Terms and Conditions
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Terms and Conditions

Thank you for visiting the First Draft website.

By using our site, you accept the following terms of use and agree to comply with them. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of, and comply with, these terms.

Use of our site includes accessing, browsing or signing up to interact on firstdraftnews.org

Following the archive of our site in January 2023, First Draft no longer maintains control over the site’s content.


First Draft uses research-based methods to fight mis- and disinformation online. Additionally, it provides practical and ethical guidance in how to find, verify and publish content sourced from the social web.


We may update our site from time to time, and will endeavor to keep all content up to date. However, we do not guarantee that any work that we publish will be free from errors or omissions.

We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our site without notice. We are not liable to you if, for any reason, our site is unavailable at any time, for any period.


Content on firstdraftnews.org refers to written words, videos, podcasts, presentations and interactive services.

We will not knowingly violate legal rights or deliberately deceive users, and will only ever publish information or comment that is to the best of our knowledge appropriate, honest and correct.


You are responsible for keeping your password confidential and we ask you not to share a password with anyone. We cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk.


Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites and we do not suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement by including the links. We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our site and will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.


Audio is available on First Draft, hosted by Soundcloud. Content is posted in accordance with Soundcloud’s Terms and Conditions.

Video is available on demand on First Draft, hosted by YouTube. Content is posted in accordance with YouTube’s Terms and Conditions.

To the best of our knowledge, we will not infringe copyright or any other intellectual property rights. If you have any concerns regarding copyright, please email [email protected]


Nothing in these terms of use excludes any liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law. To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied. We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  •    use of, or inability to use, our site;
  •       or use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.

If you are a business user, please note that in particular, we will not be liable for:

  •    loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
  •    business interruption;
  •    loss of anticipated savings;
  •    loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation;
  •       or any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programmes, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.


Content on First Draft will never knowingly infringe any copyright or licensing agreements with third parties. Any content commissioned for First Draft has been done so in good faith, with explicit usage rights agreed upfront.

Unless otherwise noted, the content on this website is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). This license permits you to use materials if you give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.


Any complaints will be treated with the utmost care and attention, please email any complaints to [email protected] and use the subject line: Website Complaint.