Version 2 (See VERSION HISTORY below).
Welcome to Meower! These terms outline the rules and regulations for utilizing our platform. By consenting to use and register on our platform, you agree to abide by these terms. If you do not agree with any part of these terms, you may not access or utilize Meower.
For the love of Meowy, please read this document!
We strive to make these terms as understandable and user-friendly as possible. Our goal is to present information in a clear, straightforward manner to ensure that all users can comprehend and engage with our terms without unnecessary complexity.
Scope and purpose
Meower is a privacy-focused, free, and open-source social media platform. We prioritize user privacy by abstaining from tracking, avoiding advertisement spam, refraining from selling user information, and respecting user data permissions.
Come for the community, stay for the fun
At Meower, we’re not just about social media; we’re about creating a welcoming, safe, and downright enjoyable community for everyone. Who says you can’t have a blast on social media while keeping your privacy intact? We certainly don’t! We’re thrilled to have you join us on this adventure of connecting, sharing, and enjoying the digital world without compromising your privacy. Let’s make this journey together a fun and memorable one!
Just so you understand
Our main service, app.meower.org, operates as a publicly hosted instance of the open-source Meower social media platform project, meticulously maintained by Meower Media. You can explore our source code anytime on github.com/meower-media-co.
These terms exclusively apply to the app.meower.org publicly available instance, hosted by Meower Media.
The world is your oyster; FOSS is your friend
Given the open-source nature of the Meower social media platform project, you have the liberty to establish your own instance and establish your terms of service, to which our terms do not extend. Meower Media holds no responsibility for unofficial instances and disclaims any liability for any issues arising from the use of unofficial instances.
Updates to these terms
We are committed to maintaining transparency and openness in our community. As part of this commitment, we will offer public discussions for any proposed revisions to our terms of service prior to their enforcement.
When considering updates or revisions to our terms of service, we will make a public announcement on Meower and other relevant communication channels.
Following the announcement, there will be a designated period during which the community at large can participate in discussions related to the proposed revisions. This discussion period will allow for feedback, questions, and suggestions from the community.
We will carefully consider the feedback received during the discussion period. If feasible and appropriate, adjustments may be made to address valid concerns or incorporate valuable insights from the community.
After the discussion period concludes and feedback is considered, the final version of the revised terms will be published along with a summary of the key changes.
30-Day Grace Period
Prior to the enforcement of the revised terms, there will be a 30-day grace period. During this time, users will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the changes and adjust their usage accordingly.
We are committed to notifying users by any means possible prior to the enforcement of the updated terms. This may include notifications on Meower, emails, or other communication channels, ensuring that users are well-informed about the upcoming changes.
We encourage all users and stakeholders to actively participate in these public discussions. Your input is valuable to us, and these discussions aim to ensure that our terms of service align with the expectations and needs of the Meower community.
Disclaimers and limitation of liability
Please note that these terms have been prepared with AI assistance and might not cover all legal cases, and know that Meower Media did not have legal or professional assistance during the creation of these terms. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to a member of Meower Media via [email protected].
We’re not a legal entity…
Meower is an open-source software initiative operated by a group of individuals collaborating under the alias “Meower Media”. Meower Media is not a business entity, corporation, or legally recognized organization, and does not engage in commercial activities, trade, or the provision of services for profit. Meower Media is a purely volunteer-driven, non-commercial and community-driven effort to develop and provide the open-source Meower social media platform to the public.
… and you agree to that fact
By using Meower Media’s software, services, or resources, you acknowledge that Meower Media is not a business or legal entity, and its operation is conducted on a volunteer and non-commercial basis. Therefore, any legal or contractual obligations, liabilities, or warranties associated with traditional business entities do not apply to the Meower social media platform project or Meower Media.
We try our best, but beware the risks
By using Meower, you do so at your own risk. We do not guarantee the accuracy, availability, or reliability of Meower. Meower is provided “as is”. We will not be held liable for any damages or losses arising from your use of Meower.
Nobody likes lawsuits
By using Meower within the United States, you waive your right to file a class action lawsuit against us.
Force majeure (the man upstairs has the final say)
In the event that Meower Media is unable to perform its obligations under these terms due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to acts of God, war, natural disasters, government actions, or other force majeure events, Meower Media shall not be held liable for such non-performance. Meower Media will make reasonable efforts to resume its obligations as soon as the force majeure event has ended.
