Content Policy

 

INCEND Content Policy

INCEND is a free network to discuss, share and discuss science. We believe INCEND increases the availability of information, encourages debate, and makes possible new connections between people.

We respect our users' ownership of and responsibility for the content they choose to share. It is our belief that censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression.

In order to uphold these values, we need to curb abuses that threaten our ability to provide this service and the freedom of expression it encourages. As a result, there are some boundaries on the type of content that can be uploaded and shared on INCEND. The boundaries we've defined are those that both comply with legal requirements and that serve to enhance the service as a whole.

 

Content Boundaries

Our content policies play an important role in maintaining a positive experience for you, the users. From time to time, we may change our content policies so please check back here.

Adult Content: We do allow adult content on INCEND, including images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity.

Child safety: We have a zero tolerance policy towards content that exploits children. Some examples of this include:

  • Child sexual abuse imagery: We will terminate the accounts of any user we find publishing or sharing child sexual abuse imagery. We will also report that user to law enforcement.
  • Pedophilia: We do not allow content that encourages or promotes sexual attraction towards children.
  • Hate Speech: We want you to use INCEND to express your opinions, even very controversial ones. But, don't cross the line by publishing hate speech. By this, we mean content that promotes hate or violence towards groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity.

Crude Content: Don't post content just to be shocking or graphic.

Violence: Don't threaten other people on INCEND. For example, don't post death threats against another person or group of people and don't post content encouraging your followers to take violent action against another person or group of people.

Harassment: Do not harass or bully others. Anyone using INCEND to harass or bully may have the offending content removed or be permanently banned from the site. Online harassment is also illegal in many places and can have serious offline consequences.

Copyright: It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. More information about our copyright procedures can be found here.

Impersonating others: Please don't mislead or confuse readers by pretending to be someone else or pretending to represent an organisation when you don't.

Illegal activities: Do not use INCEND to engage in illegal activities or to promote dangerous and illegal activities.

Spam: Spam takes several forms in INCEND, all of which can result in deletion of your account or blog.

Malware and viruses: Do not upload content that transmit viruses, cause pop-ups, attempt to install software without the reader's consent, or otherwise impact readers with malicious code. This is strictly forbidden on INCEND.

 

Enforcement of INCEND's Content Policy

If you encounter an item that you believe violates our content policies, please report it to us.

Our team reviews these flags for policy violations. If the item does not violate our policies, we will not take any action against the user. If we find that an item does violate our content policies, we take one or more of the following actions based on the severity of the violation:

  • Delete the offending content, comment or reply
  • Disable the author's access to his/her INCEND account
  • Report the user to law enforcement