Non-Censorship Policy

Policy

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The national Flux party, “VOTEFLUX.ORG | Upgrade Democracy!” and subsidiary State Parties respect the rights of its members as autonomous citizens, to engage in public debate in the absence of censorship. It is not our policy to censor comments, criticisms or debate; as supported in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and freedom of political speech as recognised in Nationwide News Pty Ltd v Wills (1992) 177 CLR 1, the High Court of Australia, except where prohibited under Australian Law. 1.1

This policy does not extend to trolling behaviors, which will result in being banned, blocked, or removed after two warnings. If the trolling behavior appears in a public forum, one warning must be made in public forum, the second warning may be public, private or both.
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Dispute resolution regarding breaches to our Non-Censorship Policy must be made with respect to the appropriate Flux Constitution.

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Flux, “VOTEFLUX.ORG | Upgrade Democracy!”, and its affiliated parties take no responsibility for the comments of individual persons, except where necessitated under Australian Law.

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Flux, “VOTEFLUX.ORG | Upgrade Democracy!”, its affiliated parties, and authorised agents reserve the right to remove any comments deemed to be “trolling” comments, or those prohibited under Australian Law.

Purpose The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all stakeholders understand their rights and obligations when engaging in public forum hosted by, or in association with the national Flux party and it’s subsidiary party affiliates. We encourage mutually respectful exchanges, tolerance, and encourage the use of deliberative discussion and conscious communication methodologies. It is important that all individual persons, members and citizens using social media (such as on-line forums, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) understand that there are inherent risks, such as personal defamation, and each individual takes responsibility for managing the risks.

Scope This policy applies to all stakeholders including Flux members, candidates, volunteers and the general public. In cases of believing one is unfairly blocked, note that our Dispute Resolution Policies can be found in the respective federal, state and/or municipal constitutions, as required. This policy covers, but is not limited to, the sites and services mentioned below, and is also intended to cover other social media services as they develop in the future: social networking sites (eg Facebook); professional networking services (eg Linkedln); video and photo sharing websites (eg YouTube); micro-blogging (eg Twitter); forums and discussion boards (eg Google Groups); online collaborations (eg Wikipedia); podcasting; blogs.

3.0 Definitions

3.1 Social media includes the various internet-based applications that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content. Social media enables individuals to communicate via the Internet sharing information and resources. Sites such as Facebook are a social utility that connects people with family and friends.

3.2 Content is the information that is put onto social media sites, which includes text, audio, video, images, podcasts and other multimedia communications.

3.3 Trolling - “Someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.” (Wikipedia)

4.0 Procedural instructions regarding use of social media

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Stakeholders should not: make comment as a representative of Flux unless authorised to do so.

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Just as bullying and harassment will not be tolerated in the physical world, nor will it be tolerated where it occurs on a social media site. Please refrain from posting any offensive, obscene, bullying, discriminatory, hateful, racist, sexist, abusive, harassing, threatening or defamatory content.

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Participants should always declare a conflict of interest.

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Confidentiality of information. Members are not to divulge or discuss any confidential or personal information, including information regarding the Flux party. Volunteers are not to identify or publish personal details and/or images of Flux members without permission, except as permitted under Australian Law.

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Under no circumstances are individual persons to use a Flux email address or logo to purport themselves unless authorised.

5.0 Security risks

Social media sites can contain a significant amount of personal information. Accordingly, it is in the best interests of members to ensure appropriate and effective security and/or privacy settings are maintained. Members need to be mindful that regardless of the security/privacy settings, content may still be made public (eg a contact may cut and paste comments onto another site) or may be illegally accessed by cybercriminals. Furthermore, unintended invitees may gain access to a social network site through a linked association (eg friend of a friend). Some individuals and organisations, including criminal organisations, use social media to mask their true identity and obtain personal information. It is recommended that members exercise caution with respect to the type of information that they post on such sites.

6.0 Reporting

Members who fail to comply with this policy may be subject to counseling and expulsion. Observers should report any breach of this policy to a Steering Committee member. The Steering Committee member is to report any breach of this policy or seek advice from Leadership.

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Review date: the policy is to be reviewed before December 31, 2020.