Kensington Palace has released a powerful statement for social media users interacting with the Royal Family. In their set of social media guidelines shared on Monday morning, the palace says that they are working to provide a “safe environment” online which mandates “courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities” across their platforms. The rare move happened after months of incessant trolling and abusive messages towards the royals, mostly attacking Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.
While Queen Elizabeth II seems more chill than the rest of the royals, messing up with Her Majesty and the royal family will stimulate a resolution to the problem (while donning in her signature bright-colored suit). This morning, Kensington Palace has made an unprecedented move to respond against the social media abuse that the royal members have been experiencing by setting clear guidelines on how to appropriately interact with social media channels owned by the royals.
It is known to the public that the Kensington Palace usually remains neutral and quiet regarding online coverage of the royal family (they often speak out to flatly deny specific painful news), the new set of guidelines shared by both Clarence House and Kensington Palace emphasized the relevance of building a “safe environment on all social media channels.”
The guidelines explain how the royals desire to create an online community that “can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions”. The palace also requests for “courtesy, kindness, and respect for all other members of our social media communities.”
More so, the new guidelines specified that comments on channels run by the royals must not “be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence.” In addition, comments must not “promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.”
The toughest rule set by the palace is by firmly declaring their right to make any online trolls who break their guidelines feel the consequences in a legal way by noting that they will “send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation.” Aside from this aggressive gesture, the royals are eager to delete and block any cruelty identified across their social media platforms.
While this move is uncommon from the palace, it’s high time that social media trolls and their unwanted online abuse should be battled more seriously to create a safer and nicer world for everyone.