Online discussion rules

Overview

Our online discussion rules apply to all online channels. These include, but are not limited to:

  • social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc)
  • online discussion forums (such as Loomio groups)
  • any other digital engagement platforms

We reserve the right to remove or not publish any contributions that don't comply with the following discussion rules.

Our rules

When engaging with the parliament and other members of the public online, please:

  • only use language that will not offend other forum participants.
  • submit contributions from your own account.
  • only submit a contribution once and keep the number you submit on a topic at a reasonable level. Multiple contributions from the same individual, or a small number of individuals, may discourage others from participating.
  • use an appropriate user name, if not using your full name (nothing vulgar, offensive etc.).
  • keep your contributions relevant to the discussion topic.
  • get your parent/guardian’s permission if you are under the age of 12 before participating. Users without this consent are not allowed to participate or provide us with personal information.

Please do not:

  • use official corporate channels (e.g. Facebook) as vehicles for campaigning or lobbying on party political issues.
  • submit defamatory contributions (untrue and capable of damaging the reputation of a person or organisation).
  • condone illegal activity or incite people to commit any crime, including incitement of racial hatred.
  • submit contributions that could prejudice ongoing or forthcoming court proceedings (contempt of court) or break a court injunction.
  • submit contributions containing someone else’s copyright material.
  • otherwise submit contributions that are unlawful, harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually orientated or racially offensive. This includes contributions that are offensive to others with regards to religion, gender, nationality or other personal characteristic.
  • submit contributions that contain personal information that would identify others without their permission. For example last names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details either relating to yourself or other individuals.
  • swear.
  • impersonate other people or falsely claim to represent a person or organisation.
  • spam the forum or resubmit the same, or similar, contributions.
  • advertise or promote products or services.

Using your comments for committee evidence

If you submit a contribution to us in response to a call for evidence it is likely to be published and available to the public online along with your name and possibly archived for permanent preservation.

To find out more about how we will treat your comments for committee evidence, please read our treatment of written evidence policy.

Read our Treatment of Written Evidence Policy.

Processing your data

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (“the SPCB”) is a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998, and processes personal data according to the requirements of that Act.

Find our full details about the privacy and protection of your data can be found in our privacy policy.

Read the Scottish Parliament’s Privacy Policy.