Community rules

We proceed from the obvious truth that everyone has every right to Freedom of thought and Self-expression. Anonym’s universe is built on the fundamental principles of free people:

  • Privacy and Confidentiality is not a luxury, but an inalienable right to digital freedom of every person.      
  • Anonymity and responsibility – as a way of open and sincere communication, without fear of condemnation by another person or society.      
  • Friendliness and understanding are the foundation of healthy human relationships.      
  • True interests and common meanings – what unites us, allows us to be ourselves and makes us happy.      

If you believe in the same as we do, together we will change the world.

Fundamental rules

Updated: March 2021

We encourage users to understand the importance of what makes them unique and look for themselves in a community that has the same goals. We appreciate that our users represent a huge variety of nationalities and cultures, and we respect the cultural norms and regulations of the countries where Anonym is available.

Ensuring a safe and supportive environment remains our top priority. We believe that a safe environment is essential for people to feel comfortable expressing themselves openly and creatively. We also strive to develop an environment for authentic interactions by avoiding misleading content and accounts on our platform.

Our values ​​form the basis of our Community Guidelines. We remove content, including videos, audio recordings, images and texts that violate our Community Guidelines, and suspend or block accounts associated with serious or repeated violations to keep our community safe.

Our Community Guidelines apply to all members and to anything posted on Anonym. They provide general guidance on what is allowed and what is prohibited on our platform. We also recognize that some of the content that is routinely removed in accordance with our policies may be of value to the public. Therefore, under certain circumstances, we may allow exceptions, as described in the sections below.

We update our Community Guidelines from time to time to keep pace with the evolving community, address emerging risks, and maintain Anonym as a safe environment for creativity and inclusive development.

Forbidden content

Dangerous persons and organizations

We prohibit dangerous individuals or organizations from using our platform to promote terrorism, criminal activity, or other activities that may cause harm. If there is a real threat to public safety, we will block the associated account.

Terrorists and terrorist organizations

Terrorists and terrorist organizations are any non-state actors who use deliberate violence or threats of violence to harm civilians in order to intimidate or intimidate a population, government or international organization in an attempt to achieve political, religious, ethnic or ideological goals.

Other dangerous persons and organizations

By dangerous individuals and organizations, we mean those who commit crimes or other types of serious harm. Examples of types of groups and crimes:

  • hate groups;      
  • extremist organizations;      
  • murders;      
  • human trafficking;      
  • trade in human organs;      
  • illegal arms trafficking;      
  • distribution of drugs;      
  • kidnapping;      
  • extortion;      
  • blackmail;      
  • legalization of illegally obtained funds;      
  • fraud;      
  • cybercrime.      

It is forbidden to publish:

  • names, symbols, logos, flags, slogans, uniforms, gestures, portraits or other objects representing or symbolizing dangerous persons and / or organizations;      
  • Content that endorses, celebrates, or supports dangerous individuals and / or organizations.      

Exceptions: educational, historical, satirical, artistic and other materials that can be clearly identified as expressing condemnation or aimed at raising awareness of harm caused by dangerous persons and / or organizations.      

Illegal activity and restricted goods

We prohibit the exchange, sale, advertising and use of certain restricted goods, as well as the description or depiction and promotion of criminal activity. Some content related to activities or goods that are illegal or restricted in circulation in most countries in the region or the world may be removed even if the activities or goods in question are legal in the jurisdiction of the publication. We allow exceptions for materials of public interest, such as educational, scientific, artistic, and materials of high informational value.

Promotion of criminal activity

Criminal activity is understood as a wide range of acts that entail liability in accordance with the procedure established by law, including such as theft, assault, exploitation of people and other harmful actions. Since we do not want such behavior to become the norm or to be imitated, we remove materials that promote criminal activity.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • Content promoting acts of physical harm, such as assault or kidnapping;      
  • materials that threaten the safety of others, including pranks, such as fake calls to emergency services;      
  • materials promoting the exploitation of people or illegal trade in wildlife resources;      
  • materials offering to buy, sell or exchange illegally acquired goods;      
  • materials containing instructions for conducting criminal activities.      

Sale or use of weapons

To protect our community, we do not permit the depiction, sale or advertising of firearms, ammunition, firearm accessories, or explosive ordnance. We also prohibit the publication of manufacturing instructions for such weapons. However, we may make exceptions for content that displays firearms or other types of weapons in the following cases: in a fictional setting, as part of a museum collection, held by a police officer, at a military parade, or used in a safe and controlled environment, such as a shooting range.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials showing firearms, accessories for firearms, ammunition or explosive devices;      
  • materials that offer, sell, exchange, or request firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, explosives, or provide instructions on how to make them.      

