Because trolls have been around since the early days of the internet, I'm sure you've had a run-in or two at some point. Most of them spend their time hiding behind a keyboard, waiting to stir up controversy and tick people off. Politics and religion are just a couple of topics they focus on, but honestly nothing is safe.
Many of them even make personal attacks directed at celebrities, politicians and famous people in general hoping to get a response. Well, the British Royal Family is apparently fed up with it and are fighting back.
British Royal Family sets social media guidelines
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has been taking heat through social media since her relationship with Prince Harry went public in 2016. Things were so bad that the prince ended up issuing an official statement condemning the "wave of abuse and harassment" she experienced.
Markle apparently isn't the only member of the Royal Family who gets hounded by trolls online, either. Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is also a target for trolls.
The strange thing is neither of them even use a personal social media account. Instead, they share updates through official royal platforms that have millions of followers.
Everything posted on official royal platforms receives hundreds of comments. And, as you might expect, many of them are from trolls trying to cause trouble.
Well, the Royal Family has finally had enough. They just published guidelines for interacting with royal social media channels.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 4, 2019
The guidelines were made to help create a safe environment on all social media channels run by The Royal Family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.
Anyone engaging with its social media channels is asked to show courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of the social media communities.
Comments must not:
- Contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence.
- Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
- Breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves.
- Be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible.
- Contain any advertising or promote any services.
Those are some pretty lofty goals, wouldn't you say? It'll be interesting to see if it works.
If people don't follow the rules the guidelines say, "We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines."
However, getting blocked isn't the worst thing that could happen to violators. They might wind up in the pokey.
It says, "We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law." Now that's some strict enforcement.
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