We require our users to adhere to a set of standards that are designed to uphold the safety and security of the community and foster the optimal working environment at HeySummit. These Guidelines describe the standards that apply to acceptable use of HeySummit, and we encourage you to refer to them regularly as they evolve. We are continuously reevaluating these Guidelines to ensure that they are transparent, principled and applied consistently.
How We Enforce
We may at our discretion suspend, cancel or bring an account into review if we believe that it is not complying with the rules of these guidelines, our terms or general etiquette that is deemed appropriate. You may provide further information in the form of an appeal but HeySummit is not required to action this appeal if it reasonably believes the initial account to be accurate and without remedy.
Sensitive Content and Conduct
Adult Content and Conduct: We do not allow sexually explicit content and activities, including pornography, fetish material, sexual acts, offers or requests for sexual services, or any other content or conduct where the primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation. We also prohibit sexual violence and exploitation, including the sharing of non-consensual, sexually exploitative images or videos taken of someone without their knowledge or consent (or that appear as such).
Child Exploitation: We have a zero tolerance policy for content or conduct that relates to sexual exploitation or endangerment of children, no matter the form. If child sexual exploitation is identified, we will act expeditiously to report the violation to applicable authorities, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Defamatory Content and Conduct: We do not allow provable false statements of fact about private persons that are harmful to their reputation.
Dangerous and Violent Content and Conduct
Bullying and Harassment: We do not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment (including, for example, sexual harassment, unwelcome sexual advances, stalking, intimidation, threats, humiliation or insult).
Discrimination and Hate: We do not allow discrimination, or the promotion or incitement of hatred or violence against individuals or groups, based on race or ethnic origin, genetic features, religion, disability, age, language, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, caste or any other characteristic that is typically associated with systemic marginalization or discrimination. This includes promotion of hate symbols, such as flags and insignias, as well as condoning, denying or trivializing crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and similar acts.
Suicide and Self-Harm: We do not allow the promotion or depiction of self-harm, suicide, eating disorders and other acts that may result in serious injury or death; however, we do allow content focused on users sharing their own experiences or formal/qualified education with these issues in an effort to educate or raise awareness.
Violent Conduct: We do not tolerate behavior that includes acts or threats of violence.
Content Containing Gratuitous Violence, Gore and Cruelty: We do not allow content that includes gratuitous violence or gore, including graphic descriptions or depictions of realistic violence or dangerous acts, sadistic activity, rape, or cruelty in relation to any person or animal.
Terrorism: HeySummit is not a place for groups or content encouraging or promoting terrorism or violent extremism, or for those who affiliate themselves with - or seek to recruit for - those groups.
Deceptive Content and Conduct
Private Information and Impersonation: We do not allow the sharing - or threatened sharing - of another’s personal information (doxxing), engaging others to do so, or engaging in activities that violate another’s reasonable expectation of privacy. We also prohibit attempts to impersonate another person or company, including misrepresenting yourself as an employee or agent of HeySummit.
Spam and Scams: Behavior that is disruptive, malicious or manipulates the user experience on HeySummit is unacceptable. We don’t allow any activity that is intended to drive users to unrelated products, or services, nor do we allow bulk messaging - particularly where commercial or promotional in nature - that is unauthorized, irrelevant or highly repetitive. We do not allow content that willfully misrepresents or otherwise defrauds or exploits others for money or property, such as ponzi schemes, loan advance and debt relief schemes. We also prohibit attempts to interfere with HeySummit’s products, systems or the provision of services to our users, whether through manual or automated means.
Misinformation: We do not allow false or misleading content, including misinformation or manipulated content, that may impact the trust and safety of our community. This includes health claims that are not substantiated by a recognized domestic or international health authority like the CDC or WHO, or conspiracy theory content that violates other parts of these Guidelines, such as by promoting hate speech.
Applicable Laws: You must respect and comply with all applicable local, national and international laws and regulations, and any legal order, when using HeySummit, as well as our rules, agreements and policies, both in letter and spirit (similarly, you may not advocate, promote or incite any party to commit or assist any unlawful or criminal act). Even in cases where conduct or content may not be explicitly prohibited by these Guidelines or other HeySummit agreements, we will take action consistent with the principles we have described in these Guidelines to promote an environment of trust and safety.
Illegal Goods and Services: HeySummit must not be used to promote or facilitate trade in illegal products, such as illegal drugs, products made from endangered or protected species, counterfeit goods or services, and weapons.
IP in Content: When you share or contribute content on HeySummit, you must ensure that you have the right to do so. In general terms, the easiest way to avoid issues is to create the content yourself. HeySummit respects the intellectual property rights of others, including trademark, copyright and other legal rights, and expects our users to do the same.
Repeat Infringement: We will terminate accounts of those users who repeatedly infringe these Community Guidelines. Typically, this occurs where the user has received 3 warnings, with a strike being applied each time we are required to inform you of your infringement. However, we may bundle a group of removals as a single strike, reverse strikes for valid counter-notices that lead to successful appeals against decisions on our platforms, or terminate accounts for fewer than 3 strikes based on other violations of these Community Guidelines or our Terms of Service.