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User comment policy for WilsonTimes.com and Times Facebook page

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The Wilson Times encourages reader feedback and provides a Facebook commenting tool that allows users who are logged into their Facebook accounts to post comments on WilsonTimes.com articles. Visit www.facebook.com to log in or to sign up for a free account.

REPRINT RIGHTS

Users who post comments to WilsonTimes.com grant The Wilson Times Co. permission to use their comments, in whole or in part, for print and online publication, including but not limited to the Talk Back feature appearing on the thrice-weekly Commentary page. Comments will be edited and may be truncated due to space limitations.

SCREEN NAMES

Facebook requires users to register accounts with their real names. However, the Times does not authenticate the identities of Facebook users who comment on WilsonTimes.com.

If a user suspects someone has registered an account under a false name or is impersonating another individual, those complaints should be reported to Facebook, which may take corrective action at its sole discretion. The Times will not be a party to any complaint regarding enforcement of Facebook's policies.

PROHIBITED CONTENT

The following forms of content are prohibited in comments posted to WilsonTimes.com and the Wilson Times Co. Facebook page:

  • Profanity, obscenity and vulgarity
  • Sexually explicit or inappropriate material
  • Libel, slander and defamation of character
  • Repeated and pervasive disparaging personal statements
  • Threats of violence, both implicit and explicit
  • Incitement to commit acts of violence or self-harm
  • "Doxxing," or posting private individuals' personal identifying information
  • Claiming to unmask or reveal the identity of a pseudonymous user
  • Plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property violations
  • Consumer complaints that reference specific individuals and businesses
  • Posting hyperlinks to vulgar, indecent or otherwise inappropriate content
  • Posting screen captures that display content published on WilsonTimes.com

The Wilson Times Co. reserves the right to alter or modify the list of prohibited content at any time.

COMMENT MODERATION

Moderation is complaint-driven. Users who believe a comment violates the Times' policy can notify website moderators by emailing editor@wilsontimes.com and including the text of the challenged comment and a hyperlink to the story where it appears.

Comments that violate the policy will be removed. Users who commit repeated violations are subject to having their accounts permanently banned from commenting.  

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