Bright is focused on building a vibrant, diverse platform for learning. We created these rules to help shape the content on Bright, and the interactions between people around that content. Creators and participants are responsible for the content and commentary that they share. This also applies to any guests you invite.
Certain behaviors are always unacceptable and are explicitly prohibited in our Community Rules. Familiarize yourself with these rules and take them seriously as they inform how we moderate the content and interactions on the site.
If you have any questions about these Community Rules, please reach out to our Support team.
Bright reserves the right to change, add, remove, or modify our Community Rules at any time. Be sure to check back regularly for the most updated version. These rules carry over to our social channels, and any live events. If you are not sure if something would be a violation of the Community Rules, ask us!
Bright Community Rules:
Bright is a space for people to create, learn, and participate in conversation. We support a diversity of opinions, but we do not tolerate harassment or bullying.
- Harassment means speech or behavior that makes anyone feel unsafe or is disruptive. It doesn’t have to be a pattern - sometimes once is enough
- Bullying can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a user’s personal information or comments that an individual or group takes as an attack, slight, or attempt to negatively call out another individual. Bullying is never acceptable.
We currently categorize the following as harassment:
- Calling someone names or deliberately trying to embarrass them
- Unwanted sexual advances - if you flirt after someone has asked you to stop, that’s harassment
- Revealing someone’s identity or personal information (i.e., “doxxing”)
- Creating accounts for the purpose of hate or harassment
- Stalking - ignoring requests to stop contact with someone, either online or in person
- Creating multiple accounts to evade bans
- Submitting false reports against a user - we take reports seriously and ask that you do too
When and how to report harassment:
While we take harassment seriously, not all banter, jokes and nasty comments are harassment. Sometimes people unintentionally push the boundaries and it can be helpful to call them out.
Each session will have its own feel and the hosts and participants should create and maintain a safe environment. All users have the ability to report behavior that violates our community rules.
Please use the report function within the session if you see harassment happening for the fastest response.
Extremist or hateful content
Hate speech means any comment that attacks an individual or group based on characteristics including, but not limited to, their race, nationality, age, sexuality, physical appearance (e.g., weight), gender identity, gender expression, disability, veteran status or religion.
Terrorist organizations, hate groups, and extremist political organizations are prohibited from using Bright.
We will remove any content that supports terrorism, hate groups, or communicates hateful, harmful, false, or misleading information, including:
- Sharing false, misleading or harmful information. For example, creating and/or spreading conspiracy theories, perpetuating lies about public health matters, etc.
- Promoting violence or exclusion of a class or group of people
- Glorification or promotion of terrorist or hate organizations, including ideologies, prominent terrorist or criminal figures, and acts
- Content that depicts the insignia, logos, or symbols of violent criminals, gangs, or terrorist organizations in order to praise or promote them
- Claims that individuals or groups are physically or mentally inferior, deficient, or diseased for any of, but not limited to, the characteristics listed above
We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to these issues, so please do not even “joke” about it as you may be banned.
Overly violent content is not allowed on our platform. Sessions containing real life acts of violence or extremely graphic media are not allowed.
- Real-world violence is not allowed on Bright
- If you witness anything which appears to be a life-threatening situation, immediately call local law enforcement and report it to us using the report function
- No showing or promoting animal abuse
Explicit violent content is considered zero tolerance behavior and will result in a permanent ban from the Service.
We all have different ideas on what is or isn’t sexual, but we ask that everyone present themselves and behave as they would in public.
- Pornographic content is never allowed and will result in a perma-ban
- Overly sexual content or behavior that is disruptive
- Keep your shirt and pants/skirt, etc. on -- at all times you should be dressed to walk down a public street
- No underwear or exposed genitals, buttocks or nipples
- In some context we will allow certain exceptions including:
- Where bathing suits are appropriate (i.e., the beach or the pool)
- When sports clothing is needed (i.e., for sports)
- When breastfeeding children
Pornography or sexually explicit content is considered zero tolerance behavior and will result in an perma-ban. Content that is overly sexual or features excessive nudity is also not allowed.
Dangerous and illegal content
Bright doesn’t allow content that encourages dangerous or illegal activities that risk serious physical harm or death. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Any content or action that risks or causes serious physical harm to you or others
- Any content or action that promotes intentional damage to or destruction of third-party property
- Content intended to praise or promote violence and/or aid violent criminal or terrorist organizations is not allowed on Bright
- Illegal drug use (as determined in accordance with U.S. federal law), underage drinking, or any other irresponsible behavior connected with drinking or drug use during a Bright session
Other harmful or dangerous content that is also prohibited includes, but is not limited to:
- Instructional content with the intention of hurting others, for example, showing users how to steal, create weapons, or bypass security systems to steal data
- Selling or providing instructions on the selling or manufacturing of firearms and firearm accessories
- Promoting dangerous remedies or cures as having health benefits
Please note this is not a complete list. It’s at the Bright Team’s full discretion to make a judgment call on what is harmful or dangerous content.
