Nectar Community Guidelines and Terms of Service
1. Community Agreements (Read this!)
By joining Nectar and using the Nectar Social app, you are committing to being a good citizen of a conscious, positive, supportive, love-infused community, and honoring the following agreements:
Showing up in our highest integrity. Nectar is a new paradigm for social media that we are co-creating together for personal growth and collective evolution. Our purpose is to create a more joyous, more connected, and kinder world for ourselves and others. Let’s reflect this in what we share and how we engage by being honest, loving, accountable, respectful, and considerate.
This is an experiment. We are all saying yes to exploring and co-creating the next level of shared digital and real world community experience. Nectar is a young app that is still being developed, with your participation, feedback, and ideas. Like all growth paths, there will be times of challenge, discomfort, and growing pains. As long as we do our best, and show up with love, we’ll create something that beautifully serves our evolution.
Everyone has beautifully unique Nectar. We all have unique gifts to offer the world. Purpose, essence, and original genius that only we can bring. Let’s celebrate everyone’s Nectar, including our own! Let’s use this platform as an opportunity to discover, develop, and offer our unique gifts to the community, and the world. Start your own Nectar Channel and share your thoughts, ideas, passions, writing, videos, audio, work, offerings, and business. Let’s all support, witness, and celebrate each other’s journey of personal evolution.
Being open to new connections. Let’s embrace the opportunity to create positive new connections through friendship, community, activities, arts, mentorship, volunteerism, and supporting social causes, and to receiving the gifts, codes, knowledge that others hold for us.
Learning together. Let’s use Nectar’s posting, tagging and sharing tools to create a Living Library of our knowledge and wisdom! By sharing and engaging with helpful, informative, and educational content, and by providing mentorship to others, we can create a learning culture that helps us all be better humans.
Evolving together. Let’s be committed to our own personal growth, healing, and actualization, as well as evolving and healing our society, civilization, systems, and relationship with the planet. Let’s explore our own potential and gifts, and share our unique Nectar with the world.
Authentic communication. Let’s be impeccable with our communication, beginning with our intentions. Let’s consciously consider what we choose to share and say, and why. Let’s speak honestly, directly, and clearly. Let’s listen to others fully, with the intention of understanding their experience, and receiving their gifts.
Taking individual responsibility for our experience. Let’s own our emotional responses, opinions, and sensitivities. Let’s ask for what we need. Use Nectar’s filter controls to block content, people, or pages you do not wish to see, i.e. nudity or politics. If you’d like to contact Nectar with questions, use the Support Tool under My Tools.
Maintaining Nectar as a safe, trusted space for authentic expression. Let’s honor what others share, listen with compassion, respond with kindness, be supportive, and hold a safe, supportive space for everyone to be heard and witnessed.
Community responsibility. Let’s do our part to keep Nectar positive, safe, and upleveling by constructively reminding each other of these agreements and reporting content that violates these agreements.
Content curation. Let’s help evolve Nectar into a living library of evolutionary content by sharing and tagging valuable knowledge and wisdom so it can be easily found by others.
Creating positive impact. Let’s utilize this conscious platform to create positive social change, social justice, solutions to challenges, and a more peaceful, thriving world.
Be open and show up for conflict resolution. We all agree to authentically communicate and be open to healing and resolving conflicts that arise, as part of our growth process. Nectar will be developing conflict resolution tools to support this.
Practicing consent. Informed consent is a basic human right. That means we provide others with a clear, honest request for consent and respect their decision when their consent is required. Let’s learn and use best consent practices, when communicating, connecting, engaging, sharing, speaking about, and co-creating with others.
Maintaining freedom of sexual expression. While not everyone is ready for or desiring sexually expressive content, in today’s age of internet censorship, we believe healthy, positive, and safe sexual expression, discussion, art, and learning is an essential part of freedom of speech and individual and collective healing. As a default, nude photography, art, and sexually expressive content filters will be turned on in your settings, meaning you won’t see this content unless you choose to turn the filters off and you have verified your identity and age.To keep the platform safe for everyone, and to make sure Nectar complies with and exceeds the requirements of FOSTA - SESTA, if you do wish to share and engage with sexually expressive content, familiarize yourself with our sexual content policies. No illegal content or offers of illegal activity (sex trafficking, prostitution, child pornography, and others as described below) will be tolerated. If you violate these policies, you will be banned forever with zero warnings. It is everyone’s responsibility to report illegal activity for community safety.
Connecting safely. It’s our community commitment to facilitate safe connection. In Nectar’s Connect tool, intimate and somatic connections will not be enabled until you’ve taken an approved course on consent, boundaries, sex laws, and safety.
2. Community Guidelines
How we show up. Per our Community Agreement, the most important community guideline is to be a good citizen of the Nectar community. Be kind, positive, supportive, loving, and respect others! Be curious about the gifts others have to offer. Honor what they share, and their experience. Have fun!
Member responsibility and reporting violations. We look to all members to play a role in co-creating a community that honors our Community Agreements, and to let the Nectar team know when they see something that may violate our Community Agreements or Guidelines. We make it easy for people to report potentially violating content, including pages, profiles, posts, and/or comments to us for review. We also give people the option to block or hide people or posts so that they can keep their pages the way they want to.
