Community Guidelines Explainer SeriesUpdated: January 2023
Community Guidelines Explainer Series
Updated: January 2023
- We prohibit promoting, distributing, or sharing pornographic content. We also don’t allow commercial activities that relate to pornography or sexual interactions (whether online or offline). Breastfeeding and other depictions of nudity in non-sexual contexts are generally permitted.
- We prohibit any activity that involves sexual exploitation or abuse of a minor, including sharing child sexual exploitation or abuse imagery, grooming, or sexual extortion (sextortion). We report all instances of child sexual exploitation to authorities, including attempts to engage in such conduct. Never post, save, send, forward, distribute, or ask for nude or sexually explicit content involving anyone under the age of 18 (this includes sending or saving such images of yourself).
We aspire to protect all Snapchatters from encountering harmful or abusive content. To that end, we’ve developed our Community Guidelines with the aim of ensuring users can comfortably express themselves and communicate freely on Snapchat, without being exposed to unsolicited sexual content or abuse. These policies prohibit sharing, promoting, or distributing sexually explicit content––which covers a range of content including pornography, sexual nudity, or offers of sexual services––and condemns in the strongest terms any content that exploits children.
What you should expect
Our policies prohibiting sexually explicit content mean that pornographic content is prohibited. Pornography means nudity where the primary intention is sexual arousal, or nudity that depicts sexual arousal. It may include photos or videos, or even highly realistic animation, drawings, or other renderings of explicit sex acts. But it does not, for example, apply to nudity where the purpose is artistic expression, or the appearance of nudity in non-sexual contexts like breastfeeding, medical procedures, or current or historical events in the public interest.
These policies also prohibit offers of sexual services, including both offline services (such as, for example, erotic massage) and online experiences (such as, for example, offering sexual chat or video services).
The sexual exploitation of any member of our community, especially minors, is illegal, unacceptable, and prohibited. Exploitation may include sex trafficking; efforts to coerce or entice users to provide nudes; as well as any behavior that uses intimate imagery or sexual material to pressure or threaten members of our Community. We prohibit any communication or behavior that attempts to persuade or coerce a minor with the intent of sexual abuse or exploitation, or which leverages fear or shame to keep a minor silent.
How we enforce these policies
Content that violates our Community Guidelines will be subject to removal. Users who share, promote, or distribute violating content will be notified of the violation. Severe or repeated violations of our policies will impact a user’s account access.
If you ever receive or see a Snap that you believe is sexually explicit — if you feel uncomfortable at all — don’t hesitate to use our in-app reporting menu. Those reports are reviewed for action in ways that help to protect reporting users’ privacy and safety. We also encourage users to consider blocking unwelcome messages.
Our high-reach surfaces, including Spotlight and Discover, are subject to proactive monitoring and other safeguards. These platforms may occasionally feature suggestive content that is not deemed sexually explicit (for example, revealing swimwear); however, users are strongly encouraged to report any content that you feel is inconsistent with our Community Guidelines.
Preventing, detecting, and eradicating Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) on our platform is a top priority for us, and we continuously evolve our capabilities to address CSAM and other types of child sexually exploitative content. We report violations of these policies to the U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), as required by law. NCMEC then, in turn, coordinates with domestic or international law enforcement, as required.
Our goal is to foster a safe community where Snapchatters can express themselves, and we do not tolerate sexually explicit or exploitative content. If you ever feel uncomfortable, do not hesitate to reach out to a trusted person in your life, report violating content and block any offending users.