Policies

Last updated Sep 7, 2021

Editorial policy

At NITL, we like to maintain an independent control over the subject matter and content published on all the platforms under NITL: the app as well as the website

Factual information

NITL applies a high standard of accuracy and quality to the work it publishes, which may include fact-checking and copy-editing. Go to the Fact checking policy ahead for more details.

Sources for our stories will typically be clearly identified, cited and linked as such. Exceptions will be made only if disclosure threatens the safety of the source.

Disclosures and conflicts of interest

Staff, contributing, and freelance writers and editors working for NITL must disclose any personal or financial relationships they may have with a source, individual, investment, or company that could pose a conflict of interest when a story is assigned to them. That relationship will either be publicly disclosed in the story, or the reporter or editor will be recused from participating in the reporting and editing process for that story.

Non-public financial information

In due course, NITL may become aware of non-public financial information, but they may not act on this information or shape our coverage for their personal gain, or for the gain of their friends or family. Expert contributors who are investors, founders, or officers of companies they are writing about must disclose those ties in the text of the article being published.

Plagiarism

NITL defines plagiarism as any act of taking the words and/or ideas of others and presenting them as original or without proper acknowledgement or permission. This includes directly copying ideas and text (whether entire articles, paragraphs, or sentences), as well as paraphrasing and slight re-writes (often known as "mosaic plagiarism"), and failure to cite sources.

Ethics policy

NITL is a platform that people use to stay updated on news in a socially conscious manner. This demands us to have a very strict ethics policy in order to help foster a healthy reading environment of authenticity and safety for our users.

Failure to comply with it may force us to stop displaying your content, or suspending and/or terminating your services.

1. Violence and gory content

We want to prevent any potential harm that can be related to any content on NITL. Because of this, we prohibit content that glorifies violent acts that could encourage the audience to replicate similar acts. We also do not allow violent, gruesome or gory content that’s primarily intended to shock or disgust the audience.

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Footage or imagery of violent crimes that resulted in death or serious physical injury, such as murders, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, robberies, street fights, rapes, or torture, in which weapons, violence, or injured victims are visible. (Note: there are no exceptions for this example, even if there is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic value)
  • Footage or imagery involving natural disasters, war aftermath, immolation, protests or riots, or other such scenarios with the intent to shock or disgust the audience
  • One-sided humiliating assault, such as pantsing, happy slapping, physical bullying, with titles like “Video: man brutally gets beat-up!”
  • Content that promotes or glorifies suicide or self-harm
  • Corpses or any severed body parts
  • Extreme body modifications
  • Excretory items or bodily fluids
  • Medical procedure footage where the content focuses on open wounds that provides no education values
  • Graphic acne, pimple, skin lesions, blisters, or tumors
  • Graphic displays of infections
  • Content on animal abuse or slaughter, or where humans are forcing animals to attack each other
  • Promotion of any organization that engages in violence or advocates terrorist activities, hate toward any particular group, mass murder (including attempts), human trafficking or any criminal activity

What is not in violation of this policy?

  • EDSA content that provides historical, philosophical, or news perspective on violent or gory content (the graphic nature of the content must be balanced with the social value, e.g., citizen journalism) * EDSA stands for Educational, Documentary, Scientific, or Artistic content
  • Non-graphic violence (e.g. implied injury, bombings at a distance, not-too-gruesome, etc.)
  • Violence that may be in sports including boxing, wrestling, martial arts, hockey fights, football, etc.
  • Animals fighting against each other in a natural environment, where animals are not harmed

2. Dangerous and illegal content

We do not allow content that could directly facilitate dangerous or illegal activities.

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Instructions on how to perform activities meant to kill or harm, for example, how to build a bomb
  • Display of uses of hard drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, or meth
  • Non-educational content that explains how to make illegal substances
  • Content which claims that harmful substances or treatments can have health benefits without citing any reputable medical journals or studies
  • Instructions on how to cheat or promote dishonest behaviours, for example, how to steal goods, how to bypass paywalls, how to hack into social media accounts, how to use bots to exploit systems in an unethical or illegal manner, stream sniping
  • Content involving consuming or inserting non-food items that have no legitimate medical purpose
  • Content featuring vandalism
  • Promotion of harm to others, self-harm, suicide, eating disorders of drug abuse
  • Promotion of unreasonable or unrealistic employment opportunities
  • Promotion of any lotteries, sweepstakes, or gamblings of real money

What is not in violation of this policy?

