Community Guidelines


  1. Introduction
    • Your use of the GCN app (the "Service") and the Content on the Service is subject to these Community Guidelines and the Terms of Use (available at "Content" includes the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, audiovisual combinations, interactive features and other materials you may view on, access through or contribute to the Service.
    • The Service is designed to be a place where a community passionate about cycling can come to share and discuss what they’re passionate about. Within that community, people from around the world and from a wide range of communities are able to express their views and share Content openly.
    • It’s important to us that everyone can participate without fear of abuse from, or inappropriate activity by, other users of the Service, and for this reason we have a set of Community Guidelines. We take our role in ensuring the prevention of abusive or inappropriate Content or behaviour very seriously and, if Content is posted that breaches these Community Guidelines, we reserve the right to remove it. We also reserve the right to suspend and/or terminate a user's account / subscription to / right to use the Service without warning for a breach of these Community Guidelines.
    • We aim to take a common sense view of Content that is reported to us, balancing free expression with the need to protect our users from harm. The consequences of a particular report may vary depending on a number of factors.
    • We ask users of the Service to share Content responsibly and to let us know when they see something that may breach our Community Guidelines. For this reason, we have created an easy to use reporting tool (which can be found alongside all Content featured on the Service) through which users of the Service can report details of any Content which does not comply with these Community Guidelines.
    • These Community Guidelines may be updated by us at any time. You should regularly check for the most recent version: the most recent version is the version that applies.
  1. Threatening Behaviour, Cyberbullying and Trolling
    • Cyberbullying can take a range of different forms and can include, for example, posting negative comments about a person or their character, posting inappropriate images or other Content about a person, or behaviour which makes or is intended to make the subject or recipient feel uncomfortable or threatened.
    • The Service is intended to provide a platform for great Content and for discussion about all things cycling: everyone is entitled to their opinion, but nobody should be subjected to bullying or threatening behaviour of any kind. Please be respectful and do not engage in ‘trolling’ or repeated and / or deliberate posting of aggressive, hateful, derogatory, inciteful or abusive Content in respect of other people or their Content.
    • In some circumstances, we may require the individual who is the subject of cyberbullying to report the offending Content to us before removing it, but this is not always the case.
  1. Harassment and Hateful Conduct
    • Harassment is when someone behaves in a way which offends another person or group of people, or makes them feel distressed or intimidated. Any Content that attempts to intimidate, degrade or abuse others, or creates a hostile environment for others has no place on the Service, and is prohibited.
    • Content that is hateful because it promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical condition, physical characteristics, or veteran status, is prohibited.
  1. Fake Profiles, Impersonation
    • Users of the Service should be able to have confidence in the Content they see and its legitimacy. Content which is intended to impersonate a person or brand is not allowed on the Service, and nor are fake profiles.
    • Please avoid engaging in any of the following (which is not an exhaustive list):
      • Content (including profiles) intended to look as though it is by (or from) a particular person or brand when in reality it is not;
      • Content (including profiles) which imitates a person’s name, username, image or other personal information to make people believe that someone else has created the Content; and
      • Content that falsely claims to be in any way endorsed or supported by a particular person or brand.
  1. Promoting Illegal, Dangerous or Harmful Activities
    • Content that aims to encourage particularly dangerous or illegal activities, or activities that risk serious physical harm or death are not permitted on the Service. If you see content that you believe promotes dangerous or illegal activities, please report it through the reporting tool.
    • Some examples of Content which may promote dangerous or illegal activities are (without limitation):
      • Content which promotes or glorifies the use of controlled substances including banned performance enhancing substances, or any substance of a kind or used in a way that is likely to cause harm to individuals;
      • Content in which people suffering from an eating disorder are praised for extreme weight loss, or which encourages others to imitate this or other behaviour which may result in danger to the health of individuals;
      • Content which shows individuals deliberately breaking the law or putting other people in danger, which glorifies these activities;
      • Content which actually or potentially induces or incites individuals to carry out particularly risky activities or which glorifies dangerous actions or actions which should only be carried out by individuals with a particular skill set;
      • Content which shows the endangerment of or harm to people or to animals, which may lead others to engage in such activities, or which endangers the emotional and physical well-being of minors.
  1. Inappropriate Content
    • Content which is inappropriate (whether inherently or because of the context in which it is shared) is not allowed on the Service. Some examples of Content which are inappropriate are (without limitation):
      • Content which is Sexually explicit or humiliating to those to whom it relates or to other individuals or groups;
      • Content which creates or spreads false rumours;
      • Violent, graphic or gory Content or Content which is intended to shock or disgust;
      • Content which is defamatory, libellous or slanderous or which is derogatory to particular individuals or groups (for example members of a culture or religion, a gender group or people of a particular sexuality).
  1. Intellectual Property Infringement
    • We always seek to protect intellectual property rights, including trademarks and copyright. For this reason, where we receive reports that Content potentially breaches intellectual property rights, we take them seriously.
    • Only share content on the Service that you own or are otherwise authorised to share. Do not post Content which contains third party intellectual property, unless you have the right to do so. This includes, without limitation:
      • Clips of live cycle racing or other events with you have recorded from television;
      • Posting images, logos or any Content which belongs to another and which you do not have permission to use; and
      • Copying images from the internet or from another social profile or platform without the proper permissions.
    • If you see content that violates these Community Guidelines (including a profile you think is fake or Content which you think may breach the rights of you or another), please report it either directly using the reporting tools provided for in the Service.
  1. Privacy
    • You should not post personal or confidential information about others without first getting their consent, nor should you share any Content that violates another person’s reasonable expectation of privacy, for example by recording a private space without permission.
    • Whenever posting Content on the Services, you should bear in mind that people all over the world will be able to see it. Accordingly, you should not post personal identifiable information (including Content that contains private financial, medical psychological, biometric or other confidential records or official documentation) in respect of yourself or anyone else.
    • For more details about our approach to privacy and data protection, please refer to our Privacy Policy (available at
  1. Spam
    • The Service is a platform for quality content and interactions between people, and spam has no place on the Service. Spam includes (without limitation):
      • Content that is excessively posted, repetitive, promises users of the Service that they will be rewarded in some way but directs them away from the Service;
      • Content which aims to generate interactions through misleading means, scams, misleading posts, phishing or other attempts to defraud others;
      • Distributing unauthorised advertisements;
      • Spreading malware or viruses, including Content which sends users to sites that feature malware or try to gather personal information;
      • Tampering (for example, artificially inflating follow or live viewer stats); or
      • Selling or sharing user accounts.