AceShowbiz - Amid endless rumors surrounding British royal family members, especially Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, they have finally fought back the online trolls. The royal family has taken to their social media accounts to share new guidelines in an attempt to tackle offensive comments posted to official royal channels.
"Today we have published guidelines for interacting with The @RoyalFamily, @ClarenceHouse and Kensington Palace social media channels," Kensington Palace tweeted on Monday, March 4. The Royal Family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace also said in a joint statement, "We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities."
In the new guidelines, which were issued by Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace, it was stated, "The aim of our social media channels is to create an environment where our community can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions." It continued, "In order to help create this safe environment we have set out some guidelines which apply to any engagement with us or other members of the community on any of our social media channels."
In order to achieve the desired "safe environment," the royal family urged social media users not to write comments that "contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence." Additionally, the comments must not "promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age."
In the new policy, it was also mentioned that the comments must not "breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves. Be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible. Contain any advertising or promote any services."
The royal family's accounts are allowed to delete comments or block users that don't follow the guidelines. "We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law," the policy continued warning.
The royals didn't specify why they publish new social media guidelines, but it most likely has something to do with the constant rumors surrounding Kate and Meghan. The sister-in-laws have been rumored to be feuding that eventually led Meghan and husband Prince Harry to decide to move out of Kensington Palace, where they previously shared with Prince William and Kate as well as their three children.
Back in 2016, Kensington Palace made a similar rare statement after Prince Harry's relationship with Meghan went public. In it, the prince called out the "wave of abuse and harassment" which included "outright sexism and racism" that Meghan had experienced from social media users and the tabloid media.