Yahoo Community Guidelines

Yahoo communities include people from a wide variety of experiences, backgrounds, and mindsets. These guidelines can help you and the rest of the Yahoo community have an enjoyable experience on Yahoo. 

In short

  • Be a good citizen: Interact, connect, and treat others with respect.
  • Stay on topic: Keep your content relevant and moderate it correctly.
  • Know the rules: Your activity on Yahoo is subject to these Community Guidelines and the Yahoo Terms of Service. If you don’t follow these rules, we may take action on your account, which could include deactivation.

Things to do

  • Be respectful. We’re a diverse global community of many types of people, with different beliefs, opinions, sensitivities, and comfort levels. Please be polite and respectful in your interactions with other members, consider your audience when posting publicly, and moderate your content where appropriate.
  • Be a good citizen. You have the opportunity to help shape your online community. Contribute thoughtful content, report abusive content if you see it, and encourage rich, fulfilling engagement and interactions with others.
  • Moderate your content. You need to take responsibility for ensuring that what you post or upload is appropriate for the community where you’re participating. If you’re unsure whether content is appropriate or consistent with the Community Guidelines or the Yahoo Terms of Service, please err on the side of caution.
  • Share. Encourage broad discussions and contribute original content and thoughts to your community. Chances are someone could benefit from your knowledge, opinions, or personal experiences.
  • Use your tools. We offer many tools to help users personalize Yahoo services, and limit their exposure to unwanted content. Know what tools are available in the products you use, and use them to tailor your experience.

Things not to do

  • Don’t use hate speech. Hate speech directly attacks a person or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, disease, age, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. We’re a global community of people with diverse beliefs, opinions, and backgrounds, so please be respectful and keep hateful and incendiary comments off of Yahoo. Please read tips for confronting hate speech from the Anti-Defamation League.
  • Don’t bully or harass members of the community. Yahoo communities aren’t a place to harass, bully, shame, impersonate, or intimidate others.
  • Don’t forget the children and teens. Remember that children and teenagers are a part of the community too. If you would hesitate to show what you're about to post to a child, your parent, or a stranger on the street, you probably shouldn't post it on Yahoo. Think before you post and moderate accordingly.
  • Don’t be obscene. Sexually explicit and vulgar language and images are not welcome.
  • Don’t behave maliciously. Members of Yahoo communities are not above the law, and they must conduct themselves consistent with our Community Guidelines and the Yahoo Terms of Service. Don’t attempt to defraud, impersonate, threaten, harass or harm another user. Don’t invade another user’s privacy or spam another user or the community. Don't try to trick people into sharing their personal information, steal anything (like copyrighted or trademarked material), or break into places you shouldn't be. Don't post links to sites that contain viruses or malicious programs or that interfere with the operation of Yahoo.

Things Yahoo will do

  • Act to promote community, collaboration, and discussion.
  • Remove content and/or deactivate accounts that violate these Community Guidelines or our Terms of Service. We care greatly about our users and their ability to have safe, rich online experiences. We cannot be present for every interaction and upload, and we rely on our community of users to report abusive and potentially harmful content to our attention. After we are notified of a potential violation, we may review the content and take action. We may make exceptions to these policies based on artistic, educational, or documentary considerations, or when there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action. But there are a few clear lines--we have a zero tolerance policy toward:
    • sharing adult or sexualized content of another person without that person’s consent (Non-Consensual Pornography). If you experience this, learn how to report it to our attention;
    • content that exploits or abuses children, including all child sexual abuse imagery (even cartoon images) and all content that presents children in a sexual manner; and
    • content that promotes or supports violent criminal behavior, organized criminal activity, or acts of terrorism, including content supporting or celebrating terrorist organizations, their leaders, or associated violent activities.

If you don't feel that you can abide by our Community Guidelines as outlined above, maybe participating in the Yahoo community isn't for you. We’ve crafted these guidelines to ensure that everyone within the Yahoo community has an enjoyable experience. 

Please refer to product-specific guidelines for more information about Yahoo communities.  Need help or information on how to report abuse? Visit Yahoo Help or the Yahoo Safety Center.


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