Changes to Minnit to help keep children safe.

Hello everyone.

Today, we are announcing two new changes to the Terms of Service to help ensure Minnit’s safety:

  1. Chatroom owners are now responsible for keeping users under the age of 13 off the service. While Minnit has never allowed users under the age of 13, our previous policy was that we would handle monitoring the service and suspending these users ourselves. We are now entrusting the individual chatrooms to self-govern and prevent users under the age of 13. If you become aware of a user under the age of 13, you should immediately ban them and then contact Minnit Support and let us know, so their information can be properly removed from our systems. If you knowingly allow users under the age of 13, your chat will be removed from the service.
  2. Chatrooms that target users under the age of 18, or are owned by users under the age of 18, will no longer be allowed to upload content via Direct Message, or send links via Direct Message. Public chat links/uploads are allowed, so long as the chat is properly moderated. Please set the appropriate setting here.

These two changes are going into effect immediately. Owners, please inform your Moderators of the changes.

We are also allowing all chats the ability to disable Direct Messages if they feel this will help keep their users safe — this was previously only allowed on Community and higher. You can click here to go directly to the new “Direct Messages” menu in the Chat Settings that contains finer controls for Direct Messages.

If you have any questions about any of these changes, feel free to open a support ticket under General Inquiries, and we’ll be more than happy to discuss anything with you.

Thank you.