Platform Manipulation and Spam Policy

Overview

You may not use Homeslice's services in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people's experience on Homeslice.

We want Homeslice to be a place where people can make human connections, find reliable information, and express themselves freely and safely. To make that possible, we do not allow spam or other types of platform manipulation. We define platform manipulation as using Homeslice to engage in bulk, aggressive, or deceptive activity that misleads others and/or disrupts their experience.

Platform manipulation can take many forms and our rules are intended to address a wide range of prohibited behavior, including:

  • commercially-motivated spam, that typically aims to drive traffic or attention from a conversation on Homeslice to accounts, websites, products, services, or initiatives;
  • inauthentic engagements, that attempt to make accounts or content appear more popular or active than they are; and
  • coordinated activity, that attempts to artificially influence conversations through the use of multiple accounts, fake accounts, automation, and/or scripting.

What is in violation of this policy?

Under this policy we prohibit a range of behaviors in the following areas:

Accounts and identity

You can't mislead others on Homeslice by operating fake accounts. This includes using misleading account information to engage in spamming, abusive, or disruptive behavior. Some of the factors that we take into consideration include:

  • use of stock or stolen profile photos, particularly those depicting other people;
  • use of stolen or copied profile bios; and
  • use of intentionally misleading profile information, including profile location.

You can't artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts.

This includes:

  • overlapping accounts—operating multiple accounts with overlapping use cases, such as identical or similar personas or substantially similar content;
  • mutually interacting accounts—operating multiple accounts that interact with one another in order to inflate or manipulate the prominence of specific posts or accounts; and
  • coordination—creating multiple accounts to post duplicative content or create fake engagement, including:
    • posting identical or substantially similar posts from multiple accounts you operate;
    • engaging repeatedly with the same posts or accounts from multiple accounts that you operate; and
    • coordinating with or compensating others to engage in artificial engagement or amplification, even if the people involved use only one account.

Who can report violations of this policy?

Anyone can report accounts or posts via our "Report this" forms. You can find them throughout the Homeslice platform where user-generated content is accepted.

These reports are used in aggregate to help refine our enforcement systems and identify new and emerging trends and patterns of behavior.

What happens if you violate this policy?

The consequences of violating this policy depend on the severity of the violation as well as any previous history of violations. Our action is also informed by the type of spammy activity that we have identified. The actions we take may include the following:

Anti-spam challenges

When we detect suspicious levels of activity, accounts may be locked and prompted to provide additional information (e.g., a phone number) or to solve a reCAPTCHA.

Blocking URLs

We block or provide warnings about URLs we believe to be unsafe.

Post or discussion thread deletion and temporary account locks

  • If the platform manipulation or spam offense is an isolated incident or first offense, we may take a number of actions ranging from requiring the deletion of one or more posts to temporarily locking account(s). Any subsequent platform manipulation offenses will result in permanent suspension.
  • In the case of a violation centering around the use of multiple accounts, you may be asked to choose one account to keep. The remaining accounts will be permanently suspended.
  • If we believe you may be in violation of our fake accounts policy, we may require you to provide government-issued identification (such as a driver's license or passport) in order to reinstate your account.

Permanent suspension

For severe violations, accounts will be permanently suspended at first detection. Examples of severe violations include:

  • operating accounts where the majority of behavior is in violation of the policies described above;
  • using any of the tactics described on this page to undermine the integrity of elections;
  • buying/selling accounts;
  • creating accounts to replace or mimic a suspended account; and
  • operating accounts that Homeslice is able to reliably attribute to entities known to violate the rules.

If you believe that your account was locked or suspended in error, you can submit an appeal.

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