Terms of Service
Terms of Service

QueerSocial aims to be a safe place for people to meet and so we ask that you read understand and agree to the terms and conditions of use of our social network. The security, safety and privacy of all our members is very important to us.

Please be aware that you can end your membership of QueerSocial at any time, either by contacting us or by selecting the profile deletion option on your profile page, but you should be aware of any potential financial penalties as described in these terms and conditions.

If you decide to join QueerSocial you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern our relationship with you in relation to this website and QueerSocial. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not continue with the registration process.

Summary

Our terms & conditions cover the following points:

  • Membership conditions.

  • Acceptable use of QueerSocial.

  • Copyright, ownership and content type.

  • Privacy & Security (yours and ours).

  • Liability (yours and ours).

  • Feedback and Complaints.

  • Modifications to the terms & conditions.

Definitions

QueerSocial refers to all parts of the queersocial.net website that are accessed through the front end log in page. QueerSocial is owned and operated by Punya UK

The words 'we', 'us' and 'our' refers to Punya (www.punya.co.uk)
The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.
The term ‘member’ means anyone that has an account hosted on this website.

Age of Consent

You must be 18 years or over to register for a profile. If we discover or have any reason to suspect that you are not over 18 years of age, then we reserve the right to suspend or end your membership of QueerSocial immediately and without notice.

Inclusion

QueerSocial is a site by and for queer people which is also straight friendly. Membership is open to all that meet the age of consent requirements and that understand and agree to the “inclusively queer” ethos. In general we will only exclude people if they breach the terms and conditions or they fail to comply with our ethics. However we reserve the right to refuse and / or end membership without necessarily stating the reasons for doing so.

Standard v Premium membership

The standard membership of QueerSocial is for personal use only, but we recognise part of what the site is about is promoting and bringing awareness to queer related activities, so we do allow promotion of some activities that could be classed as “business” (provided they fall within the QueerSpirit ethos) as described below:

You may - promote free and paid for events (such as but not limited to, courses, workshops and festivals.) We reserve the right to edit or remove any activity posted on the site that we feel falls outside of the sites ethos and although we will endeavour to discuss this with you first, we hold no obligation to supply you with any reason. In the case of any disputes, our decision is always taken as authoritative and final.

You may not - use the standard profile to offer or promote any business related services such as, but not limited to, massage, healing, bodywork, tantra, counselling etc

If you wish to use the QueerSocial website as part of your business strategy, you should have an active premium profile with us.

Payments

Standard membership of QueerSocial is free. We may offer paid for additional features and profile upgrades which you can choose to purchase.

A premium profile must be paid for in advance in order for it to remain active. If payment is not made within 2 working days of the renewal date, the profile and all associated content will be disabled until payment is received in full. Continual late payment may lead to us changing your payment terms or closing your account.

All premium profiles are paid according to a minimum period (typically monthly or yearly) and if you choose to close your premium profile before the expiry of this period you will not receive any refund.

All payments are subject to the payment terms and conditions for that service or feature, which will be displayed prior to any purchase.

Use and misuse

You may not use the website for any activity that do or attempt to:

  • Perform anything that constitutes fraud or are otherwise against UK law.

  • Harm the website, people or damage computers.

  • Systematically gather data directly from the website for any purpose (such as but not limited to marketing and sales).

  • Spread libel.

  • Engage in behaviours deemed to be insightful of hatred (discrimination on age, gender, race etc).

Use of QueerSocial is subject to your reasonable behaviour. Any behaviours or actions that are deemed to be discriminating or abusive to others will result in cautionary warnings and possible exemption from the site. We do not support behaviours that are deemed to be insightful of hatred (discrimination on age, gender, race etc)

Users with a premium profile also agree not to:

  • Send unsolicited messages to other members of QueerSocial.

  • Attempt to attract attention with off topic posts in forums, groups, events and user profile pages.

  • Post false information on the website in an attempt to mislead people about the services you offer.

  • Misrepresent yourself or your services with misleading photographs.

  • Make insulting or derogatory remarks about any other professional member.

QueerSocial allows users to upload and share information such as pictures and other files. The content of any files and photos is subject to the legal requirements of your own country. We have the right to remove any items without warning or explanation if deemed necessary for the protection of the website. Any attempts to override moderation systems (such as size limits, approvals etc) will lead to immediate removal of the offending account from the system.

Content type

QueerSocial aims to be a non-judgemental adult space. This means it is okay for people to post images, videos, links etc and to engage in conversations that some may find challenging or even offensive. It is your responsibility as a member of QueerSocial to be aware of the content and theme of any groups you join. If you find content objectionable you may wish in the first case to simply leave the group or remove a member from your friends list.

