BitChute

Community Guidelines

Welcome to BitChute, a peer-to-peer content sharing platform and associated services. BitChute aims to put creators first and provide them with a service that they can use to flourish and express their ideas freely.

These community guidelines give an overview of the behavior that is expected from the BitChute community, including you. By continuing to use the site, you are agreeing with and accepting these community guidelines in their entirety.

These guidelines are provided as a set of high level Principles which outline the core expectations for all members of the community. In addition to the Principles, the community guidelines also detail the Policies we follow when dealing with breaches of the Principles.

BitChute is about

BitChute is not about

Freedom of Expression Harassment, Oppression or Incitement
Opportunity to Succeed Platform Bias
'People Power’ ‘Mob Rule’
Individual Responsibility Censorship
Decentralized Distribution Illegal Content
Empowering Creators Exploiting Creators

Principles

These principles provide the definition of the code of conduct that we expect the community to follow. They are intended to foster an inclusive environment where users can express themselves, their thoughts and/or opinions for open discussion, without unjust criticism or discrimination. They are to be read and considered in their entirety.

TLDR Version

This is the Too Long Didn't Read version of the Principles. Please note that the full version of the Principles below takes precedence.

Freedom of Expression

  • All creators have the same opportunity to express themselves.

Equal Rights

  • Everyone should be treated as equals with the same rights.
  • BitChute will treat all members of the community equally.
  • We do not grant ourselves special voting power.

Respect & Decency

  • Child abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Threatening, inciting or promoting violence will not be tolerated. This includes terrorist material.
  • Sexually explicit content will not be tolerated.
  • Harassment of others will not be tolerated.
  • Malicious use of the platform will not be tolerated.

Responsibility

  • You are responsible for your own actions on the platform.
  • Creators are responsible for setting the correct sensitivity of their content.
  • You have a responsibility to ensure compliance with these Principles at all times.

Compliant with Law

  • You are expected to follow the laws of your domicile pertaining to online conduct, communication and content.
  • BitChute will respect applicable laws pertaining to online communications.
  • It is your duty to ensure that you respect copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights, referencing fair use laws appropriately.
  • Organizations or individuals that are engaged in terrorist activity are not permitted to use the platform.
  • It may be legally necessary for some content to be filtered based on the country of content consumption.

Equal Rights

All members of the community and wider society should be treated as equals with the same rights, regardless of their race, age, religion, sex or any other arbitrary attribute or self assigned designation.

Viewers should decide through objective criteria such as views, likes and subscriptions which creators are featured most prominently across BitChute, with the expectation that the more widely accepted and supported content will rise to the top. The site and background features are designed to help achieve this objective.

We do not grant ourselves special voting power above or beyond any other BitChute account holder, our likes and views count the same as yours. We endeavor to apply the rules evenly and fairly, when someone breaks the rules they are subject to the same consequences as every other member of the BitChute community.

Any actions we or the community take against the members of the community need to be completely transparent, subject to appeal and it is BitChute's responsibility to make sure this is the case.

Freedom of Expression

According to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom of expression is the right of every individual to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media, modern or traditional and regardless of frontiers.

The right to freedom of expression does not just apply to information and ideas generally considered to be useful or correct. It also applies to any kind of fact or opinion that can be communicated. The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRCm) has stressed that 'expression' is broad and not confined to political, cultural or artistic expression. It also includes controversial, false or even shocking expression. The mere fact that an idea is disliked or thought to be incorrect does not justify its censorship alone.

The right to freedom of expression means that states must 'respect' free expression and not interfere with it. The right also places a positive obligation to actively ensure that obstacles to free expression are removed.

Some examples of why ensuring freedom of expression is necessary include:

  • Ensuring that individuals can be heard.
  • Holding those in a position of power to account.
  • Preventing the monopolization of the media by the state and/or private companies.
  • The development of a fair and just society.

There are numerous things on the internet that many people will find personally distasteful and they are free to avoid and/or criticize those things. We feel strongly that every person must be allowed to share their experiences to raise awareness about issues that are important to them and potentially society as a whole.

We give all creators the same opportunity to express themselves as individuals and/or in voluntary association with others.

Respect & Decency

We expect you to show respect and decency towards fellow members of the community and others.

Child Abuse

Content containing or promoting the abuse or sexualization of children will not be tolerated and will be reported to the appropriate authorities. If you discover any such material on the site, we implore you to report it to us immediately using the tools provided.

Violent Content

Any content threatening, inciting or promoting violence will not be tolerated, and should be reported when seen. This includes any material that is produced by and/or promoting a designated terrorist organization. Content showing acts of violence should be marked as Not Safe For Work (NSFW) or Not Safe For Life (NSFL) using the sensitivity controls.

Sexually Explicit Content

BitChute is not intended to be a delivery platform for sexually explicit content. Any such content should be reported when seen. If this describes your video, even if it is a video of yourself, do not post it on BitChute. Some content containing nudity is permitted, as long as it does not portray sexual acts and if it is marked as Not Safe For Work (NSFW) using the sensitivity controls.