Violation actions. If a member violates our Community Guidelines, depending on the severity of the violation and a person's history on the platform, we may take a range of action from providing a warning to disabling their profile and banning them forever. If we warn someone for a first violation, but they continue to violate our guidelines, we may restrict their ability to post on Nectar, or disable their profile. We also may notify law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or a direct threat to public safety.
3. Affiliate Program.
The Nectar Pollinator Affiliate Program will award you affiliate commissions based on the membership subscription payments of any Active Member that joins Nectar using the code or coded link associated with your account.
In order to qualify as an Active Member, a person must maintain an active paid membership and abide by all relevant policies.
Members can sign up for the Pollinator Program through the “Invite Friends” link in the Nectar menu, and further details and terms are provided during your Affiliate sign up process.
Nectar reserve the right to update these requirements or terms at any time.
4. Community Policies
Now that we’ve agreed what Nectar is, and what it can be, we need to review what is and what is not allowed on Nectar. Some of these terms are adapted from more established social platforms who have invested significant amounts of time and legal expense over many years to clarify these terms. As Nectar evolves, we will also evolve these terms.
Apple app store content policies. The Nectar Platform is currently available in the Apple and Google Play app stores, and will eventually be available as a web portal. For any content shared or accessed through an Apple iOS device, Apple’s content policies apply. Apple wants to create a safe environment for downloading and using its apps, and prohibits content that is “upsetting, offensive, insensitive, intended to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste”, including “overtly sexual or pornographic”, defined by Webster’s Dictionary as "explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings."
At Nectar, we generally agree with this intention, while maintaining our liberal approach with regard to freedom of creative, artistic, and sexual expression, so long as members are able to apply filter settings to filter out what they don’t want to see, and the entirety of the community feels safe at all times.
We may apply more liberal content guidelines for the Nectar web platform only, once it’s available. In other words, there may be content you’ll be allowed to share on the Nectar web platform that you won’t be allowed to share or view in the Apple app, including some forms of sex positive content.
Sexual Content Policies
Nectar’s position on sexuality. As stated in our Community Agreements, while not everyone is ready for or desiring sexually expressive content, in today’s age of internet censorship and the generally unhealthy mainstream shadow culture around sexuality, nudity, and the human body, including shame, the dark side of pornography, the degradation and abuse of women and the feminine, and the lack of conscious and empowered education and conversation around sexuality, we believe healthy, positive, and safe sexual expression, discussion, art, education, and learning is an essential part of freedom of speech, liberty, and individual and collective healing and evolution. We also believe that sensible, humane sex laws are an an important part of collective evolution. These laws should protect all people from harm, while empowering consenting adults and our society with the freedom, education, and resources to live fully joyous lives, including the opportunity for sexual healing and the enjoyment of healthy sexuality.
While we honor the advocacy for the evolution of our legal system with regard to sexuality, it’s our collective responsibility to keep the Nectar platform safe for everyone, to prevent harm, and to make sure Nectar complies with and exceeds the requirements of all relevant policies and laws, including illegal prostitution, sex trafficking, child pornography, Apple’s app store content guidelines, and others as listed below. Therefore, any violations of the following policies will result in action by Nectar, up to and including disabling accounts, banning members forever, and notifying law enforcement.
Quick summary of our Sexual Content Policies.
What we don’t allow.
No advertising, soliciting, offering, or engaging in illegal prostitution.
No sex trafficking.
No child pornography.
No sex acts depicting abuse, harm, rape, or injury of any person or animal.
No overtly sexual or pornographic material (shared or viewed in the Apple iOS app). As stated in the Apple policies above, Apple prohibits “explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings."
Overtly sexual or pornographic definition. More explicit visual depictions of sexuality, including any kind of contact with a person's nude genitals, anus, breasts, or nipples, nude erections, sex acts, presence of sexual bodily fluids, explicit depictions of fetish or sexual kink, or other content that could be reasonably determined to be sexually explicit.
What we do allow.
Nectar does support and allow conscious, considerate, healthy, positive, constructive, and artistic sexual expression and content, including sexual or erotic images, writing, erotica, and art, that meets all our guidelines and is tagged appropriately so that the relevant filters can work for people who do not wish to see it. You are required to add the following tags, as appropriate, to any sexual content you share on Nectar:
#nudity If you share an image, drawing, or art containing human breast, nipple, genitals, or buttocks
#sexuality If you share an image or content that contains sexuality (further definition below)
#explicit If you share explicit written sexual content that might offend some people
Sexuality definition. Any content that contains imagery, descriptions, or suggestions of sexual desire, sexual or erotic behavior, lust, graphic open mouth kissing, implied (not explicit or nude) stimulation of genitalia, anus, breasts, or nipples, implied sexual intercourse, self pleasuring, use of sex toys, even if above or under clothing, blatantly sexual fetish content, fetish or sexual kink, or depictions of sexual arousal.
Erotic writing policies. Generally, we’ll allow sexual or erotic writing so long as it is tagged with #sexuality, and, if appropriate, #explicit for any content that might shock or offend some people, including the overtly sexual or pornographic definition above.
How Nectar is supporting positive sexuality culture while taking steps to comply with sex laws.
Tags and Filters. As a default, filters for the above sexual tags will be turned on in your settings, meaning you won’t see this content on Nectar. You can manually choose to turn these off, so long as you have verified your age and identity. This is to ensure that no underage or sex trafficked individuals are involved in sexual content.