People come to Bright to share their own personal experiences, sometimes those experiences can be difficult and we want to try our best to keep you safe:
- Do not engage in activities that might cause you physical harm. The behavior we don’t allow includes, but is not limited to, threats to commit suicide or self-harm, illegal or dangerous use of drugs or alcohol, and dangerous pranks that could injure you
- Do not encourage others to embrace self-harm or suicide. This is the opposite of supportive. We do not permit speech or behavior that in any way glorifies suicide or self-harm
If you, or someone else on Bright are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm, contact one of these services, both of which are free of charge and confidential:
- Call: 1-800-273-8255 to reach counselors at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- Text: WELL to 741-741 to text with a counselor through Crisis Text Line, or visit www.crisistextline.org
- For outside the US: http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html
There are also additional resources to help you have conversations with people who are going through a difficult time
- Suicide prevention toolkit - https://www.bethe1to.com/
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for advice.
If you see someone engaging in self-harm or believe that they are at imminent risk of committing suicide or self harm; please notify us immediately by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, although we assume no liability or obligation arising from reports made to us.
Misinformation or deceptive content that causes serious risk or real-world harm, like promoting harmful remedies or treatments, certain types of technically manipulated content, or content interfering with democratic processes is not allowed on Bright. Here are some examples of content that is now allowed:
- Promoting dangerous remedies or cures as having health benefits
- Creating and/or spreading conspiracy theories, perpetuating lies about public health matters, etc.
- Content that deprives someone of their political agency and/or human rights
- Any manipulative or misattributed content that falsely inflames geopolitical tensions or causes serious risk of harm
- Any altered or manipulated media content where the intention is to cause harm, political disruption, or damage to persons or property
Please note this is not a complete list. It’s at the Bright Team’s full discretion to make a judgment call on what is Misinformation.
Spam, impersonation, and scams
Don’t impersonate another user, notable figure or brand, create misleading information, or encourage participating in schemes.
What do we define as spam, impersonation and scams?
- Misleading session information: Using the titles, images, or description to trick users into believing the content is something it is not
- Scams: Content offering cash gifting, “get rich quick” schemes, “miracle pill” promotion, or pyramid schemes (sending money without a tangible product in a pyramid structure)
- Off-platform transactions: Solicitation and off-platform transactions are not allowed
- Comment Scams: Comments where the sole purpose is to gather private and/or financial information from users or misleadingly drive users away from Bright
- Repetitive Comments: Leaving large amounts of identical, unintelligible or repetitive comments
- Impersonation: Claiming to be a well known person or celebrity of note, widely recognized brand (Disney, Coca-Cola, etc.), creating a username similar to another Bright user with the intention of trolling them, or posing as a Bright employee can result in a perma-ban.
Unauthorized Sharing of Private Information
Bright is a place for sharing, but personal identifiable information, like financial information or home address, should not be shared. If someone has posted your personal information without your consent, you can let us know by reporting them.
Tips on how to protect your privacy:
- This is a public platform, so think carefully about where you post personal information in chat or talk about it in a session. This includes things like the town you live in, where you go to school, and your home address
- Protect your account data and don’t share your password with others. Bright employees will never ask you for your password and do not have access to passwords. Don’t be fooled if someone contacts you pretending to be a Bright employee. If you feel that your account is at risk, change your password
Copyright and illegal content
Respect copyright. Only share content that you're authorized to use. This means don't broadcast content you didn't make, or use content that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs, or videos made by other users, without necessary authorizations.
- Only share content that you have the rights to.
- Do not share any video you didn’t create unless you have specific rebroadcast rights (just because you paid to watch a pay-per-view wrestling match doesn’t mean you have the right to share it with people outside of your living room)
- Only broadcast what you created or what is permitted by the copyright owner. If a game publisher doesn’t allow broadcasting of a particular game, it’s off limits
- Don’t broadcast closed alphas/betas. You have been given a gift from the developer. Don’t make them regret it. Besides, it’s cool to see games before anyone else
- We take SWATting extremely seriously and will report suspected instances to the authorities. Don’t do it. Getting banned from Bright will be the least of your problems
Basically anything that could get you arrested does not belong on Bright full stop. If it is illegal and you are doing it on Bright, we have the right to contact and assist authorities and law enforcement to the fullest extent. Please refer to our Terms of Service which incorporate these Community Rules by reference for our complete guidelines with respect to copyrights.
Any content or behavior that sexually exploits or endangers young users is prohibited on Bright. We report exploitation to authorities we see via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in compliance with applicable law.
If you see content that suggests a young user is in imminent danger, please contact local law enforcement and report it to us.
Personal screen recording is not allowed
Usernames and profiles may not be racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, overtly sexual, contain offensive language, or be otherwise inappropriate, including “angry usernames”, like “[Insert Name] sucks”. Bright reserves the right to deny, terminate or transfer any username at any time in its sole discretion and without any liability to you.
Encouraging Terms of Service violations
If you encourage other users to violate our Terms of Service or Community Rules, your account may be penalized, and in some cases terminated.
Contest Policies and Guidelines
Bright does not endorse any contests presented on its site. Bright is not responsible for fulfilling or completing any contests you perform in broadcasts. Your contest must follow Bright’s Terms of Service and Community Rules. You are responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations including U.S. sanctions.
We want to support a healthy and safe community for all of our users. We take strong action against any kind of sexual misconduct, and we reserve the right to ban registered sex offenders and users engaged in sexual harassment.
Upholding Bright’s Policies