Terms of Service
Your access to the FIFTH ESTATE PRESS PLATFORM, including the website and any associated apps, ('the Platform') is conditional upon your acceptance of and compliance with all terms, conditions, notices and disclaimers contained in this Terms of Service notice and anywhere else on the Platform ('the Terms'). Your access to the Platform constitutes your agreement to the Terms. FIFTH ESTATE PRESS reserves the right to change the Terms at any time, and you should check them from time to time for that reason.
5TH ESTATE PRESS does not warrant that the Platform will be uninterrupted or error-free.
All data and information provided on the Platform is for informational purposes only. FIFTH ESTATE PRESS makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on the Platform and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis without express or implied warranty of any kind.
FIFTH ESTATE PRESS disclaims (to the full extent allowable by law), all warranties with regard to this information, including any advertisements, and all implied warranties as to merchantability or fitness for use.
Any 3rd party content published on the Platform, including but not limited to, audio and video material, member posts, stories and comments and any advertising content, does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of FIFTH ESTATE PRESS itself, nor does it constitute an endorsement by FIFTH ESTATE PRESS of the opinion of the author or the factual accuracy of the content.
3rd party content on the Platform is not moderated, however FIFTH ESTATE PRESS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to delete content which goes against the Code of Conduct (see section 4).
Although the Platform may include links providing direct access to other Internet resources, including websites, FIFTH ESTATE PRESS is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained on these sites. Links from the Platform to 3rd party sites do not constitute an endorsement by FIFTH ESTATE PRESS of the parties or their products and services. The appearance on the Platform of advertisements and product or service information does not constitute an endorsement by FIFTH ESTATE PRESS, and FIFTH ESTATE PRESS has not investigated the claims made by any advertiser. Product information is based solely on material received from suppliers.
3. Take Down Requests
If you object to anything published on the Platform for any legally valid reason, you should contact the Platform administrator using the "Contact Us" page, with the subject line clearly marked "TAKE DOWN REQUEST", providing all relevant information and links to enable us to assess your complaint.
4. Code of Conduct
Core principles of the code of conduct are as follows:
4.1 THREATS & CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
The platform must not be used to make threats of harm against any individuals or groups or to engage, or conspire to engage in criminal activity, including hacking and spreading computer viruses.
The use of the platform for pornography is expressly banned. Lewd images will be deleted and anything which may be exploitative or illegal will be reported to the relevant authorities.
There will be no bans on specific words, but we expect members to be civil when differences of opinion crop up.
4.4 PRIVATE INFORMATION AND DOXXING
There should be no sharing of the sensitive, private, personal or identifying information of others (sometimes known as "doxxing") without express written permission from the person whose information you are sharing.
Members should not post or transmit any material which itself, or in a manner which, violates or infringes upon copyrights unless you have first obtained the express permission of the relevant right holder.
4.6 MARKETING & SPAM
Members may not use the platform for marketing products and services unless this is done with permission from FIFTH ESTATE PRESS Admin in the form of sponsored posts (a feature which we have yet to develop).
Members are expected to be tolerant of the choices of others in religion, sexuality and cultural practices. This does not preclude criticising ideologies or cultural practices, which is something we allow and encourage, and does not preclude taking a principled position on something you see as immoral or criminal, but it does not give you the right to vilify or condemn people you disagree with.
4.8 "ISLAMOPHOBIA" & ETHNO-NATIONALISM
Many people these days oppose immigration of Muslims or wish to have Muslims expelled from their countries. This platform does not welcome publication of content along these lines. This does not mean you are not free to criticise the ideology and cultural practices of Islam (or any religion), however there is a line between intelligent criticism and vilification. We expect you to understand and respect that line.
4.9 TROLLS NOT WELCOME
FIFTH ESTATE PRESS provides an environment for serious, sincere discussion. Those who would use the platform to provoke, denigrate or troll individuals or groups are not welcome. If you find a post offensive, please use the contact us page to send us a link to the post.
Potentially defamatory posts may be removed at the sole discretion of our administrators, and members who persist in posting such material may have their accounts restricted. In assessing whether a post is defamatory we use standard legal interpretations found in modern democratic societies.
Although the administrators may sometimes remove content, FIFTH ESTATE PRESS does not moderate content generally and assumes no legal liability for any content posted to the platform.