Reporting violating content. If you see any content, whether written, verbal, image, video, post, chat, or otherwise, that seems to violate our terms around prostitution, sex trafficking, child pornography, or the other terms herein, it’s your responsibility to report it right away.
Complying with prostitution, sex trafficking, and FOSTA-SESTA laws. It’s important to understand these laws, and specifically how FOSTA-SESTA has changed the internet landscape, including decisions by major internet platforms to increase censorship of sexual and other content, and how the Nectar Community must carefully conduct itself in order to comply with it and keep the platform, members, founders, and team free from prosecution.
Sex laws. If you think this applies to you, or you’re curious, then read this section!
FOSTA-SESTA summary. FOSTA-SESTA and the amendment of Section 230 makes providers of interactive computer services (including Nectar, it’s founders, and team) responsible if it in any way facilitates sex trafficking. This is what prompted Craigslist to remove its Personal Section, and Tumblr to drastically increase censorship of sexual content.
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) became law on April 11, 2018. They clarify the United States’ sex trafficking law to make it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking, and amend the Section 230 safe harbors of the Communications Decency Act (which make online services immune from civil liability for the actions of their users) to exclude enforcement of federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity. For clarity, congress.gov summarizes the law as follows:
(Sec. 2) This bill expresses the sense of Congress that section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 was not intended to provide legal protection to websites that unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims. Section 230 limits the legal liability of interactive computer service providers or users for content they publish that was created by others.
(Sec. 3) The bill amends the federal criminal code to add a new section that imposes penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to 10 years, or both—on a person who, using a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, owns, manages, or operates an interactive computer service (or attempts or conspires to do so) to promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person.
Additionally, it establishes enhanced penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to 25 years, or both—for a person who commits the offense in one of the following aggravating circumstances: (1) promotes or facilitates the prostitution of five or more persons, or (2) acts with reckless disregard that such conduct contributes to sex trafficking.
A person injured by an aggravated offense may recover damages and attorneys' fees in a federal civil action.
A court must order mandatory restitution, in addition to other criminal or civil penalties, for an aggravated offense in which a person acts with reckless disregard that such conduct contributes to sex trafficking.
A defendant may assert, as an affirmative defense, that the promotion or facilitation of prostitution is legal in the jurisdiction where it was targeted.
(Sec. 4) The bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to declare that section 230 does not limit: (1) a federal civil claim for conduct that constitutes sex trafficking, (2) a federal criminal charge for conduct that constitutes sex trafficking, or (3) a state criminal charge for conduct that promotes or facilitates prostitution in violation of this bill
The amendments apply regardless of whether alleged conduct occurs before, on, or after this bill's enactment.
(Sec. 5) The bill amends the federal criminal code to define a phrase related to the prohibition on sex trafficking. Currently, it a crime to knowingly benefit from participation in a venture that engages in sex trafficking. This bill defines "participation in a venture" to mean knowingly assisting, supporting, or facilitating a sex trafficking violation.
(Sec. 6) A state may file a federal civil action to enforce federal sex trafficking violations.
(Sec. 7) This section states that this bill does not limit federal or state civil actions or criminal prosecutions that are not preempted by section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934.
(Sec. 8) The Government Accountability Office must report to Congress on information related to damages and mandatory restitution for aggravated offenses under this bill.
Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age (22 USC § 7102).
A commercial sex act means any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person (22 U.S.C. 7102 (4)). We defer to prostitution laws below to define sex acts.
Prostitution definition and global perspectives (We quote here from from wikipedia, for it’s balanced and informative perspective). Prostitution law varies widely from country to country, and between jurisdictions within a country. At one extreme, prostitution or sex work is legal in some places and regarded as a profession, while at the other extreme, it is a crime punishable by death in some other places.
In many jurisdictions, prostitution – the commercial exchange of sex for money, goods, service, or some other benefit agreed upon by the transacting parties – is illegal, while in others it is legal, but surrounding activities, such as soliciting in a public place, operating a brothel, and pimping, may be illegal. In many jurisdictions where prostitution is legal, it is regulated; in others it is unregulated. Where exchange of sex for money is criminalized, it may be the sex worker (most commonly), the client, or both, who are subject to prosecution.
Prostitution has been condemned as a single form of human rights abuse, and an attack on the dignity and worth of human beings, while other schools of thought state that sex work is a legitimate occupation; whereby a person trades or exchanges sexual acts for money and/or goods. Some believe that women in developing countries are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation and human trafficking, while others distinguish this practice from the global sex industry, in which "sex work is done by consenting adults, where the act of selling or buying sexual services is not a violation of human rights."
Prostitution Law. As stated above, the laws vary by jurisdiction. By way of example, here is the prostitution law in Colorado, USA where Nectar, LLC is incorporated:
(1) Any person who performs or offers or agrees to perform any act of sexual intercourse, fellatio, cunnilingus, masturbation, or anal intercourse with any person not his spouse in exchange for money or other thing of value commits prostitution.
(2) (a) “Fellatio”, as used in this section, means any act of oral stimulation of the penis.
(b) “Cunnilingus”, as used in this section, means any act of oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris.
(c) “Masturbation”, as used in this section, means stimulation of the genital organs by manual or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse.
(d) “Anal intercourse”, as used in this section, means contact between human beings of the genital organs of one and the anus of another.