Harmful Content

Do not post content that encourages others to do things that might cause them to get badly hurt, especially children. Content showing harmful and/or dangerous acts should be marked as Not Safe For Work (NSFW) or Not Safe For Life (NSFL) using the sensitivity controls.

Harassment

If harassment crosses the line into a malicious attack it can be reported and appropriate action will be taken following review. At times, users may be annoying, insulting and/or petty; in these cases it is often best to simply ignore them and move on.

Harassment may include, and is not limited to:

  • Sustained abuse after a clear request to stop.
  • Revealing someone's personal information that has not already been made publicly available by the individual, including sensitive personally identifiable information such as addresses, social security numbers, passport numbers, phone numbers or bank account numbers.
  • All unlawful harassment, as determined within the domicile of the originator.
  • Incitement to harass other users.
  • Coordinated group attacks with the aim to shame, silence or otherwise shut down other users.

Malicious Use

Malicious use of the site and/or the functionality provided is not permitted. The following are some examples of what we consider to be malicious use:

  • Spam - Do not post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages.
  • Misleading Metadata - Do not create misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails in order to increase views or otherwise trick users.
  • Scamming - Do not attempt to scam others out of their earnings, views, votes or anything else.
  • Name Squatting & Impersonation - Do not name squat or impersonate a user, channel or other similar entity on the site.
  • Metric Manipulation - Do no manipulate metrics such as views, likes and/or subscriptions. When this is detected such metrics will be adjusted to compensate.

Any occurrences of malicious use should be reported when seen.

Responsibility

As an individual, you are responsible for our own actions, and you may be held accountable for any content that you add to the site, including but not limited to videos, titles, descriptions, comments and any other associated items. You are not responsible for the actions of others on the site, however you should consider that others maybe influenced and/or incited by the content you produce.

It is the responsibility of the content creators to ensure that the correct sensitivity is assigned to any videos that are uploaded to their channels.

All members of the community have a responsibility to each other to ensure we comply with these Principles at all times.

Compliant with Law

We expect members of the community to follow the laws of their domicile pertaining to online conduct, communication and content. BitChute will respect applicable laws pertaining to online communications.

You own and are responsible for all of the content and information you post on BitChute. However, before sharing content on BitChute, please be sure you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights. You should make reference to fair use laws appropriately where applicable.

We do not allow any organizations or individuals that are engaged in terrorist activity to have a presence on BitChute. Furthermore, material produced by and/or promoting such organizations or individuals is not permitted and will be removed.

Note:Using portions of such content can be acceptable, if it is done so appropriately for critique and/or its newsworthiness.

In some domiciles it may be legally required that those, within that domicile, who upload certain content are reported to the appropriate authorities. For example in the case of child abuse, BitChute does comply with these laws.

When requested to do so by the authorities, we may apply filters on specific content that is considered illegal within their country. These filters will be applied so that do not affect other countries where the content is considered legal.

Policies

Moderation

Currently moderation activities, such as reviewing reports, are carried out by BitChute staff. So please allow a reasonable time for us to process your reports. Notification of the result of your report will be sent to your registered email address.

In the future, we will be introducing a community based moderation process for the less controversial report classifications. More details on this system will be published here when available.

Flagging & Reporting

If you wish to flag or report content you have seen on the website that is in violation of the community guidelines, then please use the flag functionality available on all pages that host content. Alternatively, you can submit an email to [email protected].

Note: Abuse of the flagging and reporting processes may lead to account suspension.

Appeals

We are aware that sometimes the result of moderation activity may not always be satisfactory, and that new evidence may have become available to alter the outcome. For such circumstances an appeal process has been put in place and can be requested via an email to [email protected].

Note: Abuse of the appeal process may lead to account suspension.

Content Sensitivity

To help users control the content that is presented to them, they can adjust the content sensitivity level via their profile preferences. By default all content will be marked as Normal sensitivity. Creators can voluntarily mark their content as Not Safe For Work. The flagging, reporting, moderation and appeal processes will be employed to ensure the appropriate sensitivity level is applied to content.

Available content sensitivity levels are as follows:

Not Safe For Work (NSFW)

Content that is not safe for viewing in the workplace, or similar environments, must be marked as such by the content creator.

The reporting process should be utilised to flag content that has not been appropriately marked as Not Safe For Work (NSFW).

Not Safe For Life (NSFL)

This level of sensitivity goes beyond Not Safe For Work (NSFW), as it does not matter where you view the material; many if not most people will find this content upsetting.

Material that contains graphic content, which should be viewed with discretion, must be marked as Not Safe For Life (NSFL) by the content creator.

The reporting process should be utilised to flag content that has not been appropriately marked as Not Safe For Life (NSFL).

Normal

All content that is not assigned a specific sensitivity will be marked as Normal. This is default for all newly created content on the site.

Note: Creators will be unable to directly change the sensitivity of content that has been set through the moderation process.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about the Terms, the Service or the practices of BitChute, please contact us at [email protected].


This document was last updated on February 19th, 2018.