• Be Real

    Meetup profiles are intended to represent real people in a local area. Meetup member profiles must be honest and authentic.

    Be Honest: Intentions, Affiliations, Transparency

    All members should be open about who they are, their intentions, and their affiliations. All group and event descriptions should be accurate, so members can make informed decisions about their participation.

    Be Yourself: Fake Accounts & Impersonation

    Creating fake accounts, malicious accounts, or accounts meant to impersonate another person, is prohibited on Meetup.

    Be Respectful

    Respecting people's time, attention, personal choices, and personal boundaries is essential to creating safe and trusting communities. Be respectful in interactions with people and in content posted on the platform. Meetup monitors and restricts behaviors that are dishonest, undermine the integrity of the platform, violate personal boundaries, or serve to intentionally upset people.

    Message Respectfully: Don't Spam

    Content sent to a member that is irrelevant, impersonal, unsolicited, promotional, or repetitive is spam.

    Set Appropriate Expectations and Honor Them: Don't Tamper with Groups or Events

    Converting or changing events in a group or event, so that they no longer align with the expectations and purpose set by the organizer and leadership team, is misleading and not allowed.

    The intentions of the group should remain consistent with member expectations as set in the group description.

    Converting

    Stepping up as organizer to a Meetup in order to change the focus of the group, to close the group, to send or post promotional content, or to send or post content not aligned with the original description of the group, is prohibited. If it is your intention to change the meaning or purpose of a group, we advise that you start a new group instead. If a group gets a new organizer, the mission of that group should stay the same. Events in a group should reflect intentions expressed in the group description.

    Tampering

    Altering the content or settings of a group without permission from the main organizer, or in a way that is not aligned with the purpose of that group, is prohibited. Any use of Meetup tools or features to disrupt the group or destroy content for the purpose of undermining or undercutting the established community is a violation of our policies.

    Honor Requests for Distance: About Block and Ban Decisions

    If you are blocked, you’re blocked. Members must accept and respect any organizer’s decision to ban a member from a group, or a member's decision to block a member from contacting them. Creating new accounts to circumvent block or ban decisions is prohibited.

    Sexual Content and Nudity

    Pornography is not allowed on Meetup. Publicly shared photos must be appropriate for general audiences. Nude or sexual photos are not allowed in public spaces. 

    Nudity

    If nudity or sexuality is part of a group's identity or lifestyle, organizers must keep the group Private in order to limit access to this content to members of that group. Meetup expects leadership teams to monitor this content.

    Sex Solicitation and Prostitution

    Meetup prohibits groups that, or individuals who, use Meetup to proposition for sex, or to promote or engage in prostitution. For policies on groups that may contain such content, please see "Pornography, nudity, or sexual content" and "Mature interests that are not transparent" in Meetup groups and events policies.

    Shocking, Disturbing, and Violent Content

    Gratuitously graphic, disgusting, obscene, or violent content is prohibited. We don't allow content posted to upset, shock, or disturb a Meetup community or its members. 

    Child Exploitation

    Meetup has a zero tolerance policy regarding child pornography or anything Meetup HQ believes exploits, sexualizes, or fetishizes minors. Such content will be removed from the platform and the uploader will be banned. Meetup reports all child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

    Ask for Permission: Consent

    Meetup defines consent as welcomed communications and actions to engage with a member. Engaging with anyone in a non-consensual way is strictly prohibited. If ever in doubt, ask permission.

    Respect Privacy: Don't Post Other People's Private Information

    Posting other people's private information without their explicit consent is prohibited. 

    Members and organizers should always be mindful of privacy and use discretion when sharing any private content that belongs to themselves or to other members. For example, phone numbers, social security numbers, addresses, financial information, passwords, and government identification are considered private information.

    Be Kind

    Bullying, harassment, exploitation, and acts of hate undermine community building in safe spaces where people can trust one another. Building real relationships requires us to be more compassionate and kinder towards one another. Meetup enforces against behaviors that are threatening, intentionally malicious, or personally harmful--physically, emotionally, or mentally.

    Be Compassionate: Don't Harass, Bully or Shame

    Harassment and bullying are not allowed on Meetup. Meetup will honor requests to remove content that publicly shames or degrades a private individual. 

    Members should first contact the uploader or the organizer to request that content be removed.

    Harassment is persistent or non-consensual contact from another member. Bullying is the intentional posting of mean content for the purpose of hurting or embarrassing another.

    Meetup will honor requests to remove nude, lewd or shaming photos if the subject of that content reports it. Content targeting a public figure, organization, or anyone who has gained news attention, is not subject to these policies.

