Welcome to the EurActiv Netiquette!
One of the main visions of the EurActiv network is to create a platform where debates about European issues are triggered, analysed and maintained. EurActiv is a platform where stakeholders from different sectors as well as EU citizens can enter into an open, interesting and constructive dialogue.
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The engagement of readers via comments, likes and shares of EurActiv posts and articles is a fundamental building block for this multifaceted communication network. The editorial team aims to safeguard such interactions from being undermined by the inappropriate behaviour of some individuals.
EurActiv wants its readers to adhere to the fundamental principles of this Netiquette. What applies to real-life conversations must be reflected online (i.e. a respectful tone, critical self-reflection and fact-based argumentations). EurActiv, in its role as the leading EU policy media organisation, is responsible for promoting these principles across borders and languages.
EurActiv’s online Code of Conduct is composed of a handful of clear and easily graspable rules.
- Dialogue, not monologue: If you engage in a debate, please make sure that your line of argumentation is clear, specific, well–founded and grammatically correct. Avoid drifting away from the topic do not forget to link your statement to the context of the initial discussion. Please do not over-speculate and instead come up with a coherent argumentation based on evidence.
- No venue for online hate speech: Any forms of propaganda, threat, inflammatory comments, personal insults or defamatory and discriminating remarks are not tolerated anywhere on EurActiv. You must also exercise prudence when it comes to irony and sarcasm in online communication in order to minimise the scope for misinterpretations. “Do as you would be done by” – recall this rule before you press the “send” button. Ask yourself whether you would have chosen the same wording in a real-life conversation – if not, rephrase your message along the lines of this codex. In case you detect hate speech coming from fellow users, report these comments straight away and avoid engaging with the author. Help the EurActiv team to ensure a good atmosphere on its channels.
- The Internet is not a “lawless” space: Check whether you are entitled to share a post, post a link or publish content before doing so. Copyright, intellectual property rights, the right to the protection of one’s image and appropriate marking of quotations – none of these loose validity online. Moreover, followers should not use fake accounts to engage in debates – EurActiv aims to strengthen transparent discussions and seeks to limit any form of bias and distortion.
- EurActiv is not a free advertising platform: EurActiv has set up several online accounts to foster a trans-European dialogue. Non-official advertisements and spam of all sorts hinder coherent conversations and are therefore removed from EurActiv pages. If you are interested in promoting a specific event, publication or press release which is related to any of EurActiv’s publications or fits the European context, get in touch with the Public Affairs team at email@example.com.
To avoid being accused of censorship, EurActiv wants to highlight that its editorial team handles statements, which violate this Netiquette.
In case a visitor of our website ignores our small catalogue of behavioural rules (indicated above), our editorial team reserves the right to edit or delete such contributions.
- Deletion: If the editorial team detects a statement which falls into the category of “hate speech” (defined above), EurActiv will delete the entire post.
- Blocking: If a person repeatedly violates our online code of conduct, the profile will be denied access to any of EurActiv’s pages and social media channels.
Thank you for taking the time to read the EurActiv Netiquette. We look forward to respectful and interesting discussions and hope you enjoy a great online experience on EurActiv.com!