Section 7 - A Platform may amend terms of service, conditions, rules, and codes of conduct. All amendments to terms of service, conditions, rules, and codes of conduct shall be posted in an easily accessible and accurately labeled section of the Platform and notice shall be sent via written electronic or physical mail to all current End Users specifying changes not less than 90 days prior to changes taking effect.
Just as with a Detached Party declaring a bias in Section 2, this is meant to allow Platforms to change the rules without placing undue burden on the End Users. It gives the End User time to adapt but is not so unreasonable as to put a burden on the Platform. Again, it prevents rules changing overnight and then being retroactively enforced, causing punitive action against an End User who had previously been in complete compliance.
Section 8 – Any Platform which, shall, at all times, be considered, operate, and conduct business without bias as a Detached Party, shall not prohibit any actions of its End Users, excepting the distribution of sexual and/or pornographic material, offering of sexual services, distribution of illegal drugs, acts of terrorism, theft, fraud, piracy, murder for hire, calls to violence, or causing Damages or Harm as defined in Article VII.
While defining certain Platforms as Detached Parties may seem like enough, it’s not. These Platforms may still attempt to write rules dictating certain behaviors, so I found it necessary to stipulate that Detached Parties who are Platforms must remain detached.
I did include language allowing the prohibition against porn and illegal activity, but I also worded it the way I did because if I simply stated “illegal activity” the Platforms could prohibit “Hate Speech” based on the fact that it’s illegal in some (tyrannical) countries. You may be wondering why I also included porn as something that can be prohibited, even though it’s legal. That’s because there are certain legal requirements to prevent pornographic material from being distributed to minors, and some Platforms may not want to deal with that. These Platforms, when they censor, are putting ideology over business. The prohibition of porn may end up being better for their business than allowing it due to liability issues, but the banning of ideas will have minimal effect on their overall business since most End Users only know who the hosting Platform is when they go after the hosted Platform.
This section has been updated for more accurate wording and clarity at the suggestion of Firm Word.
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