NewsBreak Community Policy

NewsBreak is a platform that people use to stay connected and informed within their communities. This community policy was developed to help foster a healthy community of authenticity and safety.

These restrictions apply in addition to any other policies governing your use of our platforms. Failure to comply with it may result in us deleting your comments, or suspending or terminating your account.

  1. Violence and gory content

    We want to prevent any potential harm that can be related to any content on NewsBreak. Because of this, we prohibit content that glorifies violent acts that could encourage the audience to replicate similar acts. We also do not allow violent, gruesome, or gory content that is primarily intended to shock or disgust the audience.

    What is in violation of this policy?

    • Footage or imagery of violent crimes that result in death or serious physical injury, such as murders, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, robberies, street fights, rapes, or torture, in which weapons, violence, or injured victims are visible. (Note: there are no exceptions for this example, even if there is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic value.)
    • Footage or imagery involving natural disasters, war aftermath, immolation, protests or riots, or other such scenarios with the intent to shock or disgust the audience
    • One-sided humiliating assault, such as pantsing, happy slapping, physical bullying, with titles like “Video: man brutally gets beat-up!”
    • Content that promotes or glorifies suicide or self-harm
    • Corpses or any severed body parts
    • Extreme body modifications
    • Excretory items or bodily fluids
    • Medical procedure footage where the content focuses on open wounds that provides no education values
    • Graphic acne, pimple, skin lesions, blisters, or tumors
    • Graphic displays of infections
    • Content on animal abuse or slaughter, or where humans are forcing animals to attack each other
    • Promotion of any organization that engages in violence or advocates terrorist activities, hate toward any particular group, mass murder (including attempts), human trafficking or any criminal activity

    What is not a violation of this policy?

    • EDSA content that provides historical, philosophical, or news perspective on violent or gory content (the graphic nature of the content must be balanced with the social value, e.g., citizen journalism)
    • * EDSA stands for Educational, Documentary, Scientific, or Artistic content
    • Non-graphic violence (e.g. implied injury, bombings at a distance, not-too-gruesome, etc.)
    • Violence that may be in sports including boxing, wrestling, martial arts, hockey fights, football, etc.
    • Animals fighting against each other in a natural environment, where animals are not harmed
  2. Dangerous and illegal content

    We do not allow content that could directly facilitate dangerous or illegal activities.

    What is in violation of this policy?

    • Instructions on how to perform activities meant to kill or harm, for example, how to build a bomb
    • Display of uses of hard drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, or meth
    • Non-educational content that explains how to make illegal substances
    • Content which claims that harmful substances or treatments can have health benefits without citing any reputable medical journals or studies
    • Instructions on how to cheat or promote dishonest behaviours, for example, how to steal goods, how to bypass paywalls, how to hack into social media accounts, how to use bots to exploit systems in an unethical or illegal manner, stream sniping
    • Content involving consuming or inserting non-food items that have no legitimate medical purpose
    • Content featuring vandalism
    • Promotion of harm to others, self-harm, suicide, eating disorders of drug abuse
    • Promotion of unreasonable or unrealistic employment opportunities
    • Promotion of any lotteries, sweepstakes, or gamblings of real money

    What is not a violation of this policy?

    • Reputable medical research about certain drug uses
    • Studies on dangers or risk of illegal substances or activities
  3. Hateful speech

    We do not allow content with discriminatory, defamatory, or derogatory language, especially that which is intended to threaten violence or incite hatred against an individual or a group based on race, ethnicity, age, color, caste, national origin, immigration status, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, serious medical condition, socioeconomic class, and veteran status.

    This policy is enforced in tandem with our policies on violence and gore content, and dangerous and illegal content.

    What is in violation of this policy?

    • Insults and abuses an individual or a group based on the attributes noted above
    • Violent threats against an individual or a group, for example, declarative statements threatening to kill someone, sexually assault someone, or commit a violent act that could lead to someone’s death or serious physical injury.
    • Content that promote extremist or Neo-Nazi and supremacist movements

    What is not in violation of this policy?

    • Content presented in a satirical, EDSA, or non-propaganda fictional context
  4. Nudity or sexual content

    We restrict the display of nudity, sexual, or suggestive content imagery or video primarily intended to cause sexual arousal.