Drugs and substances not subject to free circulation

To protect our community, we do not allow the posting of material that describes the trade or use of drugs or other substances that are not free of free circulation.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • content that demonstrates drugs or drug use or encourages others to produce, use, or trade drugs or other substances that are not free to circulate;      
  • materials that offer, sell, exchange or request drugs or other substances that are not subject to free circulation;      
  • materials informing how to buy substances that are prohibited or not subject to free circulation.      

Fraud and abuse of trust

We do not allow anyone to use our platform to harm other people. Among other things, it is prohibited to use schemes of deceiving people or stealing property. We remove content that deliberately misleads people into unlawful financial gains.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials that spread phishing;      
  • materials advertising Ponzi schemes or pyramid schemes;      
  • content advertising flat rates, get-rich-quick schemes, or any other type of fraudulent activity.      

Materials containing scenes of violence and cruelty

We do not tolerate the posting of excessively violent or shocking material, especially one that promotes or extols gross violence or suffering. We allow exceptions under certain circumstances, such as for media coverage or awareness-raising material. Whenever we identify a real risk of violence or threat to public safety, we will block the account and work with relevant law enforcement agencies as necessary and as appropriate.

Materials containing scenes of violence and cruelty against people

It is forbidden to publish:

  • overly shocking, sadistic, or overly naturalistic material, including:      
  • images or descriptions of violent or accidental deaths of real people;      
  • depictions or descriptions of dismembered, mutilated, charred, or incinerated human remains;      
  • bloody scenes in which attention is focused on an open wound or trauma;      
  • images or descriptions of severe physical abuse. 

Exceptions: staged or professional combat, traditional martial arts, or fictional combat.      

Materials containing scenes of violence and cruelty against animals

It is forbidden to publish:

  • overly shocking, sadistic, or overly naturalistic material, including:      
  • pictures or descriptions of the killing of real animals;      
  • depictions or descriptions of dismembered, mutilated, charred, or burned animal remains;      
  • pictures or descriptions of animal abuse.      

Suicide, self-harm and dangerous acts

We discourage participation in activities that could lead to harm. We also do not allow users to induce other people to take part in dangerous activities. We do not allow the posting of material that promotes self-harm or suicide, but we do allow our users to share their experiences to raise awareness of these issues.

We encourage users who have thoughts of self-harm or suicide, or who know that someone is seriously considering suicide, to immediately contact law enforcement or the suicide prevention hotline:

If you need support, call the hotline. If your friend needs this support, you can convince him to call the Suicide Prevention Hotline using the information below.

Information for other countries is available on the International Association for Suicide Prevention website .      

Suicide

We remove materials that represent suicidal or suicidal tendencies, or materials that may provoke participation in such activities. This includes attempted suicide or material involving a person committing or intending to commit acts that could result in self-inflicted death. We prohibit any type of material that praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide, or contains instructions on how to commit suicide.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials containing instructions on how to commit suicide;      
  • content that praises, promotes, or glorifies suicide;      
  • suicidal challenges (challenges).      

Exceptions: materials that provide support, resources, or coping mechanisms for those experiencing suicidal ideation.      

Self-harm

To prevent the promotion or incitement of self-harm, and to make self-harm the norm, we do not allow the posting of images that illustrate such behavior, regardless of what the user’s intent was to post them. We remove content that encourages or may provoke behavior that could lead to physical harm to ourselves. Content that promotes eating habits that could cause health problems is also prohibited on our platform.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials that demonstrate self-inflicted damage;      
  • materials containing instructions on how to self-harm;      
  • materials that support pro-ana or other dangerous ways to lose weight.      

Exceptions: Materials that provide support, resources, or coping mechanisms for those with eating disorders or self-harm.      

Dangerous actions

Risky behavior or other hazardous behavior in a non-professional environment or without the necessary skills can result in serious injury or death to a person or several persons. We do not allow the posting of material that encourages, promotes or glorifies such behavior, including amateur tricks.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • content showing the misuse of hazardous tools;      
  • materials demonstrating the use of substances not intended for consumption;      
  • dangerous challenges that can lead to injury;      
  • content depicting persons under the legal age driving a motor vehicle.      