    Act with Integrity: Do Not Manipulate or Exploit

    Any attempt to use someone's insecurities or vulnerabilities for personal gain is considered manipulation or exploitation and is prohibited.

    Hate and Supremacy

    Hate speech, supremacy, or behavior that incites hate or violence against individuals or groups of people based on who they are or their beliefs, is prohibited.

    Be Safe

    All organizers and members should take ownership over their personal safety and should never put themselves or others in danger. We expect all organizers and members to be mindful of local laws when engaging with their groups. Where appropriate, organizers should also set guidelines for their events to ensure their members are participating safely.

    No Threats, Violence, or Personal Endangerment

    Using Meetup to promote, facilitate, or organize violent, criminal, or non-consensual actions that endanger anyone, physically, mentally or emotionally, is prohibited. 

    Credible threats of violence or aggression will be removed and are grounds for removal.

    Self-Injury

    Meetup does not allow any content that encourages or glorifies self-injury or encourages others to harm themselves.

    Copyright and IP

    Intellectual Property

    We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Posting content that violates another party's intellectual property rights is prohibited. 

    When provided with the requisite information, Meetup will remove or disable access to material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or remove accounts of those who may be repeat infringers. Please note that simply hosting an event around a similar topic in a shared location is generally not considered a violation of our policies.

    Reporting IP, Trademark, or Copyright Infringement

    Usage and content policies: Rules for using Meetup
  • Guidelines to help members and organizers succeed on Meetup

    At Meetup, we believe that real-life community is really, really important. When people come together, they create new possibilities for each other. Ideas spread, networks form, movements start. At its simplest, life is just better when you have people to enjoy it with.

    Meetup exists to help people grow into the people they want to be and live happy and fulfilling lives by finding the communities that will help them thrive.

    To make this possible, Meetup requires groups to meet some basic requirements.

    Offer a growth opportunity

    Meetup events should offer opportunities for members to better themselves in some way. This could mean:

    • Teaching or learning something new
    • Developing a skill
    • Meeting new people
    • Building community
    • Volunteering for a cause
    • Supporting each other
    • Increasing awareness about a specific topic
    • Encouraging a passion
    • Pursuing a goal or a hobby
    • Getting fit and active
    • Exploring new places
    • Furthering one’s career

    Host events that create real human connections

    Meetup is a platform that helps people make real-life connections—it is not a platform for only advertising sales or special promotions. Events must focus on creating an experience that adds value for attendees. This can mean learning something, playing a game together, making new friends, or enjoying each other’s company. People should leave Meetup events feeling inspired or more connected to their community in some way.

    Here are a few examples of what’s acceptable to post as a Meetup event:

    • Discussions that offer new perspectives
    • Adventures that get people out of their comfort zones
    • Hangouts that allow people to get to know each other
    • Tours that help people discover new places and ideas
    • Workshops that help people sharpen their skills
    • Group speakers that spread new ideas
    • Games that connect people through fun, shared experiences

    Here are some examples of how businesses should and should not use Meetup:

    A local bar that hosts weekly get-togethers like trivia nights or darts tournaments

    A local bar that hosts events that solely advertise daily happy hour times and prices

    A yoga studio that hosts daily group classes

    A yoga studio that hosts events that solely advertise limited-time offers

    A wine shop that hosts tasting events and sommelier courses

    A wine shop that hosts events that solely advertise new inventory or sales

    Meet in real life

    Connecting online is just not the same as connecting in real life. Meetup groups need to meet locally and in-person so that real-life communities can grow. Meetup should not be used only for hosting online meetings, conference calls, or webinars.

    Have a host present at events

    It can be a little intimidating to show up to an event where you don’t know anyone, so having a host at every event is important for making members feel comfortable and welcome. All Meetup events must have an in-person host present to help connect attendees, manage relationships with venues, and bring structure to the events. The host must, at a minimum, make members aware of the event location, and act as a point of contact during the event. If a business or an organization is sponsoring an event, the event description must identify a contact person who will be present at the event.

    If Meetup receives reports that there is no one present in-person hosting a Meetup group’s events, we may remove the group at our sole discretion.

    Be honest and transparent about your group’s intentions

    Meetup organizers must always be honest and transparent with their members so that everyone knows what to expect at the group’s events. Group and event names and descriptions must accurately convey sufficient information that allows members to make informed decisions about their participation. This includes, at a minimum, being clear about:

    • The nature of the group's activities, interests, and intentions
    • The group’s membership requirements
    • Fees or dues
    • The group’s affiliation, if the group is associated with a business, organization, or any other third party

    If Meetup receives reports that a group is not accurately disclosing any of this information, we may remove the group at our sole discretion.