Child Nudity and Sexual Exploitation of Children. We do not allow content that sexually exploits or endangers children. When we become aware of apparent child exploitation, we report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), in compliance with applicable law. We know that sometimes people share nude images of their own children with good intentions; however, we may remove these images because of the potential for abuse by others and to help avoid the possibility of other people reusing or misappropriating the images.
We also work with external experts, to discuss and improve our policies and enforcement around online safety issues, especially with regard to children.
Do not post:
Content that depicts participation in or advocates for the sexual exploitation of children, including (but not limited to);
engaging in any sexual activity involving minors; soliciting, displaying, sharing, or viewing imagery of nude, sexualized, or sexual activity with minors; arranging real-world sexual encounters or obtaining sexual material from a minor directly; adults soliciting minors; minors soliciting minors; displaying nudity to minors; minors soliciting adults;
using our products and site functionality with the intention of sexualizing minors; content (including photos, videos, real-world art, digital content, and text) that depicts; any sexual activity involving minors; minors in a sexual fetish context; minors with sexual elements, including (but not limited to): restraints; focus on genitals; presence of aroused adult; presence of sex toys; sexualized costume; stripping; staged environment (for example, on a bed) or professionally shot (quality/focus/angles); open-mouth kissing with minor or adult; content (including photos, videos, real-world art, digital content, and verbal depictions) that shows minors in a sexualized context; content that depicts child nudity where nudity is defined as; visible genitalia (even when covered or obscured by transparent clothing); uncovered female nipples for children older than toddler-age; no clothes present from neck to knee for children older than toddler-age; digitally-created depictions of nude minors, unless the image is for health or educational purposes.
Sexual Exploitation of Adults. We recognize the importance of Nectar as a place to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We believe this is an important part of building common understanding and community. In an effort to create space for this conversation while promoting a safe environment, we remove content that depicts, threatens or promotes sexual violence, sexual assault, or sexual exploitation, while also allowing space for victims to share their experiences. We remove content that displays, advocates for, or coordinates sexual acts with non-consenting parties or commercial sexual services, such as prostitution and escort services. We do this to avoid facilitating transactions that may involve trafficking, coercion, and non-consensual sexual acts.
To protect victims and survivors, we also remove images that depict incidents of sexual violence and intimate images shared without permission from the people pictured.
Do not post:
In instances where content consists of any form of non-consensual sexual touching, crushing, necrophilia or bestiality, including: depictions (including real photos/videos), or advocacy (including aspirational and conditional statements), or statements of intent, or calls for action, or participation by yourself or others to engage in any form of the above mentioned sexual acts.
Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following: Coercing money, favors, or images from people by threats of exposure of their naked or semi-naked photos/videos.
Sharing imagery that fulfills all three of the following conditions: Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting; person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose; lack of consent to share the image is indicated by; vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title); Independent sources (for example, media coverage or law enforcement record); a visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us; the person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image; sharing imagery of people or a person focusing on sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks (also known as creepshots or upskirts) or focusing on people engaged in sexual activity. The following elements need to be present: the focal point is on a sexualized area of the body or sexual activity, and the person in the image is clearly unaware.
Threatening or stating an intent to share intimate imagery without consent; soliciting intimate imagery to view or share without consent; threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations; attempting to coordinate adult commercial sexual services or prostitution activities, such as requesting or offering or asking for rates for escort services and paid sexual fetish or domination services; for the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing: narratives and statements that contain a depiction of non-consensual sexual touching (written or verbal) that includes details beyond mere naming or mentioning the act if:
shared by the victim, or shared by a third party (other than the victim) in support of victim or condemnation of act or for general awareness to be determined by context/caption
Bullying, Violence, Hate, and Other Policies
Bullying happens in many places and comes in many different forms from making statements degrading someone's character to posting inappropriate images to threatening someone. We do not tolerate bullying on Nectar because we want the members of our community to feel safe and respected.
We will remove content that purposefully targets private individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them. We recognize that bullying can be especially harmful to minors, and our policies provide heightened protection for minors because they are more vulnerable and susceptible to online bullying. In certain instances, we require the individual who is the target of bullying to report content to us before removing it.
Our bullying policies do not apply to public figures because we want to allow discourse, which often includes critical discussion of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. Discussion of public figures nonetheless must comply with our Community Guidelines, and we will remove content about public figures that violates other policies, including hate speech or credible threats.
Harassment and Bullying. We do not tolerate harassment or bullying on Nectar. Context and intent matter, and we allow people to share and re-share posts if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to harassment. It’s our responsibility to report violating contact right away.
Do not threaten, intimidate, humiliate, demean, make fun of, verbally assault, or otherwise harass or bully anyone on Nectar, whether directly or indirectly.
Do not: repeatedly contact a single person despite that person's clear desire and action to prevent that contact; send messages to any individual that contain; targeted cursing aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread; calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread; target a minor who is a public figure with: claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted disease(s); content has been photoshopped to include threats of violence either in text or image (for example, adding bullseye, dart, gun to head); calls for death or serious disease or disability; statements of intent to commit violence or low severity harm in an attempt to silence someone.
Objects created to attack through: targeted cursing; high-severity physical description; claims about blasphemy; expressions of contempt; expressions of disgust; post content about anyone, including a public figure, that contains a name, photo, or video of the individual and: any statements of intent to commit lethal violence, or any calls for action of lethal violence, or any statements advocating lethal violence.
