Comments Guidelines

The Ri welcomes comments on our YouTube and other social media platforms. These guidelines explain how and why we moderate them.

Why comments are important to us

We welcome comments on our YouTube and other social media platforms because they play an important part in fulfilling our mission and vision by:

  • Providing an opportunity for everyone to discuss and think more deeply about science and its place in our lives
  • Helping us nurture online communities which are engaged with the work of the Ri
  • Enabling a two-way conversation between the Ri and our audiences
  • Creating opportunities for our audiences to give us feedback on our work

Why we moderate comments

We moderate comments to:

  • Make sure that our YouTube and other social media platforms are welcoming places, where everyone feels comfortable and confident to comment
  • Help encourage our audience to question, discuss, and think more deeply about science and its place in our lives
  • Protect our speakers and presenters from any form of online abuse
  • Protect our audience from any form of online abuse
  • Ensure content on our social media platforms is legal and safe
  • Ensure personal safety and well-being
  • Foster a sense of community

How we moderate comments

We will remove, report, block, use ‘time-outs’ or otherwise shutdown inappropriate comments including those which:

  • Are abusive, offensive or discriminatory
  • Contain inappropriate language and hate speech
  • May be considered inflammatory
  • Share personal information or contact details
  • Break the law, including breaching of copyright, defamation and libel
  • Promote illegal activity, including terrorism and acts of violence
  • Promote disinformation
  • Are off-topic

Pre-moderation and turning off comments

We may pre-moderate or turn off comments where we feel it is appropriate to do so, particularly where a video or event features children or vulnerable adults.