    Prohibited group and event practices on Meetup

    Helping people find their crew is what Meetup is all about—however, there are a few types of communities that we cannot support on our platform due to safety, legal, or ethical reasons. If Meetup determines that your group or its events fall into any of the following categories, we may remove the group at our sole discretion.

    Meetup does not support groups and events related to any of the following themes.

    Violent, dangerous, or criminal behavior

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that could promote or facilitate illegal or violent activity, such as:

    • Buying or selling firearms or drugs  
    • Pyramid schemes
    • Acts of physical harm against other people
    • Animal abuse
    • Acts of vandalism

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that could threaten public or personal safety, including:

    • Advocating for, inciting, or making aspirational statements or threats to commit violence against any group of people, individual person, or specific location
    • Weapons and explosive-making
    • Calls for violence in response to private or public events
    • Exposure of an individual’s personal information
    • Promotion or glorification of self-harm (for example, suicide, eating disorders or substance abuse)

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that incite hate, violence, or harassment against individuals or groups of people based on personal attributes such as race, color, religion, descent, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, or a medical or genetic condition.

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that organize, promote, provide for, distribute services for, or recruit for terrorist organizations.

    Targeted to individuals under 18

    Meetup members and organizers must be at least 18 years old. Meetup groups and events must be only targeted to people over the age of 18.

    Family groups are more than welcome on Meetup, but all children present at the event must be supervised and accompanied by an adult guardian.

    Harmful misinformation

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that contain medical misinformation, including:

    • Assurances of health cures or mental cures
    • Unrealistic health, diet, and weight loss claims
    • Claims that have been scientifically disproven and that may pose a public or personal health risk

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that contain financial guarantees, including:

    • Assurances of financial gains
    • Promises of specific returns on investment

     Misrepresentation or concealed intentions

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that conceal or misrepresent the primary purpose of the group or its events, including:

    • A group created with the purpose of deliberately spreading false or deceptive information
    • A group created with the sole purpose of making a statement or sparking controversy

    Pick-up artists or seduction techniques

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that involve pick-up or seduction techniques, or wingman tactics.

    Sexual exploitation

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that promote or facilitate sex trafficking, prostitution, or any other type of sexual exploitation.

    Pornography, nudity, or sexual content

    Groups and events must not contain pornography or publicly shared nude or sexual photos.

    If nudity or sexuality is part of a group’s identity or lifestyle, organizers must keep the group private in order to limit access to this content to members of that group. Meetup expects organizers to monitor this content.

    Mature interests that are not honest and transparent

    Mature interest groups must follow additional requirements. In the group description, organizers must clearly describe rules of participation and informed consent, be clear and explicit about activities that will occur, and outline safety considerations. Mature interest groups must always have their group visibility settings set to private.

    Legal or medical services

    Groups must not contain content or promote events that involve regulated services provided by licensed medical or legal professionals. Meetup does not validate professional credentials or licenses.

     A doctor or nurse that offers a healthcare procedure

    ✘ A lawyer that offers assistance filing for divorce

    However, groups and events focused on group activities promoted by these professionals are allowed.

    A therapist who organizes a mutual support group for people with anxiety

     A health professional who organizes a weight loss support group

    Meetup groups and events policies
  • Meetup communities thrive when you show up IRL to do what you love — together. 

    We believe the global Meetup community deserves to feel welcomed, respected, and excited to connect with each other, whether we do that in person or on social media.

     

    Here are the five key tenets of our community on social media:

    1. Be welcoming. Cultivate a space where everyone feels safe to be themselves: a community driven by kindness — not bullying, trolling, or bigotry.
    2. Be real. Act as you would act in real life: with integrity and authenticity.
    3. Be impactful. Contribute to the discussion, and respect everyone’s time. What would you say if you were talking in person at an event?
    4. Be spirited. Show up with an openness to diverse perspectives and lively debate.
    5. Be thoughtful. Challenge ideas, not people.

     

    If your posts on social media conflict with any of these tenets:

    • Your post may be removed. You will be privately notified, warned, and encouraged to adjust your actions going forward in order to stay a member of the community.
    • If you violate any of these tenets again, we have the right to ban you from our community on all social media channels.

