All Meetups must fulfill three basic requirements:
Be Community Focused
Meetup groups are expected to create opportunities for members to participate in the Meetup and connect with each other. Belonging to a Meetup community means sharing a purpose, goal, interest, identity, or activity.
Meet in Real Life
Meetups occur when people meet face-to-face, in real life. Meetups must be hosted in person, by an event host or member of the group's leadership team, who supports members and interacts with the community the Meetup is building.
Meetup is intended for building local community. Meetup should not be used primarily for scheduling online meetings, conference calls, or webinars across geographies. Instead, Meetup's features should be used to build the group's capacity and create opportunities for meaningful connections within a local community.
Group Conduct Policies
All organizers and members must take ownership over their safety, and must never put themselves or others in danger. We expect all organizers and members to be mindful of local laws when engaging with their Meetups.
When appropriate, Meetup encourages organizers to set guidelines for their Meetups to ensure their members are participating safely.
Honesty and Transparency: Accurately Describe Meetups
All Meetup groups and events should be accurately described in the title and description fields to allow members to make informed decisions about their participation.
Organizers must be honest in the way they conduct their Meetup activities and upfront about the nature of their group's activities, interests, membership requirements, intentions, business affiliations, and/or official organization affiliations.
Set Reasonable Expectations
Businesses and services must ensure they disclose reasonable expectations and aspirations. Meetup cannot verify promises or assurances of health cures, mental cures, or financial gains, so these are prohibited on Meetup.
Restricted Meetup Groups
Businesses, Services, Venues, Products, and Promotion
Meetup supports businesses and organizations that want to build local communities on Meetup. Businesses and brands do not have to be focused on community building in order to use Meetup, but if they start a Meetup group, that Meetup group should be. Meetup does not support groups created for the sole purpose of soliciting or promoting a business, service, brand, product, or venue.
Meetup groups are required to disclose any affiliations with companies, businesses, brands or organizations in their Meetup title or description fields. Below is a list of specific prohibitions, restrictions, and requirements for these Meetups.
One-time Event Meetup Groups
A one-time event should typically be listed as a Meetup event within a Meetup group. However, a one-time event with the potential to become a Meetup group that has shared interests and the potential for future opportunities to build member-to-member connections is allowed.
Singles and Dating Meetup Groups
Singles groups relating to a specific shared identity, shared set of values, or shared activity based interests that also aim to facilitate participation and community building are supported on Meetup. Dating services do not share the common goal of facilitating local and lasting community amongst groups of people and are prohibited.
Sexual and Adult Interests and Identities
Meetup respects anyone's choice to build a supportive community for diverse identities or lifestyles provided it is safe, honestly-informed and consensual. This includes those with sexual or adult interests. However, Meetups that participate in, or promote prostitution, or allow for any type of exploitation, are prohibited. If Meetup groups involve sexual interests, or education, organizers must abide by additional requirements for their Meetups.
Under 18 Participation
Meetup members and organizers must be at least 18 years of age. Therefore, Meetup groups should be targeted at, and only offer opportunities for, those who are over 18.
While Meetups are welcome to provide activities for families, any children present at a Meetup must be supervised and accompanied by an adult guardian.
Hate and Harm
Meetup groups purposed to organize or promote hateful, harmful, threatening, or bullying behavior, will be removed from the platform.