Pushee Media Policy

Pushee was made to create a better experience for our users by changing the way people share with each other. Pushee users create “Channels” - one for each of the different groups of followers in their life, and post relevant content there. For example, a typical Pushee user may have one Channel where they post content for their family, another for their friends and another for those people who share their passion (i.e. music) or hobby (LARPing) or favorite pastime (Italian cooking). By separating their content into Channels, Pushee makes sure that our user's posts and messages always reach just the right people. 

Pushee works differently in two other important ways - First, only a Channel's creator can post content into their Channel(s). Let’s face it, people follow others to see what THEY have to say, not what their other followers think about it. Next, only a Channel's owner can see the comments that their subscribers (followers) post. With Pushee there’s no cross-talk and no place for trolls to hang out, since our users will never see anyone’s comments but their own.

Because the people who subscribe to and see a Channel's content are all there by choice and are not subjected to the comments of strangers, there is no need for Pushee to censor our user’s posts. If someone doesn’t like what is posted on Pushee they are free to “unsubscribe” from that Channel. (Once unsubscribed they can no longer see that Channel's content). Of course we will step in if anyone tries to use Pushee in ways that break the law or our rules. But by and large we at Pushee are a diverse bunch of people with many differing opinions and beliefs, and we built a platform to allow expression of all of them. We assume that our users are capable of making their own decisions regarding what content they want to share and be exposed to, and we will not censor or restrict content merely because we may not personally approve of or agree with it. 

At Pushee we look to the US First Admentment for guidance on speech that should be restricted on our Platform. Accordingly, examples of speech that is not allowed on Pushee include, but are not limited to:

Fighting Words: Pushee prohibits the use of “fighting words,” which is speech that is used to inflame another and that will likely incite physical retaliation. Likewise, language that is meant to incite the masses toward lawless action is not allowed. This can include speech that is intended to incite violence or to encourage the audience to commit illegal acts. The test for fighting words is whether an average citizen would view the language as being inherently likely to provoke a violent response.

Offensive Obscenity: Most forms of obscenity are protected by the First Amendment and are therefore allowed on Pushee, provided they are marked as containing sensitive subject matter (see How to mark your Media as Sensitive). However the following forms of obscenity are restricted from Pushee: content that depicts something that is considered patently offensive based on contemporary community standards and/or that it lacks serious literary, scientific or artistic value.

Child Pornography: Child pornography is an exception to the First Amendment’s right to free speech and to having to meet the high threshold test for other obscene works. Speech is not protected if it depicts a minor performing sexual acts or showing their private parts. Any such content is strictly forbidden on Pushee.

Libel and Slander: The First Amendment does not protect individuals from facing civil penalties if they defame another person through written or verbal communication. Any such content is strictly forbidden on Pushee.

Crimes Involving Speech: The First Amendment also does not provide protection for forms of speech that are used to commit a crime, such as perjury, extortion or harassment. Any such content is strictly forbidden on Pushee.

Threats: Speech is not usually protected when it constitutes a threat toward another that places the target of such speech with bodily harm or death. Any such content is strictly forbidden on Pushee. There are certain exceptions, such as when a reasonable person would understand the language not to be a credible threat. Additionally, threats of mere social ostracism or boycotts are protected by the constitution and therefore allowed on our platform.

Violation of Copyright Rules: Intellectual property is protected, including copyrights and trademarks. The Supreme Court has held that copyright laws can withstand a First Amendment challenge based on the freedom of speech. Pushee will work to prevent and remove unauthorized sharing of intellectual property on our platform. You can report any copyright or trademark infringement here.

Graphic violence and adult content

Some forms of graphic violence or adult content may be permitted in Pushee messages when these messages are marked as Graphic or Adult using the Pushee app’s Content Warnings feature. However, you may not include this type of content in profile or header images.

We may sometimes require you to remove media containing excessively graphic violence out of respect for the deceased and their families if we receive a request from their family or an authorized representative.

We consider graphic violence to be any form of gory media related to death, serious injury, violence, or surgical procedures. Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of:
• The moment at which someone dies.
• Gruesome crime or accident scenes.
• Bodily harm, torture, dismemberment, or mutilation.
We consider adult content to be any media that is pornographic and/or may be intended to cause sexual arousal. Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of:
• full or partial nudity (including close-ups of genitals, buttocks, or breasts)
   ◦  Please note that exceptions may be made for artistic, medical, health, or educational content.
       Breastfeeding content does not need to be marked as sensitive.
• simulating a sexual act
• intercourse or any sexual act (may involve humans, humanoid animals, cartoons, or anime)
If you see media you think may be in violation of our policy, report it via our in app reporting feature.

Consequences

When adult content or graphic violence appears in Pushee messages, it should be labeled as such by the user who Pushes the message to their Group’s members. This will result in an interstitial overlay displayed over the message advising viewers to be aware that they will see sensitive media if they click through. This approach allows Pushee users to identify potentially sensitive content that some people may not wish to see. Learn more about how to control whether you see sensitive media.

However, if such content appears in header or profile images, it will violate our media policy. The consequences for violating this policy depend on the severity of the violation and the person’s previous record of violations.
The first time someone violates this policy they will be required to mark the imagery properly and may be asked to verify their account ownership. Subsequent violations could result in permanent suspension. If someone believes their account was suspended in error, they can submit an appeal.

Updated August 17th, 2018