Be Real 
Meetup profiles are intended to represent real people in a local area. Meetup member profiles must be honest and authentic.

Be Honest: Intentions, Affiliations, Transparency 
All members should be open about who they are, their intentions, and their affiliations. All Meetup group and event descriptions should be accurate, to allow members to make informed decisions about their participation.

Be Yourself: Fake Accounts & Impersonation 
Creating fake accounts, malicious accounts, or accounts meant to impersonate another person, is prohibited on Meetup.

Be Respectful 
Respecting people's time, attention, personal choices, and personal boundaries is essential to creating safe and trusting communities. Be respectful in interactions with people and in content posted on the platform. Meetup monitors and restricts behaviors that are dishonest, undermine the integrity of the platform, violate personal boundaries, or serve to intentionally upset people.

Message Respectfully: Don't Spam 
Content sent to a member that is irrelevant, impersonal, unsolicited, promotional, or repetitive is spam, and organizers may be blocked for spamming members.

Set Appropriate Expectations and Honor Them: Don't Tamper with Meetups 
Converting or changing events in a Meetup or a Meetup group so that they no longer align with the expectations and purpose set by the organizer and leadership team is misleading and not allowed.

Honor Requests for Distance: About Block and Ban Decisions
If you are blocked, you’re blocked. Members must accept and respect any organizer’s decision to ban a member from a group, or a member's decision to block a member from contacting them. Creating new accounts to circumvent block or ban decisions is prohibited.

Nude and Sexual Content 
Sexually-explicit images and pornography are not allowed on Meetup. Non-sexual nude and racy images are generally allowed provided they are shared privately in contextually-appropriate communities, and not on public areas of the platform.

Shocking, Disturbing, and Violent Content 
Gratuitously graphic, disgusting, obscene, or violent content is prohibited. We don't allow content posted to upset, shock, or disturb a Meetup community or its members.

Ask for Permission: Consent 
Meetup defines consent as welcomed communications and actions to engage with a member. Engaging with anyone in a non-consensual way is strictly prohibited. If ever in doubt, ask permission.

Respect Privacy: Don't Post Other People's Private Information 
Posting other people's private information without their explicit consent is prohibited.

Be Kind 
Bullying, harassment, exploitation, and acts of hate undermine community building in safe spaces where people can trust one another. Building real relationships requires us to be more compassionate and kinder towards one another. Meetup enforces against behaviors that are threatening, intentionally malicious, or personally harmful--physically, emotionally, or mentally.

Be Compassionate: Don't Harass, Bully or Shame 
Harassment and bullying are not allowed on Meetup. Meetup will honor requests to remove content that publicly shames or degrades a private individual.

Act with Integrity: Do Not Manipulate or Exploit 
Any attempt to use someone's insecurities or vulnerabilities for personal gain is considered manipulation or exploitation and is prohibited.

Hate and Supremacy 
Hate speech, supremacy, or behavior that incites hate or violence against individuals or groups of people based on who they are or their beliefs, is prohibited.

Be Safe 
All organizers and members should take ownership over their personal safety and should never put themselves or others in danger. We expect all organizers and members to be mindful of local laws when engaging with their Meetups. Where appropriate, organizers should also set guidelines for their Meetups to ensure their members are participating safely.

No Threats, Violence, or Personal Endangerment 
Using Meetup to promote, facilitate, or organize violent, criminal, or non-consensual actions that endanger anyone, physically, mentally or emotionally, is prohibited.

Meetup does not allow any content that encourages or glorifies self-injury or encourages others to harm themselves.

Copyright and Intellectual Property 
We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Posting content that violates another party's intellectual property rights is prohibited.

All Meetups must fulfill three basic requirements: 

1. Be Community Focused 
Meetup groups are expected to create opportunities for members to participate in the Meetup and connect with each other. Belonging to a Meetup community means sharing a purpose, goal, interest, identity, or activity.

2. Meet in Real Life 
Meetups occur when people meet face-to-face, in real life. Meetups must be hosted in person, by an event host or member of the group's leadership team, who supports members and interacts with the community the Meetup is building.