  • Reputable medical research about certain drug uses
  • Studies on dangers or risk of illegal substances or activities

3. Hateful speech

We do not allow content with discriminatory, defamatory, or derogatory language, especially that which is intended to threaten violence or incite hatred against an individual or a group based on race, ethnicity, age, color, caste, national origin, immigration status, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, serious medical condition, socioeconomic class, and veteran status.

This policy is enforced in tandem with our policies on violence and gore content, and dangerous and illegal content.

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Insults and abuses an individual or a group based on the attributes noted above
  • Violent threats against an individual or a group, for example, declarative statements threatening to kill someone, sexually assault someone, or commit a violent act that could lead to someone’s death or serious physical injury.
  • Content that promote extremist or Neo-Nazi and supremacist movements
  • What is not in violation of this policy?
  • Content presented in a satirical, EDSA, or non-propaganda fictional context

4. Nudity or sexual content

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Nudity, including visible genitalia and uncovered female nipples
  • Footage or imagery of surgery of genitalia, even EDSA
  • Footage or imagery of minimally covered buttocks or breasts where this is the focal point of the entire content
  • Footage or imagery of exposed or sheer coverage of bathing suit area (penile or labial outline)
  • Footage or imagery of stimulating genitals or anus, even if above or under clothing
  • Footage or imagery of sex toys
  • Sexual intercourse or other by-products of sexual activity, including illustrated, simulated, and animated
  • Celebrity or personal sexual life
  • Disrobing or other sexual behavior
  • Content that focuses on sexual pleasures
  • Content that promotes or provides links to porn, adult, or x-rated sites
  • Headline and/or content intended to promote sexuality and nudity
  • Content that includes sexual poses, suggestive movement (such as sexual dancing), or suggestive language
  • Content that may be interpreted as promoting a sexual act in exchange for compensation

What is not in violation of this policy?

  • Footage or imagery of breastfeeding or health-related situations (no visible nipple)
  • Footage or imagery of minimally covered buttocks or breasts where this is not the focal point of the entire content.
  • Footage or imagery of where the bare/nude private parts of the body are blurred, censored or covered by mosaic/banner. Breast or genitals are not shown, and not presented as focal
  • Content about adult sites that provide newsworthiness, for example, a popular porn site removing videos after investigation that reveals child abuse
  • Content that is intended to educate or inform on sexual health issues and is supported with research

5. Minor endangerment

We do not allow content that potentially places minors at risk or exploits them in a negative or harmful manner.

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Sexualization of minors or someone who appears to be a minor (animated, implied, or dramatized)
  • Content showing minors participating in dangerous activities or encouraging minors to do dangerous activities, for example, playing with fire, explosives, knives, weapons, etc
  • Content showing minors drinking alcohol, using e-cigarettes, tobacco or marijuana
  • Content showing violent fights taking place at a school or park
  • Content that does not comply with the U.S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

What is not in violation of this policy?

  • Innocently posted fleeting baby butts or diaper changing with glimpse of genitalia.
  • Playful fights featuring children

6. Vulgar language and profanity

We don’t allow gratuitous obscenities, profanity, or language that may be inappropriate for audiences under 18 years old.

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Content that includes use of excessive profanity or slurs
  • Content that includes crude gestures or vulgar motions
  • Content that includes use of excessive sexually explicit or lewd language
  • Any profanity and vulgarity in the headline of an article

What is not in violation of this policy?

  • Minimal use of profanity in a non-sexual way or for artistic purpose (e.g., lyrics, parody)
  • Minimal use of profanity, not directed at anyone and not intended in a sexual or derogatory nature that is scattered within the larger context

7. Misinformation

NITL is not a place for misinformation, disinformation, malinformation. We remove or restrict distribution of false or misleading content that may harm our users or the public’s well-being, safety, or trust.