Do not post:
Comparison to animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object; content that has been photoshopped to target and demean an individual, including by highlighting specific physical characteristics or threatening violence in text or with imagery; content that specifies an individual as the target of:
statements of intent to commit violence; calls for action of violence; statements advocating violence; aspirational and conditional statements of violence; physical bullying; claims about religious identity or blasphemy
In addition, we may remove Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example; cursing at an individual or individuals; making negative character claims; making negative ability claims; claims about blasphemy; appearing to be first person but is actually posted by a different individual than the person referenced and targets more than one individual.
We remove content that is targeted at minors when it contains: cursing; claims about romantic involvement or sexual orientation; allegations about criminal or illegal behavior; coordinating, advocating, or promoting exclusion; negative character claims; negative ability claims; expressions of contempt or disgust; calls for death or serious disease or disability; videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with no caption or a neutral or praising caption.
In some cases, content is written in the first person but is actually posted by a different individual than the person referenced in the content. This may be done to target the person in the content with the intention of degrading or shaming them.
Content that contains the following and is reported by the individual depicted: claims about sexual activity; comparisons to animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object; high-severity physical descriptions; ranking individuals on physical appearance or personality; cursing at a person; claims about romantic involvement or sexual orientation; negative character or ability claims; for the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing: videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption; claims that a victim of a violent tragedy is lying about being a victim, acting/pretending to be a victim of a verified event, or otherwise is paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event when sent directly to a survivor and/or immediate family member of a survivor or victim; target anyone maliciously, including public figures, by attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault or sexual exploitation
Threatening any participant in public discourse with violence in an attempt to intimidate or silence them; calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people; attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut); target victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are; lying about being a victim of an event; acting/pretending to be a victim of an event; otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event.
Content about another private individual that reflects; claims about sexual activity; high-severity physical descriptions; Ranking individuals on physical appearance or personality; threats of non-consensual sexual touching; sexualized text targeting another individual; attacks through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut); an individual in a context that is intended to degrade, for example, menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating.
Violence and Criminal Behavior. Nectar aims to prevent potential real-world harm that may be related to content on Nectar. Whether in jest, venting anger, or deliberate, we won’t tolerate violent expression, intimidation, threats, aggressive speech, or calling for violence in any way. This is not the energy we want in Nectar. So, take a deep breath before replying to any post in anger. If a member reports language that appears to violate these terms, we will evaluate it to determine to what degree a violation has occurred and whether there’s a credible threat to personal or public safety. We may take action, including warning users, removing content, disabling accounts, and working with law enforcement when we believe there is a risk of physical harm or threats to public safety.
Dangerous Individuals and Organizations. In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that are engaged in the following to have a presence on Nectar: Terrorist activity, Organized hate, Mass or serial murder, Human trafficking, Organized violence or criminal activity. We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders, or individuals involved in these activities.
We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence (for example, have an account, Page, Group) on our platform:
Terrorist organizations and terrorists. A terrorist organization is defined as:
Any non-governmental organization that engages in premeditated acts of violence against persons or property to intimidate a civilian population, government, or international organization in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim; A member of a terrorist organization or any person who commits a terrorist act is considered a terrorist; A terrorist act is defined as a premeditated act of violence against persons or property carried out by a non-government actor to intimidate a civilian population, government, or international organization in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.
Hate organizations and their leaders and prominent members. A hate organization is defined as: Any association of that is organized under a name, sign, or symbol and that has an ideology, statements, or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.
Mass and serial murderers. Homicide is considered to be a mass murder if it is deliberate and results in four or more deaths in one incident. We consider any individual who has committed two or more deliberate murders over multiple incidents or locations a serial murderer. We make these assessments based upon the information available to us and will generally apply this policy to a mass or serial murderer who meets any of the following criteria: They were convicted of mass or serial murder. They were killed by law enforcement during commission of the mass or serial murder or during subsequent flight. They killed themselves at the scene or in the aftermath of the mass or serial murder. They were identified by law enforcement with images from the crime.
Human trafficking groups and their leaders. Human trafficking groups are organizations responsible for any of the following: Prostitution of others, forced/bonded labor, slavery, or the removal of organs; Recruiting, transporting, transferring, detaining, providing, harboring, or receiving a minor, or an adult against their will.
Criminal organizations and their leaders and prominent members. A criminal organization is defined as:
Any association of people that is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including (but not limited to): homicide; drug trafficking; arms trafficking; identity theft; money laundering; extortion or trafficking; assault; kidnapping; sexual exploitation as referenced further herein.
