Sense Chat Community Guidelines

This page describes our vision, governance rules, and content guidelines, as well as content violations and how they will be enforced.

Welcome to Sense Chat!

Sense Chat promises to provide a seamless and secure communication platform that incentivizes groups with rewards while empowering creativity and passions. You will always have control over your data and how it’s used.

  1. Messages in Private one-to-one and Group Chats are end-to-end encrypted by default. As it should be.

  2. End-to-end encryption protects against us or third parties from reading your chats. Your data is yours.

  3. Messages in Channels are encrypted by default, keeping your community secure.

  4. Messages include all the data in your chats including photos, videos, and files.

  5. All of your messages are stored on your own device.

  6. Your identity is secure. We do not store your phone number, it is hashed the moment you enter it. And we don’t store your contacts on our servers. We don’t steal friends.

Legals

Let’s start at the top!

Sense Chat is a platform that you can trust to never spy on your messages or sell your data to third parties. While we want our platform to be governed by all of you, and be a safe place for expression and ideas, we realize that even with the best intentions platforms can be overrun by those who intend to do harm or conduct illegal activities. That’s why we’re here to be transparent and cover our content guidelines, how they will be enforced and how you can help Sense Chat make sense.

Time for the basics.

We’re here to help you understand our legal terms, but first let’s breakdown a few key points:

  1. Sense Chat is for real people not bots, spam, or fake accounts. Due to this, each account requires a phone number and only one account can be created per number.

  2. Your one-to-one messages and group messages are encrypted and completely safe. They cannot be read by us or anyone else that is not part of the conversation. Once your message is delivered to the other recipients it is deleted from our server in accordance with our privacy policy.

  3. Sense Chat will grow and change as users like you use it.

  4. Sense Chat is in beta, so some features and functions may not be available or work as expected.

  5. The SENSE you earn in Sense Chat will not be exportable at first but this feature will be added later so you can add or remove SENSE.

  6. We believe in the free exchange of ideas and speech, but we also must maintain a respectful and safe environment. So your messages in channels are subject to our governance rules.

  7. We have the right to terminate and suspend accounts at any time, if you break a governance rule.

  8. A note for parents: Sense Chat is not recommended for humans under the age of 18.

We’re just starting.

Sense Chat is in beta but we’re excited about the future. We’re working extremely hard to make a product you love and use daily.

As we build our product, we’ll also be building a DAC to govern Sense Chat. If you’re interested in learning more or being a part of the DAC please email humans@makesense.com.

We’re here to help.

As we continue building, we hope you’ll continue providing feedback on your experience in Sense Chat. Please feel free to email support@makesense.com with any questions or suggestions.

Governance Rules

Intro

Sense Chat is a social messenger where content creators can share their work and community builders can engage, grow and reward their members. Our features help to prevent bots, spam and fake accounts which means more real people and real conversations.

Our commitment to the free expression of ideas is enormous, and our respect for intense debate is unending. But, our commitment to free expression does not mean anything goes. We take a different approach to content moderation but there are lines we will not allow to be crossed.

The governance rules cover our and your legal and moral responsibilities that govern free speech. We will comply with all laws and prioritize the safety and well-being of all members of Sense Chat. For example, we may be legally required or compelled to remove content for the safety of our users.

Although, all choices must be backed by a transparent and thoughtful justification that the content can cause measurable harm or intends harm.

Sense Chat will always have a responsibility to remove illegal content or any content posing a legal risk to Sense Chat. We will continue to improve our community moderation tools because we want you all to govern yourself.

We are not here to be political with content moderation. We encourage communities to self-moderate and we will continue to review our governance rules.

Content Guidelines

Below are the acceptable content and conduct on Sense Chat.

Sense Chat is a place for free expression, not a place to break the law.

Don’t share anything that violates the law.

Don’t share anything that facilitates, encourages or incites breaking a law.

The laws apply wherever you are located. Be mindful.

Most of the following content is illegal in most countries.

Infringements

We respect the intellectual property of everyone, including copyrights, trademarks and patents.

Please avoid sharing any legally protected content in a post without the legal permission to do so such as a license, fair use justification, etc. If you see someone using a channel to impersonate a brand or person’s intellectual property please report it. It’s simple, don’t launch channels or claim usernames for intellectual property you don’t own.

Under our Copyright Policy, we will remove channels and content in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) when properly notified that the post infringes a third party’s copyright. We also take steps to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers.

Exploitation of Minors

  • Don’t post any material that exploits or harms a minor, including depictions, images, videos, or descriptions of nude minors, sexually suggestive images of a minor, or child sexual abuse.

  • Don’t link to any third-party websites containing any of the above or instructions on how to find them.

  • Don’t solicit minors or direct your content at minors.

Promotion of Illegal Activity

Avoid posting anything that advertises or promotes illegal or legally restricted goods or services, including (but not limited to):

  • Drugs and controlled substances, including cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco

  • Sexual services

  • Weapons, including firearms, ammunition, and explosives, and instructions on making any of the above

  • Gambling

  • Fraudulent financial ventures or activities of any kind

Hate Speech

Sense Chat is a place for respectful discourse, not a place to spread hate.

Don’t promote or incite hatred against any person or group of people.

This includes:

  • Promoting or inciting violence, terrorism, or real-world physical harm against any person or group of people.