Termination and suspension
These terms will apply throughout your use of Meower. You have the option to delete your account and leave Meower at any time. If you choose to do so, these terms will cease to be in effect after a grace period of 7 days.
We reserve the right to suspend or terminate accounts for any reason, whether expressed or implied, with or without prior warning. Our commitment is to enforce these terms to maintain the integrity and safety of Meower.
You must be at least 13 years or older to use Meower. If you are under 13 years of age, you must obtain consent from a parent or guardian to use our services.
In the event that the digital consent age for your jurisdiction is different than 13 years of age, your jurisdiction’s age requirements hereby supersede our age requirements.
If we discover that you are using our services without the required consent and we have reasonable suspicion that you are under 13 years of age or below your jurisdiction’s digital consent age, we will terminate your account, with or without prior notice.
Parents or guardians can authorize their child to use Meower by providing a valid email address. We will offer a tool for setting up a child account. When your child reaches 13 years of age or above your jurisdiction’s digital consent age, you may use this tool to convert their account to a full Meower account.
Reporting unauthorized use
To report a minor using our service without parental or guardian consent, please contact us at [email protected].
Simply provide the child’s account username, provide proof that the account is in violation of our minors policy, and we will take action accordingly. Reports will be handled in a professional, confidential, and timely manner.
Any and all personally-identifying information provided in your report(s) will be permanently deleted from our records after they have been reviewed and handled by a member of Meower Media’s moderation team.
To register on Meower, you must provide a username and password. You agree to secure your account, not share your credentials, promptly report any suspected unauthorized use, and respect other users’ privacy and wishes.
You can create multiple accounts (“alts”), so long as your alternative accounts (“alts”) are in accordance with these terms.
You can create multiple automated accounts (“bots”). Automated accounts must be explicitly labeled a “bot,” or we may terminate them. Please note that we will provide a dedicated tool for creating these kinds of accounts.
Use of aliases
While encouraged to use aliases or pseudonyms, you’re free to use your real name if comfortable.
Password and username caution
We’re not responsible for issues arising from using your real name or passwords from other websites.
We reserve the right to modify your username if needed for Meower’s safety.
While using Meower, you must NOT:
Your privacy rights
At Meower Media, we are committed to respecting your privacy and providing transparency in our data practices.
These rights are available to all users of Meower, regardless of their location, in line with our worldwide commitment to privacy. We respect your right to use our services without invasive tracking or commercial data sharing. Your data and information are used solely for the purposes of providing and improving our services and enhancing your user experience.
To this end, we offer the following rights:
When you register an account on Meower, we will seek your consent to process your information, a fundamental requirement to utilize our services.
We are dedicated to clearly explaining what information we collect, how we store your data, and the duration for which we retain your information, ensuring you are well-informed about our data practices.
You have the right to request a copy of your account data at any time, and we are committed to providing you with access to your information when you choose to exercise this right.
If you discover an error in your account records, you may request its correction at any time, and we will promptly address any inaccuracies.
Erase (“Be Forgotten”)
You have the right to request the permanent deletion of your account and all your user-generated content from Meower at any time, and we respect your choice to be forgotten and will assist you in this process.
We employ appropriate technological and organizational security measures to protect your data and implement data protection principles. Your data security is our priority.
We do not use close-source, proprietary methods or means to store or export your data, aiming to maintain openness and flexibility in facilitating your data portability.
Consent to these privacy rights
By using Meower, you acknowledge and agree to our commitment to upholding your privacy rights. Your content and information will be stored and processed with privacy and data protection principles in mind, regardless of your location.
How to use these rights
You are free to exercise these rights at any time by contacting [email protected]. Simply describe the right you wish to exercise, and we will assist you with facilitating your request.
Your account and the data we collect
Regarding your account, we will keep your account for as long as you wish to use Meower. If you request to delete your account, your account and all your user-generated content will be permanently deleted after 7 days.
The following is an inclusive list of all the information we collect, process, and store for the operation of our service. We will not collect any other information outside of this list as detailed below:
We collect a username to identify your account, and it will persist as long as you wish to use Meower.
Your password is stored in a hashed and salted manner for authentication purposes and will persist as long as you wish to use Meower.
We collect your email address to facilitate communication and account-related notifications. Email addresses will persist as long as your account remains active.
