Royal Family set new guidelines to block, report social media trolls

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. Getty

On Monday, the Royal Family published a set of social media community guidelines, which aim to create a “safe environment” on all accounts run by the Royal Family, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace.

According to the new rules, the royals reserve the right to block users and delete comments that are deemed to be offensive or threatening. They also add that offending comments could be reported to the police for investigation.

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The guidelines come after recent reports of a rise in social media abuse towards the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. It was reported that Palace staff have spent countless hours deleting abusive messages from the Royal Family’s official channels.

Some of the worst comments are said to have come from rival fans of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

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The rules state that comments must not “contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence”, or “promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.”

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Users are urged to show “courtesy, kindness and respect” when using the Royal Family’s social media channels.

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