Moderation Policy

BIS interactive channels pre-moderate comments. This means that comments will not be published instantly; they will first be checked by the moderators. Moderators will be monitoring the site between 9 – 6 Monday – Friday and will endeavour to process comments within 48 hours of submission.

Moderation is intended to ensure debate is fair and inclusive, and will not be used to suppress legitimate, reasoned debate about the issues raised on this channel.

We will normally approve comments for publication as long as they:

  • Respect other commenters and individuals depicted in videos. Comments should not be malicious or offensive in nature, and should not constitute a personal attack on a person’s character;
  • Don’t incite hatred on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality or sexuality or other personal characteristic;
  • Don’t include swearing, hate-speech or obscenity;
  • Don’t reveal personal details, such as private addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details;
  • Don’t break the law. This includes libel, condoning illegal activity, and breaking copyright;
  • Are reasonably concise, and don’t constitute spamming of the channel;
  • Don’t advertise commercial products and services. You can mention relevant products and services as long as they support your comment;
  • Don’t impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or organisation;
  • Are in English. Unfortunately, we do not currently have the resource to moderate comments in other languages;
  • Are on-topic. Please don’t post messages that are unrelated to this channel;
  • Are not party political in nature.

If you are aged 16 or under, please get your parent/guardian’s permission before submitting a comment. Users without this consent are not allowed to participate or provide us with personal information.

We reserve the right to suspend comments at any time. Where we choose not to publish a comment for a reason other than those listed above, we will reply to the commenter by email explaining our reasons and inviting them to make appropriate changes so that the comment can be reconsidered.