Submission & Community Guidelines

Center for Humane Technology’s #MySocialTruth offers a space for young people (ages 13-25) to share their experiences of harm on social media and their visions for a reimagined digital future. The aim of this story bank is to collect young people’s experiences of harm on social media and their visions for a radically reimagined 21st century digital infrastructure. Stories explore how it feels to be on social media, how it feels to be off of social media, and how we might reimagine social media to awaken authentic human connection. 

Welcome! We are so glad you’re here and that you’re sharing your story. 

By contributing to #MySocialTruth, you agree to the Guidelines below and our full Terms of Use. All submissions go through a moderation process by the Center for Humane Technology, and any overstepping of these Guidelines may result in deleted content. We reserve the right to decline or unpublish content submissions based on these standards, and we will inform you if that is the case.

Tips for Great Stories

While we’re excited to receive stories and testimonials of all kinds, the stories that make the deepest impact do the following:

  • They tell a story or share anecdote(s) with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • They have specific details that are personal to you.
  • They focus on personal experience more than personal opinion. While opinions are great, they should be shared in a way that’s connected to experience.

We suggest reading a few of the stories posted in the story bank before writing your own.

Share Your Own Story

We want to hear from you, in your own voice, about your own experience. Please share content that you’ve created yourself, or that you own the rights to share. Content copied or collected from the Internet is generally prohibited. Please refer to the Terms of Use for additional information about ownership and license grant.

Do Not Advertise

This is not a platform to solicit buying or selling of any goods or services in any way. Also, please do not include links to other websites or platforms in your submissions.

Respect the Community

We encourage diverse views and perspectives, and we expect participants to be respectful of one another. 

While we want your submissions to be genuine and uninhibited, gratuitously offensive material (e.g., violence, racial epithets, sexism, graphic language, or nudity) should not be included unless it is absolutely essential to understanding the matter at hand and does not include obscene, indecent, or profane content. We strictly prohibit content that supports hate speech, violence, or threats toward any specific individual or group of people for any reason.

Don’t include personal contact details in the publicly viewable fields of your submission (your last name and email address will never be displayed publicly).

If you have any concerns about your submission, please reach out to us at