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WNewsNetwork Community Standards

Updated on November 1, 2017

Current Standards is in force until October 31, 2017 and can be read here 

WNewsNetwork gives people around the world the power to publish their own stories, see the world through the eyes of many other people, and connect and share wherever they go. The conversation that happens on WNewsNetwork – and the opinions expressed here – mirror the diversity of the people using WNewsNetwork.

To balance the needs and interests of a global population, WNewsNetwork protects expression that meets the community standards outlined on this page.

Please review these standards. They will help you understand what type of expression is acceptable, and what type of content may be reported and removed.

The Community Standards and the Term of Service (TOS) are legally binding documents that all users must follow in order to use the WNewsNetwork’s services.

1. Violence and Threats

Safely is a very top priority at WNewsNetwork. We remove content and may escalate the case to law enforcement when we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm, or a direct threat to public safety is occuring. You may not credibly threaten others, or organize acts of real-world violence.

Organizations with a record of terrorist or violent criminal activity are not allowed to maintain a presence on our site. We also prohibit promoting, planning or celebrating any of your actions if they have, or could, result in financial harm to others, including theft and vandalism. Violations of this section will results in Immediate Account termination and further legal action could be made including and up to prosecution. 

2. Bullying and Harassment

WNewsNetwork does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We do want to give our users the freedom to post on matters people and of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behaviour directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted follow requests or messages is a form of harassment. Violations of this section will results in immediate Account termination*

3. Graphic Content

WNewsNetwork has been a place to view or comment on News Stories or upload media content. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. In many instances, when people share this type of content, it is to condemn it. However, graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site.

When people share any content, we expect that they will share in a responsible manner. For graphic videos, people should warn their audience about the nature of the content in the video so that their audience can make an informed choice about whether to watch it with a NSFW (Not Safe For Work).

We also have systems in place to automatically find and flag for Mod Review, but sometimes there is some content that does come past our systems. If you find content that shows Graphic content, please flag the post so that a Mod can view the content In question.

4. Hate Speech

WNewsNetwork does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.

We also don’t allow groups to use our services that are known for hate speech including people who have strong ties to these groups.

5. Identity and Privacy

People on WNewsNetwork must uses their real names and identities.

We asked you to refrain from publishing personal information of others without their consent. Information can include not not limited to the following: Users Addresses, Government ID numbers, email addresses, driver license, workplaces, etc

W-World Media and WNewNetwork will never ask for any personal information that does not follow our Privacy Policy. We will never ask for personal information through email or text messages. We will contact you through the My W-World Account portal.

6. Nudity

WNewsNetwork is a family friendly website for users age 13+, WNewsNetwork has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved.

We also don’t allow predatory behaviour whether in the community board or through private messages of any kind which could led to removal and escalate to law enforcement if required.

We will remove content and escalate the case to law enforcement if the content involves a minor. Information provided to law enforcement if required by law and in accordance to our privacy policy is the following but not limited to: user name, full name, users logs, IP address(es) and the content(s) in question.

Violations of this section will results in Immediate Account termination*

7. Fake News

WNewsNetwork believes in the freedom of the press and what users posts for the world to see, but we also believe in truthful reporting by all of our reports. So we asked before you post or share to double check the post especially when it involves highly known officials and events.

As Required by our term of use Section 2.2.2 States “you shall not upload, post or transmit anything that you know to be false, misleading or inaccurate.”

As a News company and service, we want to make sure that all our posts and contents are followings the Five (5) Ws reporting Standards which is the following:

  1. What is Happening
  2. Where it happened
  3. Why it happened
  4. When did it happen
  5. How did it happen

So one of the requirements is that the post has a media content attached to the post to make sure of the validity of the story. A media can included the following: a photo, video and/or audio.

(B) If you find a content that does follow this guidelines, please report the content through our reporting system or by email to fakenews@wnewsnetwork.com with the following:

  1. The full URL of the content in question
  2. The title and date of the content
  3. The user name that posted the content in question
  4. The reason why you believe the post is fake and a URL to a fact-checking site like scopes or to a story published by another organization or company (see below section C)
  5. Your email or phone to contact you at if we need more information

(C) Approved Fact Checking or News Organization Sites

  • A Story posted by WNewsNetwork’s Editorial team
  • Governments News Provided by a Government Official or office
  • AP or it’s related services like Canadian Press
  • Reuters, Bloomberg News or related News Agencies
  • Scopes, factcheck.org, Washington Post Factchecker
  • Corporation Press Releases (Provided that a link is Provided)
  • A Major News Sites like CNBC, CBC News, NBC News, Fox News that has the story on the topic In Question

(D) Exemption to Guideline

The above guidelines will be activated in the event of a fake news alert by other users, reporters and/or news agencies

8. Intellectual Property and Copyright

Before sharing content on WNewsNetwork, please be sure you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights.

