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Social media community guidelines

Learn about what behaviour social media platforms do or don't allow.

What are community guidelines?

Each social media platform has a set of rules which set out how they expect users to behave on their platform.

These rules are often called social media ‘community guidelines’. You might also see them referred to as ‘terms of use’.

They cover behaviour that is not allowed and what might happen if one of the community guidelines is broken.

Examples of community guidelines:

  • Do not create material that intends to harass, bully or upset people
  • Do not create material that is discriminatory against someone’s age, race, religion, gender, sexuality or disability
  • Do not promote or share sexually explicit material
  • If someone blocks you, do not contact them from another account
  • Do not share another person’s private information
  • Do not encourage dangerous behaviour or violence

Social media platforms may remove content or suspend an account if it breaks one of their rules. 

Reporting content

If you see something on social media that you think breaks one of the community guidelines, you can report it directly to the platform. They will review your report and decide what action to take.

When you sign up to a social media platform, you have to agree to follow these rules to be able to use it. You should always read through the guidelines so you know what is acceptable, and what isn’t, on that platform.

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