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Medically unsupported health claims that risk public health and safety, such as the promotion of false cures or anti-vaccination advice
  • False or misleading information that impedes an election’s integrity or an individual’s or group’s civic participation, including preventing or discouraging people from voting or causing their votes not to be counted
  • False or misleading claims about the results of an election that could lead to interference with the election process or vote counting process
  • Conspiracy theories that have been debunked
  • Digitally manipulated video or images
  • Content that impersonates a person, group, brand, or business
  • Content that falsely implies having an affiliation with, or endorsement by, another individual, organization, or service
  • Content about unsupported paranormal activity, aliens, vampires, ghosts, etc. that has no news value

8. Biased content

We acknowledge that there is a fine line between biased news and satire or opinion, which poses challenges for us to identify and measure the bias. We also want to keep people informed without stifling public discourse. Therefore we don’t remove opinionated content, but can reduce its distribution. Opinionated content should still be grounded in facts and information and contribute to an informed public debate.

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Extremist, polarizing content that vilifies and dehumanizes one’s political opponents
  • Use of extreme language that indicates a strong bias toward a political party, such as “stupid” or “senile”
  • Unsubstantiated accusations of illegal or unethical behavior about individuals, groups, or businesses
  • Content calling out illegitimacy of elections without any proof
  • Bullying, threatening, mocking, or shaming someone, or posting things likely to encourage others to do so
  • Engaging in a repetitive or targeted campaign of harassment against someone or a group of people
  • Using derogatory language, racial slurs, or obscenities to disparage or attack someone or a group of people
  • Reviewing businesses or products in a gratuitously harmful or abusive manner

What is not in violation of this policy?

  • Analysis and opinion content that merely advocates or argues for different points of view
  • Use of words that indicate a mild bias toward a political party, such as “crafty” or “sneaky
  • Content is balanced with opposing viewpoints

9. Sponsored and promotional content

As the lines between editorial content and advertising content get blurrier, we do not prohibit content with brand or product mentioning, but we do not allow content that is created particularly for a sponsor where marketing is the primary purpose.

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Content that focuses only on promoting brand(s) or selling product(s) including marketing yourself or your business
  • Content contains promotion of the following:
  • Tobacco products, vaporizers, electronic cigarettes
  • Illegal drugs or drug-related products
  • Unsafe supplements
  • Weapons, ammunition or explosives
  • Adult products or services
  • Payday loans, paycheck advances, penny auctions
  • Multilevel marketing schemes
  • Surveillance equipment
  • Spyware or malware
  • Counterfeit documents
  • Content structured as a listicle that is easy to consume and provides little editorial value
  • Content that contains multiple (affiliated) links that direct audience to company or product pages
  • Promotional materials that falsely represent a brand, for example, Apple products that are not sold from the official website
  • Content that contains Sponsor links that lead to unrelated or deceptive websites
  • Content that facilitates marriage to a foreigner, e.g., “mail order brides”
  • Promotion of trades in social engagement, including integration or display of ads that contain or promote the purchase, sale, or exchanges of “likes”, “shares”, or other social media functionality
  • Adding non-contextual links to stories such as links to the same article on Medium or directing people to your personal website that has no relevance to the content

What is not in violation of this policy?

  • Promotional text or materials less than 50% of the total editorial content
  • Business news that features certain brands, usually household names that would have industry impacts, such as Apple, Nike, Best Buy etc.
  • Content about free giveaways
  • Listicles with informative text and not primarily intending to market/sell items
  • Product reviews, releases, updates with editorial text

10. Spam and scams

We restrict the distribution of spammy or clickbaity content that has no benefit to the users, and in some cases can be troublesome or harassing.

hat is in violation of this policy?