5. Chat Service
Fifth Estate Press provides a private chat service which you are welcome to use with the following caveats:
5.1 CODE OF CONDUCT & DISCLAIMERS
All previous disclaimers and the code of conduct apply equally to chat threads.
5.2 BETA TESTING ISSUES
As the chat system is currently in a beta testing phase, there is a possibility that you may you may lose information, so please use with caution.
Although the connection is encrpyted, the data is currently stored in our server in an unencrypted format. This means that if the server were hacked your private data could be exposed. We apply all normal security precautions to prevent this happening, but we recommend not sharing sensitive personal information in chat at this time. At a later stage we may start to encrypt private messages in the database and we will let you know if and when that has been achieved.
5.4 PURPOSE OF USAGE
As the server currently runs on the cheapest tier of network services from our cloud provider, we ask that you limit the use of the chat system to discussion of relevant topics on the platform and not for personal chit chat, for which there are many great free platforms you can use.
6. Not a Free Service
For a limited time we are offering all features of the platform to new members at no cost, however FIFTH ESTATE PRESS should not be considered to be a free service. When companies purport to provide social media platforms for free the truth is that the customer usually becomes the "product", through the sale of private data and demographic metrics to advertisers and government surveillance agencies. FIFTH ESTATE PRESS will never operate in this manner, and we are sure that you will see the value in paying a modest subscription fee in return for the high quality service we provide, knowing that your information will never be exploited by us.
FIFTH ESTATE PRESS accepts no responsibility for your actions if you act contrary to any of these Terms, and you agree by accessing the Platform to indemnify and hold harmless FIFTH ESTATE PRESS and its employees, officers, agents and contractors from and against all actions, proceedings, suits, claims and demands brought or made against FIFTH ESTATE PRESS by any person arising from or in consequence of such an action, and from and against any damage, loss, cost or expense suffered or incurred by FIFTH ESTATE PRESS as a direct or indirect consequence thereof.
8. Refund Policy
We offer a full money-back guarantee for annual subscription purchases made on our website. If you are not satisfied with the product that you have purchased from us, you can get your money back no questions asked. You are eligible for a full reimbursement within 3 calendar days of your purchase.
After the 3-day period you will no longer be eligible and won't be able to receive a refund. We encourage you to try the subscription in the first 3 days after your purchase to ensure it fits your needs.
We value your trust in providing us your personal information, thus we are striving to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
9.1 PRIVACY PRINCIPLES
We adhere to the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). This policy sets out how we collect and treat your personal information.
9.2 COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
"Personal information" is information we hold which is identifiable as being about "you". FIFTH ESTATE PRESS will, from time to time, receive and store personal information, you enter onto our website, provided to us directly or given to us in other forms. You may provide basic information such as your name, phone number, address and email address to enable us to send information, provide updates and process your product or service order. We may collect additional information at other times, including but not limited to, when you provide feedback, when you provide information about your personal or business affairs, change your content or email preference, respond to surveys and/or promotions, provide financial or credit card information, or communicate with our customer support.
Additionally, we may also collect any other information you provide while interacting with us.
9.3 HOW WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
9.4 USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
FIFTH ESTATE PRESS may use personal information collected from you to provide you with information, updates and our services. We may also make you aware of new and additional products, services and opportunities available to you. We may use your personal information to improve our products and services and better understand your needs.
9.5 DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as
reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this Policy. Personal information is only supplied to a third party when it is required for the delivery of our services.
We may from time to time need to disclose personal information to comply with a legal requirement, such as a law, regulation, court order, subpoena, warrant, in the course of a legal proceeding or in response to a law enforcement agency request.
Information that we collect may from time to time be stored, processed in or transferred between parties located in countries outside of Australia. These may include, but are not limited to Australia and USA.
If there is a change of control in our business or a sale or transfer of business assets, we reserve the right to transfer to the extent permissible at law our user databases, together with any personal information and non-personal information contained in those databases. This information may be disclosed to a potential purchaser under an agreement to maintain confidentiality. We would seek to only disclose information in good faith and where required by any of the above circumstances.
9.6. SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
FIFTH ESTATE PRESS is committed to ensuring that the information you provide to us is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure information and protect it from misuse, interference, loss and unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.