Incitement to hatred

We do not allow the posting of material that attacks or incites violence against an individual or group of individuals based on protected characteristics. We do not allow the publication of materials containing hate speech, and we remove them from our platform. We also suspend or block accounts from which there have been repeated hate speech violations.

Attacks on protected groups

We define hate speech as material that is attacking or intended to threaten, incite violence, or dehumanize an individual or group of individuals based on the characteristics to be protected. We also prohibit content that contains verbal or physical threats of violence or depicts harm to an individual or group of individuals based on any of the following protected attributes:

  • race;      
  • ethnos;      
  • national origin;      
  • religion;      
  • caste;      
  • sexual orientation;      
  • gender identity;      
  • serious illness or disability;      
  • immigration status.

It is forbidden to publish :

  • content that dehumanizes individuals or groups of individuals or incites violence or hatred against them based on the characteristics listed above, including:      
  • claims that they are physically or mentally defective;      
  • calls for violence against them or justifications for such violence;      
  • claims that they are criminals;      
  • negative attitude towards them as animals, inanimate objects or non-human beings;      
  • encouraging or justifying inequality, segregation or discrimination against them.      

Insults

Harassment is defined as derogatory language intended to demean ethnic group, race, or any of the other protected characteristics listed above. Harassment is not tolerated on our platform because we do not want to facilitate the dissemination of clearly offensive language. However, we are aware that insults can be used against oneself or be secondarily borrowed, and we can make exceptions when insults are used in a song or in another form in a satirical context in relation to oneself, or are secondarily borrowed.

It is forbidden to publish :

● materials containing inappropriate insults.      

Harassment and bullying

Users need to feel safe to express themselves without fear of shame, humiliation, bullying or harassment. We are deeply aware that offensive content can cause psychological distress to people, and we will not tolerate offensive posting or action on our platform.

Offensive actions

We remove all forms of abuse, including threats of violence, sexual harassment, and derogatory language about appearance, intelligence, personality, and hygiene.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials containing threats to use violence against a person;      
  • materials containing wishes for death, serious illness, physical or other harm to a person;      
  • content that incites violence or coordinated harassment;      
  • materials containing sexual harassment towards the user, insulting his sexual behavior or attempts to impose sexual contact;      
  • content that offends a person based on attributes such as intelligence, appearance, personality, or hygiene;      
  • materials that approve of atrocious tragic events and humiliate their victims.      

Encroachment on the privacy of others

Disclosing or threatening to disclose personally identifiable information can cause serious emotional distress and cause real harm. We consider this to be a form of abuse and we do not tolerate such abuse of Anonym.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • content that discloses or threatens to disclose personal information, including residential address, personal email address, personal phone number, bank statement, social security number, or passport number;      
  • threats to post sexual images or unwanted intimate photographs.      

Portrayal of naked bodies and adult sexual activity

We do not allow sexually explicit or offensive content to be posted on Anonym, including this kind of animated content. Sexual content carries many risks. In particular, they may lead to legal sanctions in some jurisdictions or harm our users by posting unwanted photographs (for example, in retaliation). In addition, sexually explicit material may be considered offensive in certain cultures. We allow exceptions to the publication of sexually explicit material and nudity for educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic purposes. For example, publications that discuss or demonstrate post-mastectomy scars are allowed.

Sexual exploitation

Sexual exploitation is any ongoing abuse or attempted abuse of a vulnerable position, power or trust for sexual purposes, including to obtain financial, social or political benefits from the sexual exploitation of another person.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials that describe, perform or provoke sexual acts without the consent of one of the parties;      
  • content that endorses, promotes, or glorifies sexual harassment or sexual objectification.      

Pornography and nudity involving adults

Pornography is the explicit presentation of genitals and / or sexual activities for the purpose of sexual gratification.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • content that describes sexual activity, such as intercourse (with or without penetration) or oral intercourse;      
  • materials that show human genitals, female breasts or buttocks;      
  • content depicting sexual arousal;      
  • materials depicting sexual fetishes.      

Juvenile safety

We are deeply committed to the goal of ensuring the safety of children and absolutely do not tolerate exploitation or sexual abuse of minors. We do not allow the posting of material that describes or disseminates child abuse, nudity, or sexual exploitation of children, either digitally or in the real world, and we report such material to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. We also do not allow the publication of materials depicting juvenile offenders.

