We invite you to share your thoughts with us on Meta.
- What are we updating now?
Legislative Reforms: As mentioned above, we have witnessed a series of legislative advancements regarding the regulations of online platforms. The European Union’s Digital Services Act, United Kingdom’s Online Safety Bill, and EU Anti-Terrorist Regulation, have established a series of compliance requirements for platforms that apply to any platform with a substantial number of users in the European Union in order to help protect the public. These requirements include rules against spreading misinformation and processes to address illegal content. Wikimedia communities already are hard at work addressing these issues every day, but it’s important that we have website terms that meet the requirements of the law. For example, under these new laws, the Foundation is mandated to introduce an updated way to receive complaints from users, including explaining options to appeal the results of a Foundation action. The proposed ToU changes align the projects with these new applicable laws.
CC BY-SA 4.0: The update will also upgrade the Wikimedia projects’ default license to CC BY-SA 4.0, an upgrade that has been long-requested from the community since its approval in 2016. The 4.0 version of the license significantly improves readability, offers flexibility for people remixing content in new formats, allows external CC BY-SA 4.0 text content to be added to the Wikimedia projects, and has a much better international structure with fully translated versions of the license in over forty languages.
Proposal for better addressing undisclosed paid editing: The Foundation intends to strengthen its tools to support existing community policies against marketing companies engaged in systematic, undisclosed paid editing campaigns. The proposed changes aim to introduce new dispute resolution options to more efficiently address bad actors who disrupt the projects through undisclosed paid editing.
Wording updates: The updates also include a handful of semantics updates and new hyperlinks to existing policies.
To see all the proposed changes and a more detailed explanation for why we’re doing them and how community comments can help improve the document, please see the project page on Meta-wiki.
- What Next? Are these Proposed Changes Binding?
Unlike several other digital platforms that introduce unilateral updates to their terms, these ToU updates will happen collaboratively. We are presenting a draft of proposed changes to kick off discussions with you, which you can review on Meta. We will also be holding conversation hours to answer any questions and discuss proposed changes in more depth. Dates, times and links are available on the Meta project page.
In order to make this process as inclusive as possible for our global community, we have prepared translations of the proposed changes in nine different languages and will be working with staff members and volunteers to translate comments to the greatest extent we can. Because most of the Foundation lawyers are required to practice law in California, responses are likely to mostly occur in English and during Pacific Time Zone working hours.
Throughout the comment period, we will be integrating your feedback and discussing revisions with you. When the comment period is complete, we will publish the finalized version of the ToU in several languages. We also plan to add further language translations in the next fiscal year.
The Foundation legal team welcomes your feedback and invites Wikimedians across the globe to participate in the conversation to enable us to produce a comprehensive and sound update to the ToU.
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