That’s very good advice.
In real life, people are confined by legal agreements. For example, a driver’s license is not a right - it’s a privilege and retaining that privilege is dependent on obeying the traffic laws and the restrictions and responsibilities that are attached to the privilege. If you break too many laws or don’t fulfill the proper requirements, you can lose your license.
It find it funny how many people act like Wattpad is unreasonable or outlandish in their outlook. The fact is, Wattpad is pretty much the same - policy wise - as any other writing site.
Practically any web site anywhere that allows user input will tell you the same thing. I’ve been on the internet for over 20 years, and I’ve never been on a site that didn’t. Nearly any TOS on a site that allows user input / comments stipulates that by making an account / posting users agree to their terms as set forth in the documentation. If a user neglects to read said terms / contract, then that’s their problem. They agreed to something they didn’t read and have no clue about, but they will still be held accountable to it.
It doesn’t matter if a user reads the documentation, they are still deemed as accountable. If they get blindsided by the rules, they have no one to blame but themselves. There is no blame put on the site, ever, for the user not knowing the site documentation.
Users should also have copies of all theirr work somewhere besides Wattpad. Again, practically any site that allows user input also retains the right of the site to remove any content at their discretion and states that they are under no obligation or responsibility if said content is lost. In other words, back up your stuff, because they don’t have to 1) tell users they’re taking it down 2) give users warning or 3) give users access to the deleted data. User backups are the user’s job. Period.
There’s a real break between reality and what some users believe are their ‘rights’ as far as posting on the internet. On any web site - including Wattpad - your ‘rights’ are in the site documentation and you should be reading them.
The responsibility to vet their content before they post it and back up their content is the users responsibility - and solely the users.
If users read the Terms of Sertvice (TOS) you will find that it tell users:
Before posting any content to Wattpad, it is important that you read our Content Guidelines. If your content does not comply with these guidelines it may be removed at any time.
It also says:
We can remove any content you post or submit for any reason. and We may suspend or terminate your account or cease providing you with all or part of the Services at any time and for any reason we deem appropriate.
In addition it says: All content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such content.
So, in actual fact, the only limits to what Wattpad can (or does) and can’t (or doesn’t) do is what Wattpad puts on itself. They’re the ones who make the Guidelines and set the limits. They go out of their way to be fair and not remove things without good and proper reasons. Except in especially egregious circumstances, they give users several chances to not lose their entire account by removing objectionable media, instead of the entire account.
Users may not like or agree with the Guidelines, but they have already agreed to them. That’s a done deal.
A wise user would read and discover what it is they agreed to.