CounterSocial Terms of Service
Images uploaded to CounterSocial servers may be automatically water-marked with the server address, however all rights including the legal copyright of any user uploaded image and or content remain solely and wholly with the owner of the image and or content. We will respond to clear and complete notices of alleged copyright infringement.
Graphic violence and adult content
We consider graphic violence to be any form of gory media related to death, serious injury, violence, or surgical procedures. We consider adult content to be any media that is pornographic and/or may be intended to cause sexual arousal. CounterSocial allows some forms of graphic violence and/or adult content in toots marked as containing sensitive media. However, you may not use such content in your profile or header images. Additionally, CounterSocial may sometimes require you to remove excessively graphic violence out of respect for the deceased and their families if we receive a request from their family or an authorized representative.
You may not use our service for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities. By using CounterSocial, you agree to comply with all applicable laws governing your online conduct and content.
You may not use our service for any form of research purposes without official written prior permission from CounterSocial, and a further OPT IN from any CounterSocial users whose content you include within said research.
Misuse of CounterSocial badges
You may not use CounterSocial badges, unless provided by CounterSocial. Accounts using unauthorized badges as part of their profile photos, header photos, display names, or in any way that falsely implies affiliation with CounterSocial or authorization from CounterSocial to display these badges, may be suspended.
Misuse of usernames
Selling usernames: You may not buy or sell CounterSocial usernames. Username squatting: You may not engage in username squatting. Some of the factors we take into consideration when determining whether conduct is username squatting include: the number of accounts created; the creation of accounts for the purpose of preventing others from using those account names; the creation of accounts for the purpose of selling those accounts; and the use of third-party content feeds to update and maintain accounts under the names of those third parties. Please note that CounterSocial may also remove accounts that are inactive for more than six months.
We believe in freedom of expression and open dialogue, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we prohibit behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice. Context matters when evaluating for abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions. Factors we may take into consideration include, but are not limited to whether: the behavior is targeted at an individual or group of people; the report has been filed by the target of the abuse or a bystander; the behavior is newsworthy and in the legitimate public interest.
Violence and physical harm
You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism.
Suicide or self-harm
You may not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm. When we receive reports that a person is threatening suicide or self-harm, we may take a number of steps to assist them, such as reaching out to that person and providing resources such as contact information for our mental health partners.
Child sexual exploitation
You may not promote child sexual exploitation.
Abuse and hateful conduct
You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.
Unwanted sexual advances
You may not direct abuse at someone by sending unwanted sexual content, objectifying them in a sexually explicit manner, or otherwise engaging in sexual misconduct.
You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.
Private information and intimate media
You may not publish or post other people's private information without their express authorization and permission. Definitions of private information may vary depending on local laws. Read more about our private information policy. Intimate media: You may not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent.
Threats to expose / hack
You may not threaten to expose someone’s private information or intimate media. You also may not threaten to hack or break into someone’s digital information.
You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others. While you may maintain parody, fan, commentary, or newsfeed accounts, you may not do so if the intent of the account is to engage in spamming or abusive behavior.
We strive to protect people on CounterSocial from technical abuse and spam. To promote a stable and secure environment on CounterSocial, you may not do, or attempt to do, any of the following while accessing or using CounterSocial: Access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of CounterSocial, CounterSocial’s computer systems, or the technical delivery systems of CounterSocial’s providers (except as expressly permitted by the CounterSocial Bug Bounty program). Probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system or network, or breach or circumvent any security or authentication measures (except as expressly permitted by the CounterSocial Bug Bounty program). Access or search, or attempt to access or search, CounterSocial by any means (automated or otherwise) other than through our currently available, published interfaces that are provided by CounterSocial (and only pursuant to the applicable terms and conditions), unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate agreement with CounterSocial. Note that crawling CounterSocial is permissible if done in accordance with the provisions of the robots.txt file; however, scraping CounterSocial without our prior consent is expressly prohibited. Forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or posting, or in any way use CounterSocial to send altered, deceptive, or false source-identifying information. Interfere with or disrupt the access of any user, host or network, including, without limitation, sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing CounterSocial’s services, or by scripting the creation of content in such a manner as to interfere with or create an undue burden on CounterSocial. Any accounts engaging in the following activities may be temporarily locked or subject to permanent suspension:
You may not publish or link to malicious content intended to damage or disrupt another person’s browser or computer or to compromise a person’s privacy.
You may not use CounterSocial’s services for the purpose of spamming anyone. Spam is generally defined on CounterSocial as bulk or aggressive activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt CounterSocial or the experience of users on CounterSocial to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be spamming include: if you have followed and/or unfollowed a large number of of accounts in a short time period, particularly by automated means (aggressive following or follower churn); if your toots or Direct Messages consist mainly of links shared without commentary; if a large number of people have blocked you in response to high volumes of untargeted, unsolicited, or duplicative content or engagements from your account; if a large number of spam complaints have been filed against you; if you post duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account, or create duplicate or substantially similar accounts; if you post multiple updates to a trending or popular topic with an intent to subvert or manipulate the topic to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives; if you send large numbers of unsolicited replies or mentions; if you add users to lists in a bulk or aggressive manner; if you are randomly or aggressively engaging with toots to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives; if you repeatedly post other people’s account information as your own (e.g., bio, toots, profile URL, etc.); if you post misleading, deceptive, or malicious links (e.g., affiliate links, links to malware/clickjacking pages, etc.); if you create fake accounts, account interactions, or impressions; if you sell, purchase, or attempt to artificially inflate account interactions; and if you use or promote third-party services or apps that claim to get you more followers, Retoots, or likes.
CounterSocial is released under the AGPLv3 license (Affero General Public License) as published by the Free Software Foundation. This software is made available WITHOUT WARRANTY; without implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. See the Affero General Public License for further details. In compliance with this license the source is published on Github.
These provisions notwithstanding, the administration of the service reserves the right to revoke any IP address(s) or user access permissions, at any time, for any reason, except as limited by law. Please see our FAQ for more details.
This document was last updated April 23 2018.