     


    Meetup Social Media Channels

    If you’re not yet a member of our online community, join the conversation:

    • Meetup (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook): For everyone who wants to get inspired to show up to events.
    • Meetup Support (Twitter): For members and organizers who have questions about their account, bug reports, or suggestions on how Meetup can improve.
    Meetup social media community standards
  • Respect the Original Intent: Don't Tamper with Groups or Events

    Converting a group or changing or adding events, so they no longer align with the expectations and purpose set by the organizer and leadership team, is prohibited on the grounds that it is misleading. 

    The intentions of the group should remain generally consistent with member expectations. While groups often evolve and change over time, changes should be agreed upon by group membership and well-communicated, so people can make informed decisions about their continued participation.

    Converting

    It is prohibited to step up as organizer to a group in order to change the focus of the group, close the group, send or post promotional content, or to send or post content not aligned with the original description of the group. If it is your intention to change the meaning or purpose of a group, we advise that you start a new group instead. If a group gets a new organizer, the mission of that group should stay the same. Events in a group should reflect intentions expressed in the group description.

    Tampering

    It is prohibited to alter the content or settings of a group without permission from the main organizer, or in a way that is not aligned with the purpose of that group. Any use of Meetup tools or features to disrupt the group or destroy content for the purpose of undermining or undercutting the established community is a violation of our policies.

     

    Message Respectfully: Don't Spam Members

    Content sent to a member that is irrelevant, impersonal, unsolicited, promotional, or repetitive is spam, and organizers may be blocked for spamming members. 

    The following are examples of inappropriate spam messages sent by organizers:

    • Sending repetitive or unsolicited messages to members who are not in an organizer's groups.
    • Sending messages to an organizer's own group that do not relate to that group.
    • Sending promotional messages, including promoting an organizer’s group to members who are not in that group.
    • Abusing the announcement or invite features by repeatedly inviting members or non-members for whom a group may not be relevant.
    • Creating groups, events, or accounts for the purpose of cross-promoting groups or events.

     

    Use Respectful Language

    Using profanity in an attacking, sexual way, or in a way intended to offend people, is prohibited in group and event titles, descriptions, or any other area that is publicly promoted or viewable on the platform.

     

    Be Clear & Professional: Editorial Requirements

    In order to provide a quality experience to our members, titles of groups and events are to be relevant, useful, and easy to understand. Excessive or improper use of punctuation, symbols, capitalization, spacing, URLs, or repetition, intended to grab attention for a group or event, will need to be edited.

    We consider the following examples to be excessive or gimmicky use of numbers, symbols, punctuation, repetition, or spacing: !!Dance!!!, d*a*n*c*e, DANCE, DaNcE, d a n c e, or d@nce.

     

    Intellectual Property

    We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Posting content that violates another party's intellectual property rights is prohibited. 

    When provided with the requisite information, Meetup will remove or disable access to material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or remove accounts of those who may be repeat infringers. Please note that simply holding a group around a similar topic in a shared location, is generally not considered a violation of our policies.

    Reporting IP, Trademark, or Copyright Infringement

     

    Organizer Access to a Meetup Group

    It is the responsibility of an organizer to pay for a group to operate and continue to be hosted on Meetup. Failure to pay or update payment information to renew an organizer subscription can result in allowing another member to step up and assume the role of main organizer of the group. 

    Generally, Meetup will not reinstate the former organizer of a group if the organizer loses their position and another member takes over as the main organizer. However, Meetup may reinstate previous organizers if their groups were affiliated with a registered third-party organization, entity, or company.

    Step Down Policy

    Organizer and leadership standards: Best organizer practices
  • Meetup takes member account privacy very seriously and has strict rules regarding who can access or create a Meetup account. Please know we reserve the right to suspend or remove any account, or limit access to certain features of the platform, for any reason, at our sole discretion.

    Deceased Member Policy

    If a member or organizer passes away, Meetup cannot provide access to their account, even to family members or people acting on the behalf of the estate. Meetup will work with families and honor their wishes if they choose to close accounts or groups, or transfer them to another member.

    Under 18 Participation

    Meetup members and organizers must be at least 18 years of age. Therefore, groups must be targeted at, and only offer opportunities for those who are over 18. 

    While groups are welcome to provide activities for families, any children present at an event must be supervised and accompanied by an adult guardian. 

    Criminal Record

    Meetup may remove certain members when we become aware that the member is a convicted sex offender or has been convicted of a violent, fraudulent, or dangerous crime. Meetup may also remove a member based on their criminal record, for safety, or for other concerns. Members with concerns about criminal or illegal activity should always report it to local authorities.

    Meetup member restrictions
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