Suicide and Self-Injury Policy

Modified on Wed, 01 May 2024 at 10:32 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Spirit of the Policy

We recognize Medal as a social media platform where people may use many different channels such as our application and Discord server to discuss or draw attention to feeling that they or other may have surrounding the topics of suicide and self-injury. We are committed to working with organizations around to world to provide resources for our users to seek help when they may be in need. We remove any content that identifies and negatively targets victims of survivors of self-injury and suicide seriously, in humor or otherwise. People can feel free to share information about suicide and self-injury as well as discuss the topics so long as they do not promote or encourage the acts themselves.


Principles and Rational

Rational

We recognize Medal as a social media platform where people may use many different channels such as our application and Discord server to discuss or draw attention to feeling that they or other may have surrounding the topics of suicide and self-injury. We are committed to working with organizations around to world to provide resources for our users to seek help when they may be in need. We remove any content that identifies and negatively targets victims of survivors of self-injury and suicide seriously, in humor or otherwise. People can feel free to share information about suicide and self-injury as well as discuss the topics so long as they do not promote or encourage the acts themselves.


Principles

The goal of our Community Standards is to encourage expression and create a safe environment for our users to share moments, ideas, and conversations with one another. 


Safety

Safety: Safety is an essential factor in community building. At Medal, we are dedicated to removing content that encourages or causes real-world harm, including (but not limited to) physical, emotional, or financial injury as well as privacy violation that could harm a targeted individual(s). 


Voice:

We embrace the different backgrounds and diverse views of our community. We want to provide a platform and opportunity for users to not only share their gaming experience, but build lasting bonds with one another. We err on the side of allowing content, even when some find it objectionable, unless removing that content cant prevent real-world harm to the user. We vow to discuss and consider allowing content that otherwise violates our stands if we deem it to be newsworthy, or important to the public interest based on global and national trends. 


Equity:

We recognize the diverse backgrounds of our community from around the world. It's important for us, at Medal, to keep our policies broad in order to apply them consistently and fairly based on an ever-adapting global culture. Because our community standards must transcend cultural, regional, and linguistic barriers, we recognize the need for a broad but consistent standard. Because of the broadness of our policies, in some cases, and when provided with additional context, we will have to make decisions based on the spirit, as opposed to the letter, of the policy.


Policy

  1. Remove and Provide Resources

    1. Content that promotes, encourages, coordinates or provides instructions for
      1. Suicide
      2. Self-injury
      3. Eating disorders
    2. Content that depicts graphic self-injury imagery, in any suicide or self-injury admission context.
    3. Photos depicting a suicide attempt or death by suicide if an incapacitated body is present in the image.
    4. Images containing focused depiction of ribs, collarbone, thigh gap or scapula or protruding spine in an eating disorder context.
    5. Any content that provides instruction for unhealthy weight loss by means of extreme practices or methods associated with eating disorders.

  2. Provide resources and leave up:

    1. Written or verbal admissions of engagement in self-injury including;
      1. Suicide
      2. Assisted suicide
      3. Self-injury
      4. Eating disorders
    2. Vague, potentially suicidal statements or references including (but not limited to); stock imagery, memes, or imagery referencing depression or sadness in a suicide or self-injury context.

  3. Mark as Risky 

    1. Healed cuts in a recovery or insufficient context.
    2. Images of individuals who are engaged in euthanasia/assisted suicide specifically in a medical settings.

  4. Leave up and do not send resources:

    1. Photos or videos of underweight individuals without clarifying captions or comments.
    2. Weight loss content with no accompanying captions or reference to eating disorders.
    3. Content created as a support resource for self-injury victims.
    4. Content discussing euthanasia or assisted suicide.
    5. Content depicting body modification for aesthetic, religious or cultural purposes.
    6. Content about past self-injury behavior with clear indication of recovery context and no accompanying images of graphic imagery.
    7. Any recovery content that does not include focused depictions of eating disorders. (See ED focused imagery)

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