We want people to enjoy the benefits of being a member of the TopTip recommendations community and to feel safe when using the app. For that reason, we’ve developed a set of Community Standards. These standards will help you understand what type of sharing is allowed on TopTip, and what type of content may be reported to us and removed.

1 What TopTip is for

TopTipis designed to enable you to obtain and share recommendations with the TopTip community and to openly discuss your views and opinions. You therefore use your real name on TopTip (if not your name as it appears on official documents, your name as your friends genuinely know you). In order to get the best out of TopTip, and to have the most learning and fun, we encourage you to use the Ask, Tell, Note, Comment and other functions in whatever way best suits your interests. However, to respect the rights and safety of other users, there are certain things you may not do on TopTip.

2 What you are not allowed to do on TopTip

You are not allowed to share anything on TopTip which encourages, causes, promotes or commends the inflicting of emotional, physical or other harm on anyone else, whether on individuals or groups. This harm could come from any of the following sources, but is not limited to them:

  • Bullying and harassment
  • Sexual violence and exploitation
  • Self-injury or suicide (Except in extreme cases, we do not consider body modification to be self-injury.)
  • The sharing of nude content without the subject’s consent
  • The sharing of pornographic content (We follow the Apple App Store policy of adopting the Webster’s Dictionary definition of pornography as “explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings.)
  • Hate speech; racist, misogynist or other prejudiced speech
  • Incitement to violence
  • Violent or graphic images when shared for sadistic or cruel purposes
  • False and malicious comment about an individual
  • Illegal Activity or threats of illegal activity

Additionally, you may not share content if you don’t have the right to share it because of copyright, trademark or other legal cause

3 Action on inappropriate content

We will act promptly when informed about content that has been shared on TopTip that violates the terms outlined above. If you see something on TopTip that you believe violates these terms, please report it to us using the Report function

  • Our content reviewers will investigate promptly once you inform us of a potential breach of our Community Standards
  • Our content reviewers will look to you for information about why a post may violate our policies. If you report content, please tell us why you think this is the case.
  • Reporting something doesn’t guarantee that action will be taken – it may not violate our policies (even if you find it offensive).
  • Our review decisions may occasionally change after receiving additional information about specific posts or after seeing new, violating content.
  • The number of reports does not dictate whether action will be taken. We never remove content solely because it has been reported a number of times.

If we consider that the Community Standards have been breached, the action taken will depend on the severity of the violation and the offender’s history on TopTip. At the least, the content in question will be removed, and we may also remind the offender about the Community Standards and warn them about the consequences of further violations. For egregious or further violations, we may restrict a person’s ability to post on TopTip, disable their account for a period of time, or delete their account and ban them from TopTip.

Governments may ask us to remove content that violates local laws but does not violate our Community Standards. If after careful legal review we find that the content is illegal under local law, we may make it unavailable. In accordance with local law, we may also cooperate with law enforcement agencies when required to do so in investigation of a suspected crime or in prevention of a genuine risk of physical harm or threat to public safety.

Not all content that you may find disagreeable or disturbing will necessarily violate our Community Standards. However, that doesn’t mean you need to be exposed to it. TopTip offers you the ability to mute people if you don’t want to hear from them.