Terms and Conditions

Our Internet Rules


  1. As an organisation that seeks to encourage the exchange of ideas and promote the values of all in keeping with our Mission Statement, we do not want our websites or other places on social media to become breeding grounds for trolls, spammers or bullies. We want to ensure we foster a safe, open, friendly space where everyone feels free to express their opinions on the issues that matter.
  2. We can not be held responsible for content found on any site or social media space where we encourage all views, where those views may be offensive in any way. Any message posted in these areas expresses only the view of the author and should not be held to reflect the view of our organisation.
  3. Our discussion groups are intended to bring together the varied opinions and views of people with a like-minded view. We ask all to respect this in accordance with the relevant issue at hand.
  4. We reserve the right to delete any view that is either offensive or otherwise not in keeping with our policy of people able to express their views without falling victim to intimidating, offensive or unwarranted comments. We will also remove content that is irrelevant to the subject matter at hand.
  5. In joining our discussion forums or agreeing to write a blog for us, or comment on a blog post, or social media spaces, you are agreeing that you will not use our website, or links to material, which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, harmful, inaccurate, abusive, extremist, hateful, harassing, obscene, threatening, racially offensive, lewd, pornographic, in violation of intellectual property rights, rights of confidentiality, or rights of privacy,  invasive of a person’s privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. You must not post messages that are vulgar, crude, sexist, racist, homophobic or otherwise discriminatory and/or offensive.
  6. We expect all to treat each other with respect.
  7. Posting a message with the intention of committing an illegal act or describing violent intentions towards other people and organisations is strictly prohibited.
  8. Please refrain from swearing, dragging conversations off-topic or holding personal conversations in general discussions.
  9. Please do not post anything which some people may find distressing, such as images/videos of graphic violence.
  10. Please refrain from posting messages, blog posts, photos or videos in another language. We are unable to be sure of its suitability for younger visitors and will delete it where we consider it necessary to do so.
  11. If you are a minor, do not post anything on AAI, please arrange for your parent or guardian to do so using their identity or account.
  12. Please note that discussions on forums and blogs are public not private communications, and in signing up to our online community you, the user, are acknowledging that your posts will be read by others.
  13. By contributing to our website or social media spaces you grant us perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive rights to publish your entry on any media. You also grant us the right to remove, move to a separate thread or board, modify, adapt, and translate that entry, and make it available to the public worldwide.
  14. AAI disclaims any liability with regard to the online discussion forums and blogs and any actions resulting from your participation in either.
  15. Any message posted on our discussion boards or blogs expresses only the views of the author of the message and does not necessarily reflect our views or that of any other person on the forum.
  16. You, the user, agree that you are solely responsible for the content of your messages and that you will indemnify and hold harmless these
  17. AAI discussion forums and their agents and employees with respect to any claim based upon the appearance and/or transmissions of your message(s).  
  18. You are welcome to contact the Chair or Secretary of AAI directly if you have concerns about any post blog or comment made if you deem it inappropriate in some way.  
  19. Please note that failure to remove particular material does not constitute an endorsement or acceptance of it by us.
  20. Do not include any copyright material without the express permission of the copyright holder. AAI does not accept liability for copyright breaches you commit, and will remove any offending entries.
  21. Please only provide links to relevant and appropriate websites. We class as inappropriate any sites with racist material, pornographic or sexually explicit material, potentially defamatory material, anything which encourages illegal activities, material which infringes copyright, sites which purely plug or promote commercial products, or sites which may offend other users. All such links will be removed.
  22. We will not be held responsible for the availability or content of any external websites or material you access through our site. 
  23. If you decide to visit any linked site, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses or other destructive elements.
  24. We do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, services or information on or available from third party websites or material.
  25. Advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are unacceptable entries on our discussion boards or blogs.  Any users posting URLs of sites excessively or in a way which could be construed as advertising are liable to have their right to post removed.
  26. You may not use the discussion forums for commercial purposes, selling and distribution of non-AAI related materials, promoting a non-AAI fundraising event, or for making a profit/for a profitable venture.
  27. Do not use AAI Blogs or social media spaces to host your own commercial company or non-profit organisation blog. This also includes political parties. We encourage you to blog about educational issues but to do so as an individual. Blogs or views on our social media spaces that are solely promoting an organisation or political party will be deleted from the site. 
  28. Please do not spam or flood the debate and discuss area. Do not post the same comment to more than one conversation or more than once.
  29. Avoid off-topic material especially in subject specific areas.
  30. Please respect other users. If your contribution to blogs or discussion forums makes other users of the service feel uncomfortable or we receive repeated complaints about your behaviours we reserve the right to revoke your entitlement to use the service and to block your account.
  31. In the event of any complaint about inappropriate use or posts or in case of legal action rising from any message posted by you, we reserve the right to reveal your identity and any other information we may know about you to comply with due process. Please also read our Privacy Policy.
  32. When using the debate and discuss area of the site please do not provide personal details, either your own or those of somebody else.
  33. We will remove any telephone numbers, emails or addresses, unless they are already publicly available (eg a box office or help line). Be aware at all times that your material is placed in public forums and anybody can read your entries.
  34. Impersonation or adopting an inappropriate or offensive user name will not be accepted on the site.
  35. Do not use multiple logins. Anyone found continuing to use multiple logins after a written warning from an AAI moderator will have their accounts suspended.
  36. If you fail to abide by these rules, you will receive an email / WhatsApp warning. If you do not receive this warning because you have not provided us with a current email address or WhatsApp account number, this cannot be accepted as an excuse for continuing to break the rules, as it is a condition of site membership that you have supplied us with a valid and current email address / WhatsApp account. If you continue to break the rules after a second warning, we will suspend your account. 
  37. We will remove any objectionable material without prior contact with the author. We reserve the right to edit, move or delete any messages for any reason.
  38. We reserve the right to terminate your registration if you break any of these rules.
  39. If a formal complaint is made against you, we reserve the right to suspend your account and only reinstate it if the complaint is resolved to the extent that your account can be reinstated. If you are a member of AAI and your account is suspended, you are not automatically entitled to a refund of any membership fee paid.
  40. Please note, for the avoidance of doubt, that a social media space can include, but is not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, or any AAI presence on any other social media service.
  41. Unless otherwise stated our community rules apply to all of our spaces so far as we have the ability to enforce them.
  42. If you have any questions about these rules or would like further information please contact our Chair or Secretary via email at info@africaawakeinitiative.com