Commenting – House Rules

The stories we publish often spark conversation amongst readers, which is enabled through our commenting system. However, there are some basic rules that must be followed to make sure the website remains enjoyable for all users.

• The views/opinions expressed in comments are solely those of the author and do not represent those of Island Echo.

• Pseudonym names are permitted but a real email address must be provided. Any comments that are deemed to be unattributable to a real individual will be removed.

• Abusive or threatening language will not be tolerated under any circumstance and any comments will be removed.

• Island Echo reserves the right to remove any comments, without notice, that are deemed to be defamatory or otherwise legally challenging, or unrelated to the article, or contain commercial links, or do not meet the needs of Island Echo as a business which includes unfair criticism.

• Commenting will remain open for all stories on the website – including breaking news incidents – but may be restricted where there is a legal or other reason to do so, as determined by the Editor.

Please note that an automatic comment moderation system is used. If a specific keyword is identified then the comment is flagged for moderation. It is not possible to exclude all comments automatically as the context is important.

A report & flagging system is also used. If you see a comment which is unacceptable, hover over the comment and click the red flag on the right hand side. This allows a specific comment to be immediately flagged for the attention of moderators.

Our moderation team do not work 24 hours a day. Comments will be removed at the earliest opportunity.

By submitting a comment on the Island Echo website you agree to abide by these house rules.

Last updated June 2020

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