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The Community Guidelines aim to keep our cricket community safe and are reviewed regularly to keep pace with emerging challenges.
These Community Guidelines outline:
- What type of cricket content captured via livestreaming is not allowed on a CA website/app, and;
- What type of content is not allowed to be created and shared from Lilypad or Match Centre by users of those products.
What areas do Community Guidelines cover?
- Inappropriate audio
Sometimes a livestreamed match will pick up audio content that is not appropriate for a public audience. Noting this isn’t a complete list, examples include:
- Private conversations on the boundary
- Inappropriate language (e.g. excessive profanity, explicit or offensive themes, sledging)
- Copyrighted music playing in the background at the venue
Where possible and appropriate, the audio element of the content may be removed and the vision retained.
- Recording someone without their consent
Clubs are responsible for ensuring they have the consent of all participants in a match before livestreaming. This includes the opposition team and the umpires. For children (under 18), the parent, guardian or caregiver must provide the consent.
- Bullying and harassment
Playlists created in Lilypad and shared online with the intent to shame, abuse, humiliate or insult individuals, teams or other clubs is not allowed.
Poor performances in a match are not necessarily of themselves considered humiliating, but any commentary, memes, text or audio used to accompany specific playlists as well as other relevant circumstances (e.g. repeated posting of the same content or using slo-mo for dramatic effect) may be considered.
Noting this isn’t a complete list, examples include:
- Sharing a clip of an opposition player’s bowling action on Facebook with the quote “how useless is this player, give up the game!”
- Sharing a playlist of a particular player getting out the same way all season with accompanying text of “he’s our bunny!”
- Sharing a clip involving an umpire’s LBW decision with the intent to insult and abuse the umpire
- Content that involves graphic content, violence or can bring the game into disrepute
Sometimes events happen during a match that are not within the spirit or the rules of the game. Separately, accidents or injuries may occur in a match and the footage may be particularly graphic or confronting. Noting this isn’t a complete list, examples include:
- Fights involving participants
- Excessive arguing or remonstrating or any disrespect shown to umpires or other participants or spectators
- Severe injury or medical emergency suffered by a participant during a match
Detecting violations to Community Guidelines
The cricket community plays an important role in flagging content they think is inappropriate. If you see content that you think violates the Community Guidelines there are two ways you can report that to Cricket Australia:
- When available, you can use our reporting feature to submit content for review; or
- You can also submit a report here.
Taking action on violations
If the content violates our Community Guidelines it may be removed without notice from any CA websites/apps/social media channels and/or the Lilypad and Match Centre platform.
We will also notify the content creator and request that they remove the particular content from any other channels they have shared it on.
For content that was created in the Lilypad platform, the first time that a content creator violates our Community Guidelines they will receive a notification and simple advice on how to ensure we promote appropriate content and protect our cricket community from harm.
After one warning, we’ll issue a Community Guidelines “strike” to their Lilypad account which will have temporary restrictions of not being able to access the platform for a one-week period.
If a registered Lilypad user, or users from the same team/club, receives three “strikes” within a cricket season, their account(s) will be terminated.
We reserve the right for severe abuses of the platform to bypass the strikes system and suspend or terminate an account immediately.