisoning)

  • it's both proselytised widely on the platform and also exclusionary of other protected statuses

As with all other guidelines, we aim to make the process transparent and always open to debate.

On non-sexual nudity

We might allow this in the future, however not before we have solid content reporting and filtering mechanisms in place

If it's not on a painting or sculpture, please abstain yourself from sharing any kind of nudity on the platform.

Reports on this subject will most likely require personal judgement from the community moderators.


These policies are part of Somus’ Terms of Service. For more information, contact Somus at support@somus.app.

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