Community Standards

We recognise how important it is for Quepinch to be a place where people feel empowered to communicate, and we take our role seriously in keeping abuse off our service. That's why we've developed a set of Community Standards that outline what is and is not allowed on Quepinch. To ensure that everyone's voice is valued, we take great care to craft policies that are inclusive of different views and beliefs, in particular those of people and communities that might otherwise be overlooked or marginalised.

Building community and bringing the world closer together depends onpeople's ability to share diverse views, experiences, ideas and information. We want people to be able to talk openly about the issues that matter to them, even if some may disagree or find them objectionable. In some cases, we allow content that would otherwise go against our Community Standards – if it is newsworthy and in the public interest. We do this only after weighing the public interest value against the risk of harm and we look to international human rights standards to make these judgments.

Our Community Standards apply to everyone, all around the world, and to all types of content. They're designed to be comprehensive – for example, content that might not be considered hateful may still be removed for violating a different policy. We recognise that words mean different things or affect people differently depending on their local community, language or background. We work hard to account for these nuances while also applying our policies consistently and fairly to people and their expression.

The consequences for violating our Community Standards vary depending on the severity of the violation and the person's history on the platform. For instance, we may warn someone for a first violation, but if they continue to violate our policies, we may restrict their ability to post on Quepinch or disable their profile. We may also notify law enforcement when we believe that there is a genuine risk of physical harm or a direct threat to public safety.

Our Community Standards are a guide for what is and isn't allowed on Quepinch. It is in this spirit that we ask members of the Quepinch community to follow these guidelines.

What We Remove

The following are not allowed on Quepinch. This is not a complete list, and we have the right to remove any content that we find inappropriate. Any content that could put our community at risk will be removed. Quepinch has the right to close any account or remove content without notice.

  1. Sexual Content
    1. Pornographic Content. Quepinch considers content to be pornographic when it exists solely for the purpose of sexual stimulation.
    2. Glorification of Sexual Violence. Quepinch classifies non-consensual sexual acts to include rape, sexual assault, kidnapping for sexual purposes, or sexual slavery. The content cannot be encouraging or promoting of non-consensual sex acts.
    3. Sexual Roleplay or Messaging. Quepinch does not permit sexual messages or solicitation. This includes posting content which encourages sexual private messages, on or off Quepinch, or posting rules for public or private roleplay that are intended for sexual purposes.
    4. Illegal Sex Acts. In accordance with Indian Law, any content which encourages illegal sex acts including, but not limited to, bestiality or necrophilia, will be removed.
  2. Media on Quepinch

    Media on Quepinch includes images, videos, gifs, and sound clips. To help keep Quepinch a safe space for everyone to create and discover content, we may remove images that don’t follow our Community Standards. The following Media is not allowed on Quepinch, and will be removed:

    1. Media containing full exposure of any private parts, such as genitalia, breasts, and buttocks, for the purpose of sexual stimulation.
    2. Media displaying sexual intercourse, or any other sexual act, regardless of whether private parts are visible.
    3. Media displaying self-harm or suicide.
    4. Images of people posted without their consent, except for public figures and celebrities.
    5. Any other media which captures an illegal act.

    Quepinch has the right to remove any media deemed unfit for Quepinch.

  3. Self-Injury

    Self-injury is defined as the intentional and direct injuring of the body, including self-mutilation and eating disorders. We want Quepinch to be a space where people can share their experiences, raise awareness about these issues and seek support from one another. However, we remove any content that identifies and negatively targets victims or survivors of self-injury or suicide seriously, humorously or rhetorically.

    Do NOT post content(text or media) that promotes, encourages, coordinates or provides instructions for

    • Suicide
    • Self-injury
    • Eating disorders
  4. Violence

    There are many forms of violence that can be harmful to our community. We will remove any content or accounts that are intended to shock or disgust our community.

    1. Hate Speech

      We do not allow hate speech on Quepinch because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion, and in some cases, may promote real-world violence.

      We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics – race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity and serious disease or disability. We define "attack" as violent or dehumanising speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation.

      Do not post the following targeting a person or a group of persons:
      • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
      • Dehumanising speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalisations or unqualified behavioural statements
      • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes, even if no real person is depicted in an image
    2. Violence and Graphic content

      We remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others because it may create an environment that discourages participation. We allow graphic content (with some limitations) to help people raise awareness about issues. We know that people value the ability to discuss important issues such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism.

      Do NOT post:
      1. Imagery of violence committed against real people or animals with comments or captions by the poster or comments under such imagery that contain
        • Enjoyment of suffering
        • Enjoyment of humiliation
        • Erotic response to suffering
        • Remarks that speak positively of the violence
        • Remarks indicating that the poster is sharing footage for sensational viewing pleasure
      2. Videos of dying, wounded or dead people if they contain:
        • Dismemberment, unless in a medical setting
        • Visible internal organs; partially decomposed bodies
        • Charred or burning people unless in the context of cremation or self-immolation when that action is a form of political speech or newsworthy
        • Victims of cannibalism
        • Throat-slitting
      3. Videos or photos that depict non-sexual child abuse, defined as:
        • Repeated kicking, beating, slapping or stepping on by an adult or animal
        • Strangling or suffocating by an adult or animal
        • Drowning by an adult or animal
        • Biting through skin by an adult or animal
        • Poisoning by an adult
        • Forcible restraint by an adult
        • Inflicting of burn or cut wounds by an adult
        • Forcible smoking
        • Tossing, rotating or shaking of an infant (too young to stand) by their wrists/ankles, arms/legs or neck
  5. Content violating Intellectual Property Rights

    Quepinch takes intellectual property rights seriously and believes that they are important to promoting expression, creativity and innovation in our community. You own all of the content and information that you post on Quepinch. However, before sharing content on Quepinch, please make sure that you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect other people's copyrights, trademarks and other legal rights. We are committed to helping people and organisations promote and protect their intellectual property rights.

    Upon receipt of a report from a rights holder or an authorised representative, we will remove or restrict content that engages in:
    • Copyright infringement
    • Trademark infringement
  6. Spam & Misrepresentation

    We work hard to limit the spread of commercial spam to prevent false advertising, fraud and security breaches, all of which detract frompeople's ability to share and connect. We do not allow people to use misleading or inaccurate information.

    Do not:
    • Artificially increase distribution for financial gain
    • Create or use fake accounts or compromise other people's accounts to create connections, create post or message people
    • Maliciously use login credentials or personally identifiable information by:
      • Attempting to gather or share login credentials or personally identifiable information
      • Using another person's login credentials or personally identifiable information
Last Revised: March 29, 2020