We collect your IP address for moderation, security, and to detect suspicious activity. IP address logs are stored for a maximum of 28 days at a time.
Session Cookies or Tokens
We use session cookies or tokens for seamless access to your account. These cookies contain only a token to resume access to our service and do not collect personal information or serve tracking cookies.
Posts or Messages
Any posts or messages you create will persist as long as your account remains active. Deleted posts will be retained for a maximum of 28 days.
Media files you upload, such as photos, screenshots, music, documents, or videos, will be retained as long as your account remains active. Deleted media will be retained for a maximum of 28 days.
Records of communication channels, including group chats, direct messages, subscribed communities, and followed discussions, will be retained as long as you remain subscribed to them.
User Settings and Preferences
Records of your settings and preferences will persist as long as your account remains active.
Followed or Blocked Users
Records of any other Meower users you follow or block will be retained as long as your account remains active.
Multi Factor Authentication Devices
If you choose to enable multi factor authentication, we may collect information related to your authorized device(s) for enhanced security.
Account Access Logs
We retain logs of account access to monitor and enhance security. These logs include information such as login timestamp, device used, multi-factor method, email address and IP addresses.
These details provide a comprehensive understanding of our data collection and retention practices to ensure your privacy and security while using our service.
Protecting your rights & resisting legal requests
Meower Media will make reasonable efforts to comply with data protection laws and regulations and to resist legal requests for user data or information that may compromise your privacy rights, to the extent allowed by applicable laws and regulations. However, please recognize that we may be legally obligated to comply with certain requests, such as court orders or warrants, in cases that do not jeopardize the investigation or compromise legal requirements.
By using Meower, you are solely responsible for any user-generated content posted on our platform, and you grant Meower Media and other Meower users the right to view and interact with your content on our platform.
You will retain ownership of your content, and you may delete your content at any time.
User-generated content disclaimer
It’s important to note that other Meower users may have copied or saved your content, which we are not responsible for. Meower Media reserves the right to delete, modify, or restrict access to content if needed to comply with copyright or legal requests or to protect Meower and its users.
Please be aware that in the event of moderator actions or content reports, we will retain a permanent record of such content for administrative, legal, or investigative purposes.
For accounts that remain inactive for a period of 2 years, we have a retention policy in place. To ensure account owners are informed, we will send a notification during the last 14 days of the 2-year inactivity period. After 14 days have passed since the notification, we will schedule the account for deletion 7 days afterward.
A notification will be sent to the email address associated with the inactive account during the last 14 days of the 2-year inactivity period. This notification provides account owners with information about the upcoming deletion and the opportunity to prevent it by logging into the account.
After 14 days have passed since the notification, the account will be scheduled for deletion 7 days afterward.
After the entire 2-year inactivity period has expired (with respect to the 14 days after the initial notification), one final notification will be sent to the account owner stating that the account will be permanently deleted 7 days later. This provides a final opportunity for the account owner to prevent deletion by logging in.
If the user logs back in during the 2-year inactivity period or after the final notification, the deletion request will be aborted, and the account will remain active.
If the user logs back in after the 2-year inactivity period (with respect to the 14 days after the initial notification), the account will permit access but will be permanently deleted after an additional 7 days.
The data associated with inactive accounts slated for deletion adheres to all aforementioned items in our data collection and retention policy.
Our retention policy, coupled with notifications, ensures that we are only storing data that is actively contributing to the Meower community. If you have concerns or wish to prevent your account from being marked for deletion, simply log in to your account within the 2-year inactive period.
Third party services
To enhance the functionality, security, and performance of Meower, we utilize the following third-party services:
We use Cloudflare to provide efficient and secure access to our platform. Cloudflare’s services include content delivery network (CDN), DDoS protection, and web application firewall (WAF) to safeguard Meower and its users from advanced web attacks.
We utilize IPHub to identify and block malicious networks and known malicious VPNs, enhancing the overall security of Meower.
These third-party services play a crucial role in ensuring a secure and reliable environment for Meower users. While we carefully choose and work with reputable service providers, we recommend reviewing the privacy policies of Cloudflare and IPHub to understand how they handle data.
Access to user data by authorized individuals
At Meower, we prioritize user privacy and data security. To ensure the smooth operation of our platform and community, authorized individuals (strictly Meower moderators and administrators) may access certain user data on a need-to-know basis. This access is granted for specific purposes, such as content moderation and user support.