Anonym can only be used by those who have reached the minimum age allowed (as stated in our User Agreement). Once we have identified minor account holders, we remove their accounts from our platform and may direct them to a more appropriate version of our app if available in their region.

Nudity and sexual exploitation of minors

Nudity involves the open display of intimate body parts. Sexual exploitation is any ongoing abuse or attempted abuse of a vulnerable position, power or trust for sexual purposes, including to obtain financial, social or political benefits from the sexual exploitation of another person.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials showing intimate parts of the bodies of minors;      
  • materials describing the sexual exploitation of minors;      
  • content that describes sexual activity, such as intercourse (with or without penetration) or oral intercourse, involving minors;      
  • materials depicting scenes of sexual arousal involving minors;      
  • content depicting sexual fetishes involving minors.      

Delinquent behavior of minors 

Delinquent behavior includes, inter alia, the use or use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • content depicting minors who use alcohol, drugs or tobacco or are suspected of using them.      

Child abuse

Child abuse is defined as physical and / or psychological injury to a minor by a person in power. Physical abuse is deliberate harm to the body of a child. Psychological abuse is the use of threats of physical or sexual violence against a child, or the use of intimidation tactics.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • content that describes physical or psychological abuse against minors.      

Actions to gain confidence (“grooming”)

Grooming is the development of an emotional relationship between an adult and a minor in order to gain trust for the purpose of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or sex trafficking.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials containing approval, instructions or excuses for grooming.      
  • materials that involve a minor in sexually explicit conversations;      
  • materials that induce a minor or extort from him by means of blackmail to transmit information of a sexually explicit nature.      

Sexualization of minors

We do not allow the publication of materials in which sexuality is imposed on minors or they are reduced to the level of a sexual object.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials depicting erotic dances with the participation of minors;      
  • materials containing sexual or erotic expressions involving minors.      

Credibility and authenticity

Content that is intended to deceive or mislead members of our community jeopardizes our trusting community. We do not allow the publication of such materials on our platform. This includes activities such as spamming, impersonating, and misinforming.

Spam

Materials or actions aimed at artificially inflating popularity on the platform are prohibited. We also prohibit any attempt to manipulate platform mechanisms to increase engagement rates.

It is prohibited:

  • instructions for artificially increasing the number of views, likes, subscribers, reposts or comments;      
  • participation or attempts to participate in the sale or purchase of views, likes, subscribers, reposts or comments;      
  • advertising services for artificial traffic generation;      
  • manipulating multiple Anonym accounts to defraud or fraudulently, including coordinated attempts to reproduce inappropriate activity, spreading commercial spam, or otherwise orchestrating widespread violations of Anonym’s policies.      

Posing as another person

We do not allow users to impersonate other persons or organizations in order to defraud the public. After reviewing reports of attempted impersonation, we will delete the accounts of violators. We do allow exceptions for accounts that are intended to be parody, commentary, or fans, as long as such an account does not mislead others as to its nature or purpose on the Anonym platform.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • impersonate another person or organization by using someone else’s name, biographical information, or profile picture in a way that could be misleading.      

Disinformation

We do not tolerate misinformation that could harm our community or the general public. We encourage our users to conduct polite discussions on topics that are important to them, but remove materials that contain false information that may harm human health or adversely affect public safety. We also remove materials distributed as part of disinformation campaigns.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • misinformation designed to incite fear, hatred or prejudice;      
  • misinformation that could harm a person’s health, such as misleading information about treatment;      
  • hoaxes, phishing attempts, or material manipulated to cause harm;      
  • content that misleads community members about elections or other civil processes.      

Intellectual property

We encourage everyone to create and publish original content. We do not allow users to post or distribute material that infringes others’ intellectual property rights.

It is forbidden to publish:

  • materials that infringe or infringe on other people’s copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights.      

Platform security threats

In addition to the content and actions described above, our policies prohibit actions that damage our service.

  • Do not hack Anonym’s website, app or related networks, or try to circumvent Anonym’s user-restriction measures.      
  • Do not distribute files containing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs, or other harmful or dangerous materials.      
  • It is prohibited to modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or create any derivative products based on Anonym, including any files, tables or documentation, as well as recreate any source code, algorithms, methods or technologies implemented in Anonym.      
  • Do not use automated scripts to collect information from Anonym.      

Thank you for your participation in our dynamic global community and for working with us to provide a safe space for all users. If you come across content or accounts that you believe may violate our Community Guidelines, please let us know so we can review and take appropriate action.