CMA blog comments and moderation policy

This blog is published by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is a public body. Comments you make will not be published instantly and may be pre-moderated to ensure debate is fair and inclusive. Moderation will not be used to suppress legitimate, reasoned debate about the issues raised.

When responding to issues raised in this blog, please ensure (for example) that your comments:

  • respect other commenters and individuals – comments should not be malicious or offensive in nature, and should not constitute a personal attack on a person’s character;
  • avoid naming companies – for legal reasons we reserve the right not to publish, or to anonymise, posts which name individuals or companies;
  • reflect genuinely held opinions and/or beliefs;
  • are accurate where they refer to facts;
  • don’t incite hatred on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, sexuality or other personal characteristic;
  • don’t include swearing, hate-speech or obscenity;
  • don’t publicly reveal personal details, such as private addresses, phone numbers or email addresses;
  • don’t break the law – this includes libel, condoning illegal activity, contempt of court and infringing intellectual property rights (ie copyright, trademarks and patents);
  • don’t advertise commercial products and services – you may mention relevant products and services as long as they support your comment;
  • don’t impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or organisation;
  • are in English – unfortunately, we don’t currently have the resource to moderate comments in other languages;
  • are on topic and reasonably concise – please don’t post messages that are unrelated to the work of this organisation; and
  • engage with the issues discussed, and are not primarily party political in nature.

By posting a comment on the blog you are authorising us to reproduce the content of that comment.

Under 16?

If you are aged 16 or under, please get the permission of your parent or guardian before participating. Users without this consent are not allowed to participate. You may want to talk to your parent/guardian about the ideas on this website and the opinions that you want to express. Please don’t leave any personal details that might identify you (apart from in the email address box, which won’t be published anyway), and you may want to use your first or last name only, rather than your full name.

How the CMA handles complaints and information about businesses

We welcome information about practices in the marketplace, but can’t respond in detail to individual complaints. Full details of how the CMA handles complaints and information can be found on the CMA web page.