We do not allow symbols that represent any of the above organizations or individuals to be shared on our platform without context that condemns or neutrally discusses the content. We do not allow content that praises any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them. We do not allow coordination of support for any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them
Promoting or Publicizing Crime. We prohibit people from promoting or publicizing violent crime, theft, and/or fraud because we do not want to condone this activity and because there is a risk of copycat behavior. We also do not allow people to depict criminal activity or admit to crimes they or their associates have committed. We do, however, allow people to debate or advocate for the legality of criminal activities, as well as address them in a rhetorical or satirical way. Do not post content depicting, admitting, or promoting the following criminal acts committed by you or your associates: Acts of physical harm committed against people; Acts of physical harm committed against animals; Poaching or selling endangered species or their parts; Staged animal vs. animal fights; theft; vandalism or property damage; fraud; trafficking as referenced further herein; sexual violence or sexual exploitation, including sexual assault, as referenced further herein
Coordinating Harm. In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we prohibit people from facilitating or coordinating future criminal activity that is intended or likely to cause harm to people, businesses, or animals. People can draw attention to harmful activity that they may witness or experience as long as they do not advocate for or coordinate harm. Do not post statements of intent, calls to action, or advocating for the following:
Acts of physical harm committed against people; Acts of physical harm committed against animals; staged animal vs. animal fights; theft; vandalism/property damage; swatting; fraud, defined as the deliberate deception to take advantage of another, secure an unfair gain, or deprive another of money, property, or legal right. Examples of fraud include, but are not limited to: bribery, embezzlement, money Laundering (concealment of the origins of criminally obtained money); supporting and/or facilitating the misuse of payment cards; voter fraud, defined as any offers to buy or sell votes with cash or gifts; voter suppression, defined as: misrepresentation of the dates, locations, and times, and methods for voting or voter registration, Misrepresentation of who can vote, qualifications for voting, whether a vote will be counted, and what information and/or materials must be provided in order to vote. Other misrepresentations related to voting in an official election may be subject to false news standards, as referenced in section 19; arranged marriages with refugees or internally displaced persons, trafficking as referenced further herein;
sexual violence or sexual exploitation, including sexual assault, as referenced further herein; offers of services to smuggle or assist in smuggling people.
Regulated Goods. To encourage safety and compliance with common legal restrictions, we prohibit attempts by individuals, manufacturers, and retailers to purchase, sell, or trade illegal or regulated goods. We also prohibit the purchase, sale, gifting, exchange, and transfer of firearms, including firearm parts or ammunition, between private individuals on Nectar. Some of these items are not regulated everywhere; however, because of the borderless nature of our community, we try to enforce our policies as consistently as possible. We do not allow discussions about sales of firearms and firearm parts in stores or by online retailers. We do allow constructive conversation about firearm regulations. Regulated goods that are not prohibited by our Community Guidelines may be subject to our more stringent Commerce Policies. Do not post content about illegal drugs that coordinates or encourages others to sell non-medical drugs, depicts, admits to, attempts purchase, or promotes sales of illegal drugs by the poster of the content or their associates; Promotes, encourages, coordinates, or provides instructions for use of illegal drugs; Admits, either in writing or verbally, to personal use of illegal drugs unless posted in a recovery context; Content that depicts the sale or attempt to purchase illegal drugs. This includes content that mentions or depicts illegal drugs,
Makes an attempt to sell or trade, by which we mean any of the following: Explicitly mentioning the product is for sale or trade or delivery; Asking the audience to buy; Listing the price; Encouraging contact about the product either by explicitly asking to be contacted or including any type of contact information; Attempting to solicit the product, defined as:; Stating interest in buying the product, or; Asking if anyone has the product for sale/trade; This applies to both individual pieces of content and Pages and Groups primarily dedicated to the sale of marijuana or pharmaceutical drugs; Content that attempts to sell, gift, exchange, or transfer firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, or explosives between private individuals. This includes content that Mentions or depicts firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, or explosives and a product unrelated to firearms, and:
Makes an attempt to sell or transfer including any of the following, unless posted by an entity representing a brick-and-mortar store, legitimate website, or brand:explicitly mentioning the product is for sale or trade or delivery; asking the audience to buy; listing the price or noting that the product is free; encouraging contact about the product either by; explicitly asking to be contacted; including any type of contact information; making an attempt to solicit the item for sale, defined as: stating that they are interested in buying the good, or asking if anyone else has the good for sale/trade.
Content that attempts to sell, gift, exchange, transfer, promote or otherwise provide access to instructions for 3D printing or computer-aided manufacturing of firearms or firearm parts.
Content that depicts the trade (buying or selling) of human organs and/or blood where trade is defined as:
Mentioning or depicting the human organs and/or blood, and indicating that human organs and/or blood are available for selling or buying, or listing a price or expressing willingness to discuss price; content that encourages contact to facilitate the trade of human organs and/or blood; content that coordinates or supports the poaching or selling of endangered species and their parts; for the following content, we restrict visibility to adults twenty-one years of age and older; content posted by a brick-and-mortar store, legitimate website, or brand, which coordinates or promotes the sale or transfer of firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, or explosives.
This includes content that: explicitly mentions the product is for sale or transfer and asks the audience to buy the product, or lists the price or notes that the product is free, or encourages contact about the product either by explicitly asking to be contacted or including any type of contact information
Suicide and Self-Injury. In an effort to promote a safe environment on Nectar, we remove content that encourages suicide or self-injury, including real-time depictions that might lead others to engage in similar behavior. Self-injury is defined as the intentional and direct injuring of the body, including self-mutilation and eating disorders. We want Nectar to be a space where people can share their experiences, raise awareness about these issues, and support each other through difficult experiences, and so we allow people to discuss suicide and self-injury. We encourage people to offer and to seek support from one another in connection with these difficult topics.
We work with organizations around the world to provide assistance to people in distress. We also talk with experts in suicide and self-injury to help inform our policies and enforcement. For example, we have been advised by experts that we should not remove live videos of self-harm while there is an opportunity for loved ones and authorities to provide help or resources.
We remove any content that identifies and negatively targets victims or survivors of self-injury or suicide seriously, humorously, or rhetorically. People can, however, share information about self-injury and suicide to draw attention to the issue and allow for discussion so long as they do not promote or encourage self-injury or suicide.