    What is in violation of this policy?

    • Nudity, including visible genitalia and uncovered female nipples
    • Footage or imagery of surgery of genitalia, even EDSA
    • Footage or imagery of minimally covered buttocks or breasts where this is the focal point of the entire content
    • Footage or imagery of exposed or sheer coverage of bathing suit area (penile or labial outline)
    • Footage or imagery of stimulating genitals or anus, even if above or under clothing
    • Footage or imagery of sex toys
    • Sexual intercourse or other by-products of sexual activity, including illustrated, simulated, and animated
    • Celebrity or personal sexual life
    • Disrobing or other sexual behavior
    • Content that focuses on sexual pleasures
    • Content that promotes or provides links to porn, adult, or x-rated sites
    • Headline and/or content intended to promote sexuality and nudity
    • Content that includes sexual poses, suggestive movement (such as sexual dancing), or suggestive language
    • Content that may be interpreted as promoting a sexual act in exchange for compensation

    What is not in violation of this policy?

    • Footage or imagery of breastfeeding or health-related situations (no visible nipple)
    • Footage or imagery of minimally covered buttocks or breasts where this is not the focal point of the entire content, for example, bikini contests, celebrity pool parties, etc.
    • Footage or imagery of where the bare/nude private parts of the body are blurred, censored or covered by mosaic/banner. Breast or genitals are not shown, and not presented as focal point.
    • Content about adult sites that provide newsworthiness, for example, a popular porn site removing videos after investigation that reveals child abuse
    • Content that is intended to educate or inform on sexual health issues and is supported with research
  5. Minor endangerment

    We do not allow content that potentially places minors at risk or exploits them in a negative or harmful manner.

    What is in violation of this policy?

    • Sexualization of minors or someone who appears to be a minor (animated, implied, or dramatized)
    • Content showing minors participating in dangerous activities or encouraging minors to do dangerous activities, for example, playing with fire, explosives, knives, weapons, etc
    • Content showing minors drinking alcohol, using e-cigarettes, tobacco or marijuana
    • Content showing violent fights taking place at a school or park
    • Content that does not comply with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

    What is not in violation of this policy?

    • Innocently posted fleeting baby butts or diaper changing with glimpse of genitalia.
    • Playful fights featuring children
  6. Vulgar language and profanity

    We don’t allow gratuitous obscenities, profanity, or language that may be inappropriate for audiences under 18 years old.

    What is in violation of this policy?

    • Content that includes use of excessive profanity or slurs
    • Content that includes crude gestures or vulgar motions
    • Content that includes use of excessive sexually explicit or lewd language
    • Any profanity and vulgarity in the headline of an article

    What is not in violation of this policy?

    • Minimal use of profanity in a non-sexual way or for artistic purpose (e.g., lyrics, parody)
    • Minimal use of profanity, not directed at anyone and not intended in a sexual or derogatory nature that is scattered within the larger context
  7. Misinformation

    NewsBreak is not a place for misinformation, disinformation, malinformation. We remove or restrict distribution of false or misleading content that may harm our users or the public’s well-being, safety, or trust.

    What is in violation of this policy?

    • Medically unsupported health claims that risk public health and safety, such as the promotion of false cures or anti-vaccination advice
    • False or misleading information that impedes an election’s integrity or an individual’s or group’s civic participation, including preventing or discouraging people from voting or causing their votes not to be counted
    • False or misleading claims about the results of an election that could lead to interference with the election process or vote counting process
    • Conspiracy theories that have been debunked
    • Digitally manipulated videos or images
    • Content that impersonates a person, group, brand, or business
    • Content that falsely implies having an affiliation with, or endorsement by, another individual, organization, or service
    • Content about unsupported paranormal activity, aliens, vampires, ghosts, etc. that has no news value
  8. Biased content

    We acknowledge that there is a fine line between biased news and satire or opinion, which poses challenges for us to identify and measure the bias. We also want to keep people informed without stifling public discourse. Therefore we don’t remove opinionated content, but can reduce its distribution. Opinionated content should still be grounded in facts and information and contribute to an informed public debate.

