Usage and Content Policies: Rules for Using Meetup

Usage and Content Policies: Rules for Using Meetup

 

Be Real

Meetup profiles are intended to represent real people in a local area. Meetup member profiles must be honest and authentic.

Be Honest: Intentions, Affiliations, Transparency

All members should be open about who they are, their intentions, and their affiliations. All Meetup group and event descriptions should be accurate, to allow members to make informed decisions about their participation.

Be Yourself: Fake Accounts & Impersonation

Creating fake accounts, malicious accounts, or accounts meant to impersonate another person, is prohibited on Meetup.

Be Respectful

Respecting people’s time, attention, personal choices, and personal boundaries is essential to creating safe and trusting communities. Be respectful in interactions with people and in content posted on the platform. Meetup monitors and restricts behaviors that are dishonest, undermine the integrity of the platform, violate personal boundaries, or serve to intentionally upset people.

Message Respectfully: Don’t Spam

Content sent to a member that is irrelevant, impersonal, unsolicited, promotional, or repetitive is spam.

Set Appropriate Expectations and Honor Them: Don’t Tamper with Meetups

Converting or changing events in a Meetup or a Meetup group so that they no longer align with the expectations and purpose set by the organizer and leadership team is misleading and not allowed.

Honor Requests for Distance: About Block and Ban Decisions

If you are blocked, you’re blocked. Members must accept and respect any organizer’s decision to ban a member from a group, or a member’s decision to block a member from contacting them. Creating new accounts to circumvent block or ban decisions is prohibited.

Sexual Content and Nudity

Pornography is not allowed on Meetup. Publicly shared photos must be appropriate for general audiences. Nude or sexual photos are not allowed in public spaces.

Shocking, Disturbing, and Violent Content

Gratuitously graphic, disgusting, obscene, or violent content is prohibited. We don’t allow content posted to upset, shock, or disturb a Meetup community or its members.

Ask for Permission: Consent

Meetup defines consent as welcomed communications and actions to engage with a member. Engaging with anyone in a non-consensual way is strictly prohibited. If ever in doubt, ask permission.

Respect Privacy: Don’t Post Other People’s Private Information

Posting other people’s private information without their explicit consent is prohibited.

Be Kind

Bullying, harassment, exploitation, and acts of hate undermine community building in safe spaces where people can trust one another. Building real relationships requires us to be more compassionate and kinder towards one another. Meetup enforces against behaviors that are threatening, intentionally malicious, or personally harmful–physically, emotionally, or mentally.

Be Compassionate: Don’t Harass, Bully or Shame

Harassment and bullying are not allowed on Meetup. Meetup will honor requests to remove content that publicly shames or degrades a private individual.

Act with Integrity: Do Not Manipulate or Exploit

Any attempt to use someone’s insecurities or vulnerabilities for personal gain is considered manipulation or exploitation and is prohibited.

Hate and Supremacy

Hate speech, supremacy, or behavior that incites hate or violence against individuals or groups of people based on who they are or their beliefs, is prohibited.

Be Safe

All organizers and members should take ownership over their personal safety and should never put themselves or others in danger. We expect all organizers and members to be mindful of local laws when engaging with their Meetups. Where appropriate, organizers should also set guidelines for their Meetups to ensure their members are participating safely.

No Threats, Violence, or Personal Endangerment

Using Meetup to promote, facilitate, or organize violent, criminal, or non-consensual actions that endanger anyone, physically, mentally or emotionally, is prohibited.

Self-Injury

Meetup does not allow any content that encourages or glorifies self-injury or encourages others to harm themselves.

Copyright and IP

Intellectual Property

We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Posting content that violates another party’s intellectual property rights is prohibited.

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