The data that may be accessed includes, but is not limited to:
- User-generated content, including posts, messages, and comments.
- Communication history, such as direct messages, group chats, and discussion threads.
- User account information, including usernames and registration details.
This access is granted to authorized individuals to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all Meower users. We take data protection and privacy seriously, and access to user data is strictly controlled and monitored.
Intellectual property rights
Meower Media, the Meower social media platform project, and its associated assets, including logos, designs, and branding are owned by the individuals operating Meower Media.
Meower Media follows open-source licensing principles for its software and other assets. Users are encouraged to review and comply with the individual licenses associated with these assets. These terms and conditions are available in the project’s documentation.
Any unauthorized use, reproduction, or modification of Meower Media assets is strictly prohibited, except as explicitly allowed by the assets’ open-source licenses. This includes, but is not limited to, the source code, designs, and branding. (We’re pretty lenient about this. Unless you try to do something very illegally or morally wrong, we honestly don’t care what you do.)
We entrust our users to respect the copyright and trademark rights associated with Meower Media and its assets. The use of these assets should be in accordance with applicable laws and licenses.
Copyright claims and infringement policy
Meower Media respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects our users to do the same. All content and materials provided by Meower are protected by open-source licenses as specified in the individual components’ documentation. You may use our services and materials in compliance with the applicable licenses.
If you need to file a copyright claim, please contact [email protected]. Provide your organization’s name, valid email address, a link to the content in violation of your intellectual property rights, and proof of copyright ownership.
If you are found victim to a copyright claim, you may also contact [email protected], providing the victim account’s username, a valid email address, a link to the claim report, and provide your counterclaim.
We will review all requests in a timely and confidential manner. Depending upon our rulings, we may either agree to take down the offending content and/or terminate accounts, or refuse the claim/counterclaim.
We will make a best-effort attempt to handle copyright claims in a timely and confidential manner. We reserve the right to refuse any and all future claims in the event that we suspect that you are abusing copyright claims, or ignoring fair use laws.
Governing law / service provider, data storage and processing location, international data backup / replication policy
Meower is provided by and maintained by the individuals operating Meower Media. By using Meower, you agree that your content and information may be stored and processed within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where Meower is hosted and operated.
By using Meower, you acknowledge and agree that Meower Media may backup or replicate data, including user data, internationally for the purpose of data redundancy and system stability. This means that your data may be stored in multiple locations around the world to ensure its availability and integrity. By using our services, you consent to this international data replication. We take reasonable measures to secure and protect your data during backup and replication processes.
As of the time of writing this revision of our terms, Meower Media currently does not replicate or backup user data internationally. All user content and data currently resides within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This section regarding international data backup/replication is reserved for future use.
In the event of any legal disputes or concerns related to your use of Meower, we encourage you to first seek resolution through open and constructive communication with Meower Media. If a dispute remains unresolved, you may contact our designated dispute resolution contact:
Mike J. Renaker
Please be aware that Meower Media and its designated contact are not legal professionals or a formal legal entity. Their role is to facilitate and explore amicable resolutions to disputes. By engaging in the dispute resolution process with our designated dispute resolution contact, you acknowledge that Meower Media is not a business entity or a legal organization.
Email support response time and availability
Meower Media strives to provide email support to our users and community members to the best of our abilities. However, please be aware that Meower Media is a volunteer-driven project, and our response times may vary based upon the availability and commitments of our contributors.
We will make reasonable efforts to reply to your emails and support inquiries within 30 days. Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee specific response times or responses to every inquiry due to our volunteer-based structure.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work diligently to assist you with your questions and concerns. We value your feedback and contributions to our project and will do our best to address your needs within our available resources.
Your support and engagement are crucial to the success of Meower, and we thank you for being a part of our community.
Technical support, business enquiries, questions, comments, complaints, or requests
Please reach out to [email protected], or feel free to contact a member of Meower Media within Meower at any time.
Initial draft: September 18, 2023
Last updated: December 8, 2023.
Effective: December 8, 2023
These terms were rewritten from the ground up to clearly explain our policies for our community.
Initial draft: January 7, 2022.
Last updated: November 13, 2022.
Effective: January 7, 2022.
You may view the latest revision of this version on the Internet Archive.
You can also view the archived Scratch forums version here.
Terms of service last updated: June 3, 2021.
You may view the latest revision of this version on the Internet Archive.