    What is in violation of this policy

    • Extremist, polarizing content that vilifies and dehumanizes one’s political opponents
    • Use of extreme language that indicates a strong bias toward a political party, such as “stupid” or “senile”
    • Unsubstantiated accusations of illegal or unethical behavior about individuals, groups, or businesses
    • Content calling out illegitimacy of elections without any proof

    What is not in violation of this policy

    • Analysis and opinion content that merely advocates or argues for different points of view
    • Use of words that indicate a mild bias toward a political party, such as “crafty” or “sneaky”
    • Content is balanced with opposing viewpoints
  9. Sponsored and promotional content

    As the lines between editorial content and advertising content get blurrier, we do not prohibit content with brand or product mentioning, but we do not allow content that is created particularly for a sponsor where marketing is the primary purpose.

    What is in violation of this policy

    • Content that focuses only on promoting brand(s) or selling product(s) including marketing yourself or your business
    • Content contains promotion of the following:
      • Tobacco products, vaporizers, electronic cigarettes
      • Illegal drugs or drug-related products
      • Unsafe supplements
      • Weapons, ammunition or explosives
      • Adult products or services
      • Payday loans, paycheck advances, penny auctions
      • Multilevel marketing schemes
      • Surveillance equipment
      • Spyware or malware
      • Counterfeit documents
    • Content structured as a listicle that is easy to consume and provides little editorial value
    • Content that contains multiple (affiliated) links that direct audience to company or product pages
    • Promotional materials that falsely represent a brand, for example, Apple products that are not sold from the official website
    • Content that contains Sponsor links that lead to unrelated or deceptive websites
    • Content that facilitates marriage to a foreigner, e.g., “mail order brides”
    • Promotion of trades in social engagement, including integration or display of ads that contain or promote the purchase, sale, or exchanges of “likes”, “shares”, or other social media functionality
    • Adding non-contextual links to stories such as links to the same article on Medium or directing people to your personal website that has no relevance to the content

    What is not in violation of this policy

    • Promotional text or materials less than 50% of the total editorial content
    • Business news that features certain brands, usually household names that would have industry impacts, such as Apple, Nike, Best Buy etc.
    • Promotional content that covers a wide range of products, for example, “30 Great Gifts under $5”
    • Promotional content during holiday seasons, for example, “10 Best Amazon Prime Day deals”
    • Content about free giveaways
    • Listicles with informative text and not primarily intending to market/sell items
    • Product reviews, releases, updates with editorial text
  10. Spam and scams

    We restrict the distribution of spammy or clickbaity content that has no benefit to the users, and in some cases can be troublesome or harassing.

    What is in violation of this policy

    • Outdated news content that is no longer relevant and can cause confusion and perplexity, especially stories that have already been published by other publications months or years ago
    • Fictional pieces that appear to be news stories
    • Content that is excessively posted, identical, repetitive, or untargeted
    • Content that includes links to malware or other technologically malicious content
    • Clickbaity content that deliberately intrigue the readers to click with deceptive or manipulative story packaging, such as exaggerated or sensationalized headlines, or incomplete headlines that withhold information required for the audiences to understand the article, or irrelevant thumbnails
    • Undisclosed affiliate or promotional links
    • Content that offers cash gifts or “get rich quick” schemes
    • Content where the only purpose is to boost subscribers, views, or other metrics
    • Content that incites to interfere with democratic process, such as encouraging voters to misrepresent themselves or illegally participate, or calling for violence to prevent a peaceful transfer of power or orderly succession
    • Content that misrepresents, misstates, or conceals information about you, your content, or primary web destination
  11. Intellectual property and privacy

    We do not allow the improper use of intellectual property and violations of privacy, including but not limited to, violations of applicable privacy laws or our Privacy Policy

    What is in violation of this policy

    • Anything that infringes another’s intellectual property, including copyright, patent, trade secret, rights of publicity, or trademark rights
    • Including a private person’s confidential and personally identifiable information or image without consent
    • Plagiarism
    • Engaging in ‘phishing’ for users’ information
    • Setting cookies on domains that modify, intercept, or delete cookies set by NewsBreak
    • Scraping, crawling, or spidering for information
    • Content that encourages inflated accidental clicks
  12. Unsupported languages

    We do not allow content that is not one of our supported languages.