Our Comment Policy

We love to hear from our visitors and followers. We appreciate the support, questions, and even the criticism as it helps us learn and develop! We encourage conversation and the sharing of ideas.

However, we will delete a comment from the public if it is:

  • An abusive comment. All our followers deserve to feel safe when taking part in discussion, and we will not tolerate any comment that is disrespectful. This includes (but is not limited to) racist, sexist, or violent comments.
  • A promotional comment. If a comment is purely promotional, we will delete it from the comments.

We reserve the right to remove any comment from any of our platforms, without notice to the commenter, if deemed inappropriate. Please leave comments that are respectful.

If someone repeatedly makes comments that we deem inappropriate, we may block them from using our platform.

On Facebook, our profanity filter is set on high. This means Facebook “determines what to block by using the most commonly reported words and phrases marked offensive by the community.”

If you are a follower of David Livingstone Birthplace and you have encountered a comment which makes you feel uncomfortable, you can:

  • Ignore the comment – sometimes it is best to ignore the comments, as replying can escalate the situation.
  • Block the person who has sent the comment – you will not hear from them again.
  • Report the comment directly to the social media platform that you are using, by tagging us.
  • Direct message us on the platform you are using. Please include a screenshot or details of the comment (e.g. which post it was written on).

We will attempt to answer all enquiries as quickly as possible, but please note that our social media channels are not supervised 24 hours a day. This means that some comments may remain unaddressed for several hours.

Some of the topics addressed by David Livingstone Birthplace are sensitive. These include conversations surrounding slavery, colonialism, climate change, conservation, sexism, and racism. Our team undertake training on all subjects discussed. If you feel we have gotten something wrong, we ask that you respectfully let us know and we will reflect on the issue raised.

We will endeavour to make our platforms a safe place for everyone.

Published 15 June 2021.


We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project. Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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