We retain the right to edit or remove any user content posted on the site that we feel contravenes the terms and conditions of membership and / or the QueerSocial ethos.

Participating in groups, discussions and forums

Part of the QueerSpirit ethos is around encouraging debate and discussion and so there are various forums and groups that you can join. Some content may be moderated before going live. If any content goes against the QueerSocial ethos and the rules of QueerSocial it may not be published / may be removed.

For all discussions you should aim to follow these guidelines:

  • Debate and discussion can be “lively” but it should also aim to be respectful.

  • Avoid excessive swearing, use of hate-speech or making obscene or vulgar comments.

  • Don't break the law. This includes libel, condoning illegal activity and contempt of court.

  • Don't engage in 'spamming' others with unwanted advertising of products or services.

  • Don't impersonate or falsely claim to represent another person or organisation.

  • Try to stay “on-topic” - avoid posting messages that are unrelated to the particular discussion.

Safety

As a member of the site, you agree to look after your own safety by regulating how you use the site. We realise however that at times others may attempt to or manage to abuse their membership and so we have systems in place for you to report users and content and also to block users. You agree and understand that although we will always investigate any reports, we may not be able to share the outcome with you due to data protection laws.

Copyright

You own the copyright to all of any original content you place on the website (posts, articles, pictures etc) and you can use the privacy settings on your profile to control who can access it.

In order for QueerSocial to work as a social media site, you grant us a non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license to host any content that you post on or in connection with QueerSocial such as images, videos etc on the networks and systems we use to run our web services. This license ends when you delete that content or close your membership unless your content has been shared with others on the service, and they have not deleted it. At all times all content continues to belong to the original owner.

You agree not to use or redistribute any content on the website that is not owned by you or that you do not have the rights or permissions to distribute or share.

You are legally responsible for what you write and by submitting any comment you undertake to indemnify us against any liability arising from breach of confidentiality or copyright, or any obscene, defamatory, seditious, blasphemous or other actionable statement you may make.

This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.

The copying and use of the QueerSocial logo is not permitted without our prior written approval.

All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the website.

Privacy

We take privacy seriously and respect your right to know how any information you supply on QueerSocial is used. QueerSocial follows this Privacy policy.

As a member of QueerSocial you have control over many parts of your profile and should check and set the privacy level for any information you enter. Any items set as Private can only be seen by you and our administration team (who follow UK data protection guidelines and totally respect and adhere to the QueerSocial ethos.)

Some parts of the website are open to non-logged in members (such as event listings) so you should be aware that your user name and profile thumbnail (avatar) may be viewable by others, however no further information about you is visible in those cases.

All password protected parts of the website follow standard practice to exclude being searched and indexed by Internet search engines and other data collection and indexing systems.

Accounts and passwords

As part of the registration process an account is created for you which is linked with a username and password and optionally a link to one or more third party log-in systems. It is your responsibility to protect these details and keep them secure. The use of accounts is our way of linking activity to each member and any activity performed on the website will be directly associated and liable to the registered owner of that account.

Links to other websites / third parties

Due to the nature of QueerSocial, it will contain links and connections with other websites and services. These links are provided either by us or by members and are there for your convenience and as a part of the social networking functionality of the site. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).

Security

All parts of the QueerSocial website are hosted on servers that provide secure backups, firewalled content, internet threat detection and access controlled accessibility. Any records held by us follow UK data protection best practise.

Liability

Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.

Virus protection - although we make every effort to check all content of this website, it is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from QueerSocial. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material from this website.

All activity on QueerSocial is linked to one membership account and the registered owner of that account is directly liable for any and all activity associated with it, no matter if they were not the one using the account at the time. If you suspect your log-in details are ever compromised you should always re-set your password.

Feedback and Complaints

Feedback - We welcome any feedback around the site and your experiences here. We listen to everything said and do think about all feedback, however we make no undertaking to act on any particular feedback. You can send us feedback via email, the contact us page or via the dedicated feedback forum topic.

Complaints - If you have any complaints about another member or about any aspect of the QueerSocial website, please contact us by email to either support@QueerSocial.net or support@punya.co.uk, alternatively you can write to us.

Modifications to the terms & conditions

We may modify the terms and conditions periodically at our discretion. We will always notify you via the messaging system on QueerSocial of any changes we make. If at any point you do not agree with any of the changes we have made you may choose to end your membership with us. Continued membership signifies your agreement with the publicised changes.

Last update was : 1 September 2019