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artst Community Guidelines

We want the artst platform to be a safe space for artists and members so please follow these guidelines and help us make this the best community of music lovers on the internet.

Authenticity

  • You can’t create fake pages or collect money for things you’re not actually doing. For example, you cannot create a fan page for someone else.
  • You cannot pretend to be or impersonate someone else by using the name, brand or works of another to deceive members.
  • You also can’t use artst as a prank or to fund an end to your own negative behaviour.

 

Bullying, harassment, and threats

We recognise that discussing celebrities, media or other public figures can sometimes involve harsh criticism, and we believe that is an appropriate part of free debate. However, we draw the line when it comes to harassing private figures, or taking any action that might affect people’s physical safety, regardless of whether these people are private or public figures.

As much as we want you to be able to express yourself, we want all of our users to have the right to express their opinion without feeling intimidated. Even the most difficult conversations should take place in the most respectful way. Here is how we define these behaviours.

Bullying and harassment:

You cannot attempt to intimidate anyone, either directly or by using your influence over others. We treat real-life interactions more seriously than online interactions when analysing whether a line has been crossed because it can be more threatening and lead to physical violence. When both sides engage in similar behaviour, such as feuds between public figures, we are less likely to take action.

Threats:

Anyone on artst should be able to express their opinion in a way that doesn't threaten another person. In this respect, we take threats of violence very seriously. Any artist or member threatening the well-being of an individual or group of people will be removed. This includes threatening behaviour such as stalking or inciting others to commit violent acts.

If you are a victim of this behaviour and feel that your personal safety is at risk, we suggest you contact your local law enforcement, in addition to reporting the behaviour to us.

 

Hate speech

When reviewing an account for a potential hate speech violation, we consider some of the following questions:

  • Do the creations have historical or educational value? For example, we don’t allow the use of the swastika for propaganda and promoting hate, but it would be acceptable to use it in an educational video to talk about Germany under the Third Reich.
  • Is there a call for violence against someone based on a characteristic like those listed above?
  • Does the artist glorify a group that is known to support ideologies that would be classified as hate speech under this policy?
  • Is the artist using racial slurs or negative depictions of someone based on a characteristic like those listed above?

This list is not exhaustive, but we want to be transparent about how we work in the grey areas between speech and action. There can be a fine line between political comments and hate speech. If you come across what you believe to be hate speech on artst, please take the time to report it.

 
Doxing

We take this strong stance against doxing because it is used to silence or intimidate people with different viewpoints on the internet. It can cause extensive emotional trauma, and can put the victim’s physical safety at risk.

The most classic form of doxing is when an individual’s private personal information is shared. This could be information such as a phone number or home address. The definition of private personal information can vary and may mean that it is simply very difficult to find.

We also consider it to be doxing when an individual’s non-private information is aggregated. For example, we would consider it doxing if someone’s profile picture was combined with their real name, all of their known social media accounts, and the city they lived in.

No matter the specific information shared, we also evaluate the context around why it was shared. If it looks like this information is being shared for the purpose of making it easier for a large group to harass that individual, we are likely to consider it doxing.

When doxing takes place, we lose the ability to have conversations. Doxing isn’t speech countering speech, it is speech shutting down others’ ability to speak. It removes our ability to discuss ideas, grow as individuals and have a safe space for disagreement.

 

People who can’t use artst

Politicians:

You cannot use artst to fund your run for office or to fund the political campaigns of others.

Criminal or Harmful Past:

Any artist caught in the act or convicted of making credible violent threats, committing violent crimes, child abuse, malicious doxing, coordinating nonviolent harm (such as fraud, money laundering, and gambling), or encouraging others to do any of these activities, may be banned from using artst.

Dangerous Organisations:

People with a dangerous criminal history or a known affiliation with violent or dangerous groups (including terrorist or cyber terrorist organisations, organised criminal groups, and violent hate groups), cannot receive funds through artst, no matter the purpose or apparent intention of their artst page.

You can discuss these groups on artst but any artist praising or actively supporting these groups or their leaders won't be allowed on artst.

 

Harmful and illegal activities

Self-harm:

We don’t allow any page that promotes or glorifies self-harm, such as pages that encourage self-injury, suicide, or an eating disorder. Examples include pages that glorify self-scarification or a pro-anorexia campaign. If we believe there’s a credible risk the artist will harm themselves, we will work with law enforcement when needed. However, we allow creations that promotes awareness such as self-harm survival stories, especially if they have educational value.

If you or someone close to you might be in danger of hurting themselves, please contact local authorities or seek help: http://www.suicide.org/suicide-hotlines.html

Illegal activity:

We don’t allow pages that collect money for an illegal purpose, or that encourage others to break the law. For example, artists may not promote illegal weapons, drug manufacturing techniques or distribution, or property crime. For example, we don't allow creations that help organise or encourage vandalism. Note that we do allow street art.

 

Spam

These are some of the actions we consider to be spamming, which is prohibited on artst:

  • Don’t create membership schemes; don’t contact other artists to have a member-for-member kind of trade deal.
  • Don’t use artst to release or link to malware or phishing schemes.
  • Don’t make misleading posts to grow your membership.
  • Don’t post comments on other artists’ pages promoting your own page.

 

When reviewing reports about spam, we will distinguish between commercial spam and friendly abuse such as legitimate artists spamming other artists’ pages. If we determine the spam is friendly abuse, the account will be flagged; repeat offences will lead to full removal of the artist or member page. Commercial spamming by an account that is not a legitimate artist will be removed from artst. In other words, be creative and original because nobody likes Spam (not the canned type).

 

Member accounts

artists report a member’s post directly via the mobile app by tapping on the three dots. You can also reach out to us directly at report@artstmedia.com

If you would like us to review the behaviour of one of your members we will keep the review confidential. We review reports around hate speech, harassment and solicitation very carefully and we will take action against a member account if we find that they are in clear violation of these guidelines.

Please remember that we will not share any details related to what kind of action we might have taken against a member's account. Most importantly, if you feel unsafe because a member is stalking or harassing you, you should always try to seek the help of your local law enforcement and contact the closest cyber crime unit as they will have the most tools and means to help. artst will work closely with law enforcement when there is an investigation.

 

Artist accounts

Members report an artist's post directly via the mobile app by tapping on the three dots. You can also reach out to us directly at report@artstmedia.com

If you would like us to review the behaviour of an artist we will keep the review confidential. We review reports around hate speech, harassment and solicitation very carefully and we will take action against an artist account if we find that they are in clear violation of these guidelines.

Please remember that we will not share any details related to what kind of action we might have taken against an artist's account. Most importantly, if you feel unsafe because an artist is stalking or harassing you, you should always try to seek the help of your local law enforcement and contact the closest cyber crime unit as they will have the most tools and means to help. artst will work closely with law enforcement when there is an investigation.

 

This policy is part of our Terms of Use. For more information, contact us at help@artstmedia.com.