Learn more about our suicide and self-injury policies and the resources that we provide.
Do not post:
Content that promotes, encourages, coordinates, or provides instructions for: suicide; self-injury; eating disorders; content about self-injury that contains promotional slogans without clear, anti- self-injury disclaimers; except in limited situations of newsworthiness, it is against our policies to post content depicting a person who engaged in a suicide attempt or death by suicide.
For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing: photos or videos depicting a person's death by suicide that are determined to be newsworthy; hotos or videos depicting a person who engaged in euthanasia/assisted suicide in a medical setting
We provide resources to people who post written or verbal admissions of engagement in self injury, including:
Suicide; euthanasia/assisted suicide; self mutilation; eating disorders: images or videos where more than one cut of self mutilation is present on a body part and the primary subject of the image is one or more unhealed cuts.
Privacy Violations and Image Privacy Rights. Privacy and the protection of personal information are fundamentally important values for Nectar. We work hard to keep your account secure and safeguard your personal information in order to protect you from potential physical or financial harm. You should not post personal or confidential information about others without first getting their consent. We also provide people ways to report imagery that they believe to be in violation of their privacy rights.
Do not post: content that facilitates identity theft by posting or soliciting personally identifiable information, including (but not limited to); national identification numbers, Social Security numbers, passport numbers, or exam numbers; Government IDs; school and education IDs featuring two of the following: (1) name, (2) photo, or (3) ID number; digital identities, including passwords; content that contains medical/psychological, biometric, or genetic records or official documentation of others; content that facilitates identity theft by sharing personally identifiable information via an external link; content that facilitates identity theft by sharing private financial information of an organization or business; content that facilitates identity theft by disclosing the following personal financial information (of either the self or others); bank account and/or card information; financial records paired with account information; content that facilitates identity theft by sharing the private contact information of others defined as; private phone numbers or addresses; email, chat identities.
The above information may be shared to promote charitable causes, non-violating services, or to facilitate finding missing people or animals, except in limited cases of newsworthiness, content claimed or confirmed to come from a hacked source, regardless of whether the affected person is a public figure or a private individual.
Content that identifies individuals by name and depicts their personal information, including: driver’s licenses, Government IDs other than driver’s licenses, Green Cards, or immigration papers; marriage, birth, and name change certificates; digital identities, including passwords; license plates; content that includes photographs that display the external view of private residences if the following conditions apply: the residence is a single-family home, or the resident’s unit number is identified in the image/caption; the city or neighborhood is identified; a resident is mentioned or depicted; that same resident objects to the exposure of their private residence; content that exposes the undercover status of law enforcement personnel if; the content contains the agent’s full name or other explicit identification and explicitly mentions their undercover status, or; the content contains images identifying the faces of the law enforcement personnel and explicitly mentions their undercover status; content that exposes information about safe houses by sharing any of the below, unless the safe house is actively promoting its location, contact information, or the type of service and protection it offers through comments, posts, Pages or Groups: actual address of the safe house (post box only is allowed), images of the safe house, identifiable city/neighborhood of the safe house, or information outing residents of the safe house.
The following content also may be removed:
A reported photo or video of people where the person depicted in the image is: a minor under thirteen years old, and the content was reported by the minor or a parent or legal guardian, a minor between thirteen and eighteen years old, and the content was reported by the minor, an adult, where the content was reported by the adult from outside the United States and applicable law may provide rights to removal; any person who is incapacitated and unable to report the content on their own; objectionable content.
Hate Speech. We do not allow hate speech on Nectar because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.
We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.
Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. Similarly, in some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. When this is the case, we allow the content, but we expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.
We allow humor and social commentary related to these topics. In addition, we believe that people are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary using their authentic identity.
Do not post:
Tier 1 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses), where attack is defined as; any violent speech or support in written or visual form; dehumanizing speech such as reference or comparison to: insects; animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior filth, bacteria, disease and feces; sexual predator; subhumanity; violent and sexual criminals; other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”); mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image; designated dehumanizing comparisons in both written and visual form.
Tier 2 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as; statements of inferiority or an image implying a person's or a group's physical, mental, or moral deficiency; physical (including but not limited to “deformed,” “undeveloped,” “hideous,” “ugly”); mental (including but not limited to “retarded,” “cretin,” “low IQ,” “stupid,” “idiot”); moral (including but not limited to “slutty,” “fraud,” “cheap,” “free riders”); expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to); "I hate"; "I don't like"; "X are the worst"; expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to); "Gross"; "Vile"; "Disgusting"; cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics.
Tier 3 attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics. We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.
Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.
Violence and Graphic Content. We remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others because it may create an environment that discourages participation. We allow graphic content (with some limitations) to help people raise awareness about issues. We know that people value the ability to discuss important issues like human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. We also know that people have different sensitivities with regard to graphic and violent content.