3. Be Local 
Meetup is intended for building local community. Meetup should not be used primarily for scheduling online meetings, conference calls, or webinars across geographies. Instead, Meetup's features should be used to build the group's capacity and create opportunities for meaningful connections within a local community.

Group Conduct Policies 

Be Safe 
All organizers and members must take ownership over their safety, and must never put themselves or others in danger. We expect all organizers and members to be mindful of local laws when engaging with their Meetups.

When appropriate, Meetup encourages organizers to set guidelines for their Meetups to ensure their members are participating safely.

Honesty and Transparency: Accurately Describe Meetups 
All Meetup groups and events should be accurately described in the title and description fields to allow members to make informed decisions about their participation.

Organizers must be honest in the way they conduct their Meetup activities and upfront about the nature of their group's activities, interests, membership requirements, intentions, business affiliations, and/or official organization affiliations.

Set Reasonable Expectations 
Businesses and services must ensure they disclose reasonable expectations and aspirations. Meetup cannot verify promises or assurances of health cures, mental cures, or financial gains, so these are prohibited on Meetup.

Restricted Meetup Groups 

Businesses, Services, Venues, Products, and Promotion 
Meetup supports businesses and organizations that want to build local communities on Meetup. Businesses and brands do not have to be focused on community building in order to use Meetup, but if they start a Meetup group, that Meetup group should be. Meetup does not support groups created for the sole purpose of soliciting or promoting a business, service, brand, product, or venue.

Meetup groups are required to disclose any affiliations with companies, businesses, brands or organizations in their Meetup title or description fields. Below is a list of specific prohibitions, restrictions, and requirements for these Meetups.

One-time Event Meetup Groups 
A one-time event should typically be listed as a Meetup event within a Meetup group. However, a one-time event with the potential to become a Meetup group that has shared interests and the potential for future opportunities to build member-to-member connections is allowed.

Singles and Dating Meetup Groups 
Singles groups relating to a specific shared identity, shared set of values, or shared activity based interests that also aim to facilitate participation and community building are supported on Meetup. Dating services that do not share the common goal of facilitating local and lasting community amongst groups of people are generally prohibited.

Sexual and Adult Interests and Identities 
Meetup respects anyone's choice to build a supportive community for diverse identities or lifestyles provided it is safe, honestly-informed and consensual. This includes those with sexual or adult interests. However, Meetups that participate in, or promote prostitution, or allow for any type of exploitation, are prohibited. If Meetup groups involve sexual interests, or education, organizers must abide by additional requirements for their Meetups.

Under 18 Participation 
Meetup members and organizers must be at least 18 years of age. Therefore, Meetup groups should be targeted at, and only offer opportunities for, those who are over 18.

While Meetups are welcome to provide activities for families, any children present at a Meetup must be supervised and accompanied by an adult guardian.

Hate and Harm 
Meetup groups purposed to organize or promote hateful, harmful, threatening, or bullying behavior, will be removed from the platform.

Respect the Original Intent: Don't Tamper with Meetups 
Converting a Meetup group, changing Meetup events, or adding Meetup events, so they no longer align with the expectations and purpose set by the organizer and leadership team, is prohibited on the grounds that it is misleading.

Use Respectful Language 
Using profanity in an attacking, sexual way, or in a way intended to offend people, is prohibited in Meetup titles, descriptions, or any other area that is publicly promoted or viewable on the platform.

Be Clear & Professional: Editorial Requirements 
In order to provide a quality experience to our members, titles of Meetups are to be relevant, useful, and easy to understand. Excessive or improper use of punctuation, symbols, capitalization, spacing, URLs, or repetition, intended to grab attention for a Meetup, will need to be edited.

Organizer Access to a Meetup Group 
It is the responsibility of an organizer to pay for a Meetup group to operate and continue to be hosted on Meetup. Failure to pay or update payment information to renew an organizer subscription can result in allowing another member to step up and assume the role of main organizer of the group.

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