If you are a copyright owner or a Trademark owner and you notice that someone has content being used without your permission, please follow the reporting requirements below to send us a takedown request.

9. Spam

We ask that you respect our users by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent which including phishing, mobile phone spam, using spambots, etc.

Violations of this section will results in Account termination* and may have Website access terminated

10. Security

We take the safety of our members seriously and work to prevent attempts to compromise their privacy or security, including those that use fraud or deception. Additionally, we ask that you respect our users by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.

It’s a violation of our term of service to upload viruses or other malicious code onto WNewsNetwork.

Also you will not collect users’ content or information, or otherwise access WNewsNetwork, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our prior permission. Violations of this section will results in Account termination and will have the Website access terminated.

Reporting Abuse:

If you see something on the site, that would violate the term of service or Community Standards, please use the Reporting system on the post or comment or send us a email to abuse@wnewsnetwork.com with the following:

•URL of the content

•The content title

•The date of the content posted

•Their first and last name and/or username

•Your first name and last name

•Your contact email if we need more information

•The reason why you are reporting the content

What happens if you violate the Community Standards or Terms of Service:

1. You will receive a email saying what’s the violation was and what you have to do (Example: removed the content or edited the content)

2. Second Violation: You will get a second warning on the Violation, which will warn you if you get one more violation, your account will be terminated

3. Third Violation or a severe abuse (such as predatory behaviour or spam): You will receive a email saying that your account has been terminated.*^

4. Violations of the Security section will results in Account termination and will have the Website access terminated which may involves IP Blockage and/or email blockage. This may escalate to law enforcement if we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm, or a direct threat to public safety and/or website data.

*Users whose accounts have been terminated are prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other My W-World accounts. When an account is terminated, the account owner will receive an email detailing the reason for the terminated.

^You can make a appeal to WNewsNetwork with the reason why you think that your account should be restored. This process does not guaranteed that your account will be restored.

 

Copyright Takedown:

If you believe your copyright-protected work was posted on WNewsNetwork without authorization, you may submit a copyright infringement notification. Be sure to consider whether fair use, fair dealing, or a similar exception to copyright applies before you submit. These requests should only be submitted by the copyright owner or an agent authorized to act on the owner’s behalf

Please send file out the form by clicking here or email to copyright@wnewsnetwork.com with the required following:

  1. The full URL of content in question
  2. The title of content
  3. A description of your work that you believe has been infringed
  4. Your name
  5. Your title (if needed)
  6. Your company or organization of the copyright
  7. A link or photocopy of your original copyright
  8. And the following statements:
  1. “I have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.” and
  2. “The information in this notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”

 

Complete complaints require the physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or a representative authorized to act on their behalf. To satisfy this requirement, you may type your full legal name (a first and last name, not a company name) to act as your signature at the bottom of your complaint.

 

Do not make false claims. Misuse of this process may result in the suspension of your account or other legal consequences.

Trademark Takedown

If you believe your trademark was posted on WNewsNetwork without authorization, you may submit a trademark infringement notification. Please make sure that the Trademark has been officially trademark by the trademark agency in your country  These requests should only be submitted by the trademark owner or an agent authorized to act on the owner’s behalf.

A Trademark can be the Following:

  • A Logo whether text or image base;
  • A slogan;
  • A URL and/or
  • A company or brand name

Please send file out the form by clicking here or email to trademarks@wnewsnetwork.com with the required following:

  1. The full URL of content in question
  2. The title of content
  3. The username of the content in question
  4. A description of your trademark(s) that you believe has been infringed
  5. Your name
  6. Your title (if needed)
  7. Your company or organization of the copyright
  8. A link to your original trademark
  9. The country that the trademark is officially registered in
  10. And the following statements:
    1. “I have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the trademark owner, its agent, or the law.” and
    2. “The information in this notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”

Complete complaints require the physical or electronic signature of the trademark owner or a representative authorized to act on their behalf. To satisfy this requirement, you may type your full legal name (a first and last name, not a company name) to act as your signature at the bottom of your complaint.

 

Do not make false claims. Misuse of this process may result in the suspension of your account or other legal consequences.