People Magazine
Updated Mar 04, 2019 @ 1:16 pm
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In a groundbreaking move, the palace has released official guidelines for how to interact with the royal family’s official social media accounts. In a statement on Monday, March 4th, the palace wrote, “We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities.” The move comes after months of social media abuse directed at members of the royal family, specifically towards Meghan Markle.

The new guidelines, which were shared across the social media channels run by the British Royal Family, Clarence House and Kensington Palace, 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.”

They must not “promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.” And comments should not “breach any of the terms of any of the social media platforms themselves, be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible or contain any advertising or promote any services.”

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The palace goes on to say that they “reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these 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.”

Last month, five friends who form an essential part of Meghan’s inner circle spoke with PEOPLE to “stand up against the global bullying we are seeing and speak the truth about our friend.”

When Harry first went public with his relationship with Meghan back in 2016, he released a rare public statement slamming what he called the racist and sexist abuse she had endured since her relationship with him was revealed.