Block Words From Being Shared Using Blocklist

Andre Larsen
Andre Larsen
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As social media continues to evolve, it has become increasingly important for companies to provide tools for employees to share content online while mitigating risks by filtering out unwanted content. One effective way to do this is by using blocklisting terms, which allows Admins to exclude specific words or phrases from content shared from EveryoneSocial. Whether the company wants to avoid product spoilers and leaking intellectual property, filter out hateful speech, or curate a more positive online environment, blocklisting terms can be a powerful tool.

In this article, we will explore how to activate and use the blocklist to increase confidence that content shared by users is approved by the company and follows regulations.

Blocklist requirements

Keywords and key phrases can be blocked from being shared using Blocklist. However, a few requirements should be considered.

  • Terms can be single words, phrases, or whole sentences.
  • Minimum of 3 characters.
  • Maximum of 50 characters.
  • Maximum of 1000 words can be blocked.
  • Blocked terms are not case-sensitive.
  • Special characters are not allowed.
  • Mentioned and tagged profiles are included in terms reviewed.
  • Plurals, past tense, or any other form of a blocked term are not accounted for.

🔹Note: Admins can use blocked terms in share copy.

EXAMPLES:

Blocklisted Term Share Copy Blocked Yes/No
Social security number Let’s get active on social! No
Blocked terms need to be a perfect match.
Everyone EveryoneSocial is amazing. No
The term must be completely separate.
Blue The sky was #blue.

Yes

Special characters before or after the term are okay.

Hate Don't h@te change. Count it.

No

Special characters can replace letters.

POV This author's pov is welcome.

Yes

Capitalization isn't considered.

Enable blocklist terms

Add up to 1000 words to block from being shared by users or added to suggested share commentary.

🔸 This feature is accessible to Admin.

  1. Go to Admin > Settings > Sharing.
  2. Select Blocklist Terms.
  3. Add terms and phrases to block from being shared, separating them with a comma.
  4. Click Save.

Blocklist

Blocked terms are added below the entry field.

Remove terms from blocklist

Blocked Terms can be removed at any time. There are two ways to remove terms.

  • Remove individual terms by clicking the X next to a single term.
  • Clear all terms by clicking Clear All.

Blocklist

Sharing content with blocklisted terms

Blocked terms are reviewed in two locations.

Suggested share copy and blocked terms

If suggested share copy contains a blocked term, then the internal post will not publish when Save is clicked. Instead, the page will display a warning.

Your share copy contains “blocklist-term” that your Admin does not allow to be shared from EveryoneSocial. Please remove or revise the text.

suggested

🔸 Contributors, Moderators, and Admins may add suggested share copy to internal posts.

Sharing process and blocked terms

If share copy contains a blocked term, the share will not process when Share is clicked. Instead, the page will display a warning.

Your share copy contains “blocklist-term” that your Admin does not allow to be shared from EveryoneSocial. Please remove or revise the text.

share

🔸 Users, Contributors, and Moderators can not share content that contains blocked terms.

FAQ

Can I upload a list of terms?
Blocked terms are entered using the paragraph field and cannot be added by uploading a file. However, you can paste a list of terms in the field. Terms are subject to the requirements listed and must be separated using commas.
What is considered a special character?
A special character is a symbol or character that is not part of the standard alphabet or numeric set used in a given language or writing system. Special characters can include punctuation marks such as periods, commas, semicolons, and symbols such as @, #, $, %, &, *, and +. We also consider some languages to use special characters, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Will a term get blocked if a punctuation mark immediately follows it?

Yes. We block terms if a punctuation mark follows after it without a space. For example, if you choose to block the word Blue, Blue! gets flagged and the share is blocked from posting.

Do you stop different variations of a blocked word from sharing, such as h@te being blocked because hate is a blocklist?

It’s not possible now, but we are working on term variations to be included in blocklist.

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