  • Referring to any person or group of people using slurs, offensive stereotypes, or derogatory or insulting terms based on characteristics such as their race, ethnicity, faith, country of origin, disability, health status, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

  • Using veiled or coded language to try to skirt this rule.

  • Posting hateful symbols, racist images, or other material promoting hate or terrorism

Context matters! Discussing certain topics may sometimes mean including or referring to potentially troubling language or imagery. We’ll always take the overall context of the post into account. If the purpose of the post appears to be a genuine, thoughtful discussion or commentary and not to spread hate, it may be allowed.

Threats and Harassment

Sense Chat is a safe and welcoming community, not a place for targeted attacks and bullying.

Do not post anything that threatens or intimidates someone.

Do not engage in the harassment of other Sense Chat users, including making ad hominem personal attack posts about them, repeated insulting or demeaning comments in response to their posts or over direct messages. Do not harass or stalk other Sense Chat users online or offline.

Do not encourage others to shame, harass, insult or otherwise attack someone.

In other words, just be a nice human being.

Invasions of Privacy or Defamation

Sense Chat is a space for thoughtful conversation, not a place to doxx or smear your enemies.

Please avoid posting anything that reveals sensitive or private information about anyone else.

Private information includes (but is not limited to):

  • Phone number

  • Physical Address

  • Email Address

  • Social Security, Passport, or Driver’s License numbers

  • Confidential financial information such as bank account or credit card details

  • Platform credentials such as passwords and logins

Additionally:

  • Don’t upload any images or videos that include the likeness of others without their consent.

  • Don’t defame anyone, or make false or misleading statements about anyone.

Exception! Political officials and public figures have a different expectation of privacy and reputation than “civilians.” In general, their name and official or work-related contact details may be public information and their consent is usually not required for their likeness to appear in an image. Likewise, they are more open to public criticism. Posts analyzed under this rule will take into account the newsworthiness of the information and the degree to which it touches on a matter of public concern.

The following types of content or activities may not be illegal depending on where in the world you live, but they aren’t allowed on Sense Chat. They’re not in line with our values of respect and transparency, and our interest in truthful, genuine content and interactions.

Pornography or Overtly Sexual Content

Avoid sharing any images or videos that are pornographic, sexually explicit or feature nudity.

Exception! With a clear journalistic, documentary, or critical context, some non-sexual nudity is permitted. For example, a post discussing the history and cultural significance of Michaelangelo’s David could include an image of the statue.

Violence or Gore

Sense Chat is a home for well-crafted commentary, not a repository of shocking or disgusting content.

Avoid posting any realistic portrayals of people or animals being killed, maimed, tortured, or abused.

This includes:

  • anything that realistically depicts, glorifies, or promotes acts that may result in death or serious physical injury.

  • anything realistically depicting or promoting suicide, self-harm, or self-mutilation.

  • extreme or shocking images or videos of gore, including (but not limited to) dead or injured bodies, medical procedures, wounds, and cannibalism.

Exception! Commentary on global events may sometimes necessarily contain some graphic or violent elements. Newsworthiness and journalistic or critical intent may justify the depiction of violence or the aftermath of violence.

Deception

Sense Chat is a home for real people and genuine interactions, not a place for frauds and charlatans.

  • Don’t pretend to be anyone else.

  • Don’t try to sell anything fake.

  • Don’t intentionally share facts or information you know to be false.

  • Don’t make misleading statements about your relationship or affiliation with any person or organization.

Spam

Sense Chat is a home for unique content of high quality, not a place to distribute spam.

Please avoid posting the following spammy content in channels on Sense Chat:

  • low-quality posts that are designed primarily to drive traffic to a different website.

  • creating duplicate or repetitive posts.

  • reposting content scraped from third-party sources.

  • anything that contains malware, phishing attempts, unwanted pop-ups, or any other harmful content or links to any website that does.

In general, please be thoughtful and respectful when contacting other users. Don’t use information you learn about other users to spam them.

Unacceptable Conduct

Breach of Our Terms

Beyond the above content and behavioral restrictions in the Governance Rules, please make sure you fully comply with the other requirements outlined in our Terms of Use.

You must make sure that nothing you post on or with Sense Chat violates any law.

Your Sense Chat account is yours and only you should use it. Do not login or attempt to login with anyone else’s credentials or allow anyone else to use yours. You’re accountable for all actions taken by your account so keep it safe.

Harm to Sense Chat

Please, do not use Sense Chat in a way that degrades the quality of Sense Chat for other users, including (but not limited to) harassment of individuals, content scraping, denial of service attacks, automated queries, or any other action that negatively impacts platform integrity.

Do not post malicious code or links to websites with malicious code. Malicious code includes (but is not limited to) viruses, worms, malware, trojan horses. Violations of Community Guidelines

Any channels and channel posts deemed to fall within the following categories will be deleted immediately:

  • Sexual exploitation of children

  • Direct threats of or calls for violence, terrorism, or real-world harm

  • Maliciously sharing intimate or personally identifiable information (doxxing or revenge porn)

  • Attempts to attack, gain access to or otherwise harm the Sense Chat platform or infrastructure

Reporting Violations

If you see something, say something. Please report any violations of Sense Chat’s Governance Rules via email directly to humans@makesense.com.

Make sure to include a screenshot of the post in question, as well as an explanation as to why it breaks the Governance Rules. Remember, these rules only apply to channels. Please do not report any messages from private groups or one-to-one conversations as those are encrypted and we cannot view this content.

Date of Last Update: September 30th, 2020