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Our rules of play

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Our moderation approach

Members who seriously, persistently or wilfully ignore the community standards set out above or our terms and conditions will have their commenting privileges removed indefinitely regardless of whether they are a registered and verified reader of PinkNews.

Moderation is at the discretion of the OpenWeb moderation tool, and the PinkNews editorial team and we reserve the right to remove any comments that we feel breach our community guidelines in any way. We rely on our readers to flag the comments that they feel do not adhere to our guidelines and will endeavour to investigate and take action when we feel it is necessary.

We use AI software to help moderate our comments and keep our community safe.

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One more thing

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