Internet censorship is on the rise. Today, you can get your social media accounts banned for disagreeing with the mainstream on health policy, how to raise children, the environment, or even a product review. Simply criticizing a company can get you permanently banned. What is worse, people around the world are now being ostracized and banned for believing in the Bible.

IRCNow is a network that the users control. To ensure this, our bill of rights does not allow network-wide censorship of speech, the press, or religion. Limiting censorship is necessary in order to have meaningful debates for how our network should run.

Our digital bill of rights states:

Congress shall not make any rules to establish an official religion or to stop the free exercise of religion; or to stop the freedom of speech or the freedom of the press; or the right of the users to peaceably gather to petition the staff.

At the same time, we recognize the need to have limited censorship. Each individual server can set its own independent censorship policy in order to comply with local law and to maintain a family-friendly network. In effect, the censorship on the network is distributed.

Each team has the right to set the type of policy it wants for censorship on its server. Each sysadmin has the power to censor any official IRCNow channels on the networks his team has claimed. He also has the power to ban any users connected to any services on his server. However, no one can censor on another team's server or another team's network.