Do not post:
Imagery of violence committed against real people or animals with comments or captions by the poster that contain: enjoyment of suffering; enjoyment of humiliation; erotic response to suffering; remarks that speak positively of the violence; or remarks indicating the poster is sharing footage for sensational viewing pleasure; videos of dying, wounded, or dead people if they contain; dismemberment unless in a medical setting; visible internal organs; charred or burning people unless in the context of cremation or self-immolation when that action is a form of political speech or newsworthy; victims of cannibalism; videos that show child abuse, defined as; repeated kicking, beating, slapping, or stepping on by an adult or animal: strangling or suffocating by an adult or animal; drowning by an adult or animal; biting through skin by an adult or animal; poisoning by an adult; forcible restraint by an adult; inflicting of burn or cut wounds by an adult; forcible smoking; tossing, rotating, or shaking of an infant (too young to stand) by their wrists/ankles, arms/legs, or neck; for the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing. We also limit the ability to view the content to adults, ages eighteen and older:
Imagery featuring mutilated people if it contains the following in a medical setting; dismemberment; visible internal organs: Charred or burning people, including cremation or self-immolation when that action is a form of political speech or newsworthy; throat-slitting; imagery of animal fights when visible innards or dismemberment is visible, unless in the wild; animals being killed in a hunting, manufacturing, or food preparation/processing context
videos or photos that show child abuse, defined above, when accompanied by captions or context condemning or raising awareness about the abuse; videos that show the violent death of a person or people by accident or murder; still images depicting the violent death of a person or people; videos that show acts of torture committed against a person or people; videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption; photos and videos of non-medical foreign objects (such as metal objects, knifes, nails) involuntarily inserted or stuck inside people or animals causing grievous injury.
For the following content, we include a label so that people are aware the content may be sensitive:
Imagery of fetuses that show: Dismemberment; an abortion or abandonment context; imagery of newborn babies in an abandonment context; photos and videos of animals in a ritual slaughter context showing dismemberment, or visible innards, or charring and burning; imagery of visible innards in a birthing context.
Cruel and Insensitive. We believe that people share and connect more freely when they do not feel targeted based on their vulnerabilities. As such, we have higher expectations for content that we call cruel and insensitive, which we define as content that targets victims of serious physical or emotional harm.
Do not post: content that depicts real people and mocks their implied or actual serious physical injuries, disease, or disability, non-consensual sexual touching, or premature death; integrity and authenticity.
Spam, IP, False News
Spam. We work hard to limit the spread of commercial spam to prevent false advertising, fraud, and security breaches, all of which detract from people's ability to share and connect. We do not allow people to use misleading or inaccurate information to collect likes, followers, or shares.
Do not: repeatedly contact large numbers of people with no prior solicitation; create or use fake accounts or compromise other people’s accounts to: impersonate or pretend to be a business, organization, public figure, or private individual; attempt to create connections, create content, or message people; restrict access to content by requiring people to like, share, or recommend before viewing; encourage likes, shares, or clicks under false pretenses; maliciously use login credentials or personally identifiable information by: attempting to gather or share login credentials or personally identifiable information; using another person’s login credentials or personally identifiable information; promise non-existent Nectar features
Misrepresentation. Authenticity is the cornerstone of our community. We believe that people are more accountable for their statements and actions when they use their authentic identities. That's why at some point we may require people to connect on Nectar using the name they go by in everyday life. Our authenticity policies are intended to create a safe environment where people can trust and hold one another accountable.
False News. Reducing the spread of false news on Nectar is a responsibility that we take seriously. We also recognize that this is a challenging and sensitive issue. We want to help people stay informed without stifling productive public discourse. There is also a fine line between false news and satire or opinion. For these reasons, we don't remove false news from Nectar but instead, significantly reduce its distribution by showing it lower in the News Feed.
We are working to build a more informed community and reduce the spread of false news in a number of different ways, namely by using various signals, including feedback from our community, to inform a machine learning model that predicts which stories may be false; empowering people to decide for themselves what to read, trust, and share by informing them with more context and promoting news literacy.
Respecting Intellectual Property. Nectar takes intellectual property rights seriously and believes they are important to promoting expression, creativity, and innovation in our community. You own all of the content and information you post on Nectar, and you control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. However, before sharing content on Nectar, please be sure you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect other people’s copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights. We are committed to helping people and organizations promote and protect their intellectual property rights. Nectar’s Terms of Service do not allow people to post content that violates someone else’s intellectual property rights, including copyright and trademark.
Upon receipt of a report from a rights holder or an authorized representative, we will remove or restrict content that engages in: Copyright infringement and Trademark infringement
User Requests. We comply with: user requests for removal of their own account; requests for removal of a deceased user’s account from a verified immediate family member or executor; requests for removal of an incapacitated user’s account from an authorized representative.
Additional Protection of Minors. Requests for removal of an underage account Government requests for removal of child abuse imagery depicting, for example, beating by an adult or strangling or suffocating by an adult legal guardian requests for removal of attacks on unintentionally famous minors.
Membership, cancellation, and refunds. Your free trial months and paid Nectar membership will begin February 1, 2019. Until then your use is complementary. You may view your account settings in the app.
You may cancel your Nectar membership at any time in your account settings. Nectar will not bill your credit card again. If you have an annual membership, you will receive a prorated refund for unused months, but not the remainder of the current month of membership. If you have an affiliate balance, you may withdraw the balance before quitting, providing it meets the minimum withdrawal requirements.
If your account is canceled for violations of terms, you will forfeit the remainder of your membership and you will not receive a refund. Depending on the severity of your violation, and at nectar’s discretion, you may also forfeit your affiliate balance.
Privacy and Data Use. These terms do not address data use and privacy, which are covered in our Privacy Terms.
Terms Updates. Nectar may update these terms at any time, and continued use of the platform will require your agreement to the updated terms.