We believe that people use their voice and connect more freely when they don’t feel attacked on the basis of who they are. That is why we don’t allow hate speech on Habbux. It creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion, and in some cases may promote offline violence.
We define hate speech as a direct attack against people — rather than concepts or institutions— on the basis of what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and serious disease. We define attacks as violent or dehumanizing speech, harmful stereotypes, statements of inferiority, expressions of contempt, disgust or dismissal, cursing and calls for exclusion or segregation. We also prohibit the use of harmful stereotypes, which we define as dehumanizing comparisons that have historically been used to attack, intimidate, or exclude specific groups, and that are often linked with offline violence. We consider age a protected characteristic when referenced along with another protected characteristic.
We recognize that people sometimes share content that includes someone else’s hate speech to condemn it or raise awareness. In other cases, speech that might otherwise violate our standards can be used self-referentially or in an empowering way. Our policies are designed to allow room for these types of speech, but we require people to clearly indicate their intent. If the intention is unclear, we may hand out sanctions or other form of punishments.
The list below will list our dont's, meaning if any of the below "rules" is to be broken, we might hand out sanctions or other form of punishments, which will be up to the individual staff to determine what they find fitting.
Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form) to or about:
- 1.1. Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior.
- 1.2. Filth, bacteria, disease and feces.
- 1.3. Sexual predator.
- 1.4. Subhumanity.
- 1.5. Violent and sexual criminals
- 1.6. Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “All [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”).
- 1.7. Statements denying existence.
- 1.8. Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image.
Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form) that include:
- 2.1. Black people and apes or ape-like creatures.
- 2.2. Black people and farm equipment.
- 2.3. Jewish people and rats.
- 2.5. Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs.
- 2.6. Mexican people and worm-like creatures.
- 2.7. Women as household objects or referring to women as property or "objects".
- 2.8. Transgender or non-binary people referred to as "it".
Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
- 3.1. Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
- 3.2. Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal.
Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:
- 3.3. Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, transphobic, racist.
- 3.4. Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist.
Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:
- 5.1. Segregation in the form of calls for action, statements of intent, aspirational or conditional statements, or statements advocating or supporting segregation.
Exclusion in the form of calls for action, statements of intent, aspirational or conditional
statements, or statements advocating or supporting, defined as
- 5.2. Explicit exclusion, which means things like expelling certain groups or saying they are not allowed.