  • Outdated news content that is no longer relevant and can cause confusion and perplexity, especially stories that have already been published by other publications months or years ago
  • Fictional pieces that appear to be news stories
  • Content that is excessively posted, identical, repetitive, or untargeted
  • Content that includes links to malware or other technologically malicious content
  • Clickbaity content that deliberately intrigue the readers to click with deceptive or manipulative story packaging, such as exaggerated or sensationalized headlines, or incomplete headlines that withhold information required for the audiences to understand the article, or irrelevant thumbnails
  • Undisclosed affiliate or promotional links
  • Content that offers cash gifts or “get rich quick” schemes
  • Content where the only purpose is to boost subscribers, views, or other metrics
  • Content that incites to interfere with democratic process, such as encouraging voters to misrepresent themselves or illegally participate, or calling for violence to prevent a peaceful transfer of power or orderly succession
  • Content that misrepresents, misstates, or conceals information about you, your content, or primary web destination

11. Intellectual property and privacy

We do not allow the improper use of intellectual property and violations of privacy, including but not limited to, violations of applicable privacy laws or our Privacy Policy.

hat is in violation of this policy?

  • Anything that infringes another’s intellectual property, including copyright, patent, trade secret, rights of publicity, or trademark rights
  • Including a private person’s confidential and personally identifiable information or image without consent
  • Plagiarism
  • Engaging in ‘phishing’ for users’ information
  • Setting cookies on domains that modify, intercept, or delete cookies set by NITL
  • Scraping, crawling, or spidering for information
  • Doxing, which includes not only private or obscure personal information but also the aggregation of publicly available information to target, shame, blackmail, harass, intimidate, threaten, or endanger a person or group of people
  • Content that encourages inflated accidental clicks
  • Contributors are also required to only use images that are free or shared under the Creative Commons licence. If the images used in your stories are stolen, watermarked, or lacking a credit, it might be a good indicator to your readers that you might not be the most reliable source. That’s why we won’t accept images with watermarks or other indicators that the image might be being used without proper permission.

12. Unsupported languages

We do not allow content that is not one of our supported languages. At this time, NITL is an English-only platform. If the source content is in a different language, the story itself should be translated in English.

13. Cryptocurrency Accounts, Posts, and Publications

Posts and accounts that focus on cryptocurrencies which do not meet the following requirements may be considered spam and are subject to suspension, depending on context. NITL does not endorse or verify any coin, token, or similar announcement.

What is in violation of this policy?

  • Including a link to your active project domain in your user account bio.
  • Using an email address from that domain as your verified Medium account email, and maintaining that email account actively.
  • Including a prominent About page with up-to-date contact information on your project website.

What is not in violation of this policy?

  • Using an anonymous email address which is not linked to your project domain (e.g., gmail, protonmail, mail.ru, etc.)
  • Advertising or participating in bounty campaigns, pump and dumps, reviewing for reward, or other forms of brigading or inauthentic activity
  • Including shortened URLs in your posts

Fact-Checking policy

NITL contributors must be precise with their words, headlines, and URLs. They must understand that words have power and act responsibly. In doing so, contributors must verify the information they gather. This not only includes identifying information such as names and positions, but also includes factual statements and accounts.

All NITL content is subject to review by one or more supervisors depending on a range of factors, including complexity, sensitivity and the pressure of time. But NITL contributors also have a primary responsibility for writing and fact-checking the stories they write using their own judgment guided by the ethics policy.

As a contributor, you can ensure the first layer of fact check. To do this, first identify and summarise the key claims made in your content.

Then fully uncover the foundations of those claims, firstly by attempting to identify the origin of the information. In many cases, the original source of a given claim cannot be established, but in cases where a potential source is identified, check it out for more information. You may look for evidence relevant to the claim – both supportive or otherwise - and consult your supervisors. Always name your source and gather links to publicly viewable material wherever possible.

Always provide links in the appropriate manner (don’t add links to the text) to the supporting evidence so that readers may see the material we reference in its full form and context.

Publisher Agreement (if needed)

This Publisher Agreement (“Agreement”) is a binding contract between you and NITL. It contains the rules and restrictions that govern your use of NITL’s products and services (referred to below simply as “NITL”). If you use NITL for this purpose, you are a Publisher and will need to create a Publisher account.

Using NITL in any way means that you agree to this Agreement, and this Agreement will remain in effect while you use NITL. In the event of any conflict between this Agreement and any other terms and conditions you have agreed to with NITL, this Agreement will prevail with respect to its subject matter.

1. Ownership

First and foremost, you own what you create. Any original content you post, upload, share, store, or otherwise using NITL remains yours and is protected by copyright and any other applicable intellectual property laws.

However, please note that you agree to grant us a limited license to your content in order to enable us to operate NITL. This license allows us to promote your content and help you succeed on NITL.

You agree that this limited license includes a worldwide, nonexclusive, sublicensable, royalty-free, fully paid-up, transferable right (a) to market your content and to permit others to use, access, and download your content through NITL, and (b) to use your tradename(s), trademark(s), and logo(s) in connection with the distribution and marketing of content.

2. Relationships with Readers

You agree to the following rules around your relationships with Readers and other users of NITL:

  • Stopping publication or deleting content: You may delete one or more of your stories from NITL at your discretion. However, please note that if you delete or stop publishing a content piece before the end of a paid subscription term of a Reader, any and all obligations – including any refund obligations for the remaining portion of the subscription term – are solely your responsibility. We are under no obligation to issue any refunds to you or your Readers and we are entitled to keep any and all portions of any Revenue Share you have paid NITL.
  • Disputes: If there is a dispute between you and a user about payments or any other issue, you agree we are under no obligation to become involved and that we will not be held liable for any such dispute. We are not liable for your relationship with users, and we won’t provide you with any legal advice regarding such matters.
  • Support: You shall provide to us a current email address to which we may direct inquiries from Readers and other NITL users regarding your newsletters.

3. Acceptable Use

You are responsible for all your activity in connection with NITL!

Make sure that you use NITL in a manner that complies with the law and is permitted by this Agreement. If your use of NITL is prohibited by applicable laws, then you aren’t authorized to use NITL. We can’t and won’t be responsible for you using NITL in a way that breaks the law.

You also represent and warrant that you will not publish newsletters or otherwise use NITL in a manner that:

  • is harmful, fraudulent, deceptive, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, objectionable, or in any way violates NITL’s Content Guidelines;
  • interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorised manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of NITL or any third party;
  • infringes, violates, or misappropriates any law, statute, ordinance or regulation or rights of any third party;
  • spreads a virus, trojan horse, worm, time bomb, or other harmful computer code, file, or program.

4. Privacy

NITL takes privacy very seriously. If you store personal or sensitive information provided by or collected from NITL users, you must do so securely and only for as long as it is needed.

You may not collect from a user via NITL or any other method any information -- personally identifiable or not -- beyond what NITL is permitted to collect from a user under its own Privacy Policy.

You are solely responsible for complying with any laws and regulations that apply to user information, including without limitation the posting of your own privacy policy on your subdomain on NITL if appropriate.

Consistent with our Privacy Policy, we collect certain data on how Readers engage with Publisher newsletters. We will share, at our sole discretion, some of this information with you, including pageviews, open rates, Reader counts, and referral data. You agree that NITL is under no obligation to share this data with you.

5. Terminating Your Account

Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time for any reason. Upon such termination of this Agreement, your right to use NITL will immediately cease.

We may terminate this Agreement or terminate, suspend, or restrict your access to or use of NITL at any time, for any reason. Reasons that may lead to us terminating or restricting access to NITL include a breach of any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement, your offensive or unacceptable behavior, objectionable material, or any other actions in violation of guidelines we specify. We will notify Publishers as soon as reasonably practicable if Publishers’ access to NITL is suspended or substantially limited due to technical problems with the platform.

You agree that this means that any content may be removed from NITL at any time at our discretion. You also agree that we retain the right to immediately halt the distribution of newsletters at our discretion.

6. Changes to this Agreement

We are constantly trying to improve our products and services, so this Agreement may need to change along with NITL. We reserve the right to change the Agreement at any time, but if we do, we will bring it to your attention.

If you don’t agree with the new Agreement, you are free to reject it; unfortunately, that means you will no longer be able to use NITL. Except for changes by us as described here, no other amendment or modification of this Agreement will be effective unless in writing and signed by both you and us.

7. Miscellaneous Terms

The above covers most of the questions that we typically receive about NITL. We have grouped provisions that come up less frequently below:

  • No Warranties: NITL is provided to you on an “as-is” basis. This means we provide it to you without any express or implied warranties of any kind. That includes any implied warranties of merchantability, warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, or any warranty that the use of NITL will be uninterrupted or error-free.
  • Limitation of Liability: To the fullest extent allowed by applicable law, under no circumstances and under no legal theory shall NITL, its licensors, or its suppliers be liable to you or to any other person for:
    • Any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any kind, or
    • Any amount, in the aggregate, in excess of the greater of (1) $100 or (2) the amounts paid and/or payable by you to us in connection with NITL in the twelve-month period preceding the applicable claim.
  • Indemnification: To the fullest extent allowed by applicable law, you agree to indemnify and hold NITL, its affiliates, officers, agents, employees, and partners harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages (actual and consequential), losses and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) arising from or in any way related to any third party claims relating to (a) your use of NITL (including any actions taken by a third party using your account), and (b) your violation of this Agreement. In the event of such a claim, suit, or action, we will attempt to provide notice to the contact information we have for your account (provided that failure to deliver such notice shall not eliminate or reduce your indemnification obligations hereunder).
  • Assignment: You may not assign, delegate or transfer this Agreement or your rights or obligations hereunder, or your NITL account, in any way (by operation of law or otherwise) without our prior written consent. We may transfer, assign, or delegate this Agreement and our rights and obligations without consent.
  • Choice of Law: This Agreement is governed by and will be construed under applicable federal law and the laws of the State of California, without regard to the conflicts of laws provisions thereof.
  • Arbitration: Any dispute arising from or relating to the subject matter of this Agreement shall be finally settled by arbitration in San Francisco County, California, using the English language in accordance with the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. ("JAMS") then in effect, by one commercial arbitrator with substantial experience in resolving intellectual property and commercial contract disputes, who shall be selected from the appropriate list of JAMS arbitrators in accordance with the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS. Judgment upon the award so rendered may be entered in a court having jurisdiction, or application may be made to such court for judicial acceptance of any award and an order of enforcement, as the case may be. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each party shall have the right to institute an action in a court of proper jurisdiction for injunctive or other equitable relief pending a final decision by the arbitrator. For all purposes of this Agreement, the parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the state or federal courts located in, respectively, San Francisco County, California, or the Northern District of California. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding arising out of this Agreement will be entitled to an award of costs and attorneys’ fees. To the fullest extent permitted by law, you and NITL Inc agree that all claims against the other can only be brought in an individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class, consolidated, or other representative proceeding. We agree that arbitrators may not conduct any class, consolidated, or representative proceeding, and are limited to providing relief warranted by an individual party's claim.
  • No Third-Party Beneficiaries: We agree there are no third-party beneficiaries intended under this Agreement.
  • No Joint Venture: You hereby acknowledge and agree that you are not an employee, agent, partner, or joint venture of NITL Inc., and you do not have any authority of any kind to bind us in any respect whatsoever.
  • Waiver: The failure of either you or us to exercise, in any way, any right herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.
  • Severability: If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision will be limited or eliminated, to the minimum extent necessary, so that this Agreement shall otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.
  • Survival: You agree that the terms under the heading “Privacy”, “Sole Responsibility”, “Acceptable Use”, “Indemnification”, “Stopping Publication or Deleting a Newsletter”, “No Warranty”, “Limitation of Liability”, “Assignment”, “No Joint Venture”, “Severability”, “Arbitration”, and “Entire Agreement”, and any payment obligations incurred shall survive termination of this Agreement.
  • Entire Agreement: You agree that this Agreement is the complete and exclusive statement of the mutual understanding between you and us, and that it supersedes and cancels all previous written and oral agreements, communications and other understandings relating to the subject matter of this Agreement.
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