At Newsvoice we're avid supporters of free speech and embrace different opinions no matter how unconventional they are. However, to be able to keep Newsvoice in the App Store and Google Play we need to adhere to their rules.

We'll never remove a comment, unless required by law. Instead, we hide offensive comments. These hidden comments can still be accessed through our web page, by any member. We do this to provide a layer of transparency and accountability that other social media platforms lack.

Comments that will be removed include:

  • Child pornography.
  • Threatening, bullying and harassment.
  • Facilitating sales of dangerous products.
  • Incitement to violence.

Comments that will be hidden include:

  • Abusing/ Cursing.
  • Off-topic and flooding.
  • Spam, bots, and solicitation.
  • Lacking sensitivity to disaster.
  • Racist speech or slur targeting religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability.

Note: We want to point out that Newsvoice is not the ultimate arbiter of truth and we do not hide comment if the only reason is that the view presented is offensive.

1. Comments that we remove based on legal requirements

We never delete comments unless it is required by law. Keep in mind that what is illegal in the “real world” is also illegal online and we’ll remove any illegal content. What’s illegal also differs from country to country. We don’t currently have the bandwidth to do custom moderation on a per country basis. This means that we on rare occasions remove content that may still be legal in some places.

1.1 Child pornography and abuse

We strictly do not allow sexual content of any nature that targets minors and will remove it. This includes:

  • Links to child pornography.
  • Links to any content that sexually exploits, hurt or endangers children.
  • Links to cartoon, anime, manga or written child pornography.
  • Comments that condone pedophilia.

1.2 Threatening, bullying, and harassment

Comments that threaten, bully or harass another user will be removed. This includes:

  • Comments that identify and shame or humiliate someone.
  • Sharing personal information to blackmail or harass people.
  • Repeatedly targeting a user with unwanted comments.
  • Content that seeks to exploit a user – this includes extortion, blackmail and harassment.

1.3 Trafficking and facilitating sales and promotion of illegal products and services

We'll remove comments that facilitate the sale and promotion of explosives, firearms, ammunition, firearms accessories (this includes instructions on how to use firearms or make them), narcotics, or any form of alcohol and tobacco. Comments that details or link to matertial that advocates or promotes human trafficking of any nature will be removed.

1.4 Incitement to violence

Comments that encourage violence will be removed. This could be a threat that could lead to death or other forms of violence that’s directed towards another user, a specific group or a general person of interest.

This includes:

  • Statements of intent to commit high-severity violence.
  • Statements advocating for high-severity violence.
  • Aspirational or conditional statements to commit high-severity violence.
  • Statements of intent to bring armaments to locations.
  • Incitement to riot.

1.5 Terrorism

Comments around terrorism can be broadly classified into two categories:

  1. Those which graphically detail a terrorist act or link to a source which depicts a terrorist activity. This includes links to terrorist propaganda such as images, videos and texts that facilitate terrorist groups’ ability to recruit individuals or spread propaganda. These will be removed.
  2. Comments that celebrates terrorist activities will be removed.

2. Comments that we hide

While we aim to have the greatest possible degree of transparency and are tolerant of the expression of opinions, we’ll hide comments that break App Store and Google Play rules if reported by users.

2.1 Abuse or cursing

Unnecessary or strong cursing does not really add any value to a discussion. We’ll hide comments which include insults to another user, if reported.

2.2 Off topic

Comments that veer into a rant or are about a totally unrelated matter will be hidden if reported.

2.3 Spam, bots, and solicitation

Newsvoice is for humans only so we hide:

  • Spam.
  • Comments posted by bots.
  • Comments that offer the sale of any services and goods.

2.4 Lacking sensitivity to disaster

If reported we’ll hide comments which lack reasonable sensitivity towards or capitalize on a natural disaster, atrocity, conflict, death or other tragic events.

This includes:

  • Lacking sensitivity regarding the death of a person or group of people.
  • Denying a major tragic event.
  • Appearing to profit from a tragic event with no benefit to the victims.

2.5 Racist speech or slur targeting religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability

Negative generalizations within a comment, if reported, will be hidden. Such as a direct attack on people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste sex, gender and serious disease or disability. We define attack as violent or dehumanising speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation.