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Privacy Policy

Overview


Our Community Guidelines are designed to ensure our CIRCLE stays safe and protected. They set out what’s allowed and not allowed on VIDYOUP, and apply to all types of content on our platform, including videos, comments, links, and thumbnails.


You'll find a full list of our Community Guidelines below:


Fake engagement policy


The safety of our creators, viewers, and partners is of highest priority to us at VIDYOUP. We look to each of you to help us protect this unique and vibrant CIRCLE. It’s important you understand our Community Guidelines, and the role they play in our shared responsibility to keep VIDYOUP safe. Take the time to carefully read the policy below.


VIDYOUP doesn’t allow anything that artificially increases the number of views, likes, comments, or other metrics either by using automatic systems or serving up videos to unsuspecting viewers. Also, content that solely exists to incentivize viewers for engagement is prohibited.


Content and channels that don't follow this policy may be terminated and removed from VIDYOUP.


Important:  If you hire someone to promote your channel, their decisions may impact your channel. Any method that violates our policies may result in content removal or a channel takedown, whether it's an action taken by you or someone you employed working on your behalf.


We consider engagement to be legitimate when a human user’s primary intent is to authentically interact with the content. We consider engagement illegitimate, for example, when it results from coercion, craftiness or deception, or when the sole purpose of the engagement is monetary gains.  


If you find content that violates this policy, report it. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines ARE AVAILABLE ON THIS PAGE.


What this policy means for you


If you're posting content


Don’t post content on VIDYOUP if it fits any of the descriptions noted below.



  • Links to or promotes third-party services that artificially inflate metrics like views, likes, and subscribers

  • Content linking to or promoting third-party view count or subscriber gaming websites or services

  • Offering to subscribe to another creator’s channel only if they subscribe to your channel (“sub4sub”)



  • Note: You're allowed to encourage viewers to subscribe, hit the like button, share, or leave a comment



  • Content featuring a creator purchasing their views from a third party with the intent of promoting the service


This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams, and any other VIDYOUP product or feature. Keep in mind that this isn't a complete list and will be updated from time to time


How engagement is measured


Examples


Here are some examples of content that’s not allowed on VIDYOUP.



  • A video testimonial in which a creator shows themselves successfully purchasing artificial page traffic from a third party

  • A video in which a creator links to a third party artificial page traffic provider in a promotional or supportive context. For example: “I got 1 million subscribers on this video in a day and you can too!”

  • A video that tries to force or trick viewers into watching another video through deceptive means

  • Channels dedicated to artificial channel engagement traffic or promoting businesses that exist for this sole purpose


Remember these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think it might violate this policy.


What happens if content violates this policy


If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is your first time violating our Community Guidelines, you’ll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we’ll issue a strike against your channel. If you get 3 strikes, your channel will be terminated permanently


VIDYOUP doesn’t allow spam, scams, or other deceptive practices that take advantage of the VIDYOUP CIRCLE. We also don’t allow content where the main purpose is to trick others into leaving VIDYOUP for another site.


If you find content that violates this policy, report it. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines CAN BE FOUND HERE.


What these policies mean for you


If you're posting content


Don’t post content on VIDYOUP if it fits any of the descriptions noted below.



  • Video Spam: Content that is excessively posted, repetitive, or untargeted and does one or more of the following:



  • Promises viewers they'll see something but instead directs them off site.

  • Gets clicks, views, or traffic off VIDYOUP by promising viewers that they’ll make money fast.

  • Sends audiences to sites that spread malware, try to gather personal information, or other sites that have a negative impact.



  • Misleading Metadata or Thumbnails: Using the title, thumbnails, description, or tags to trick users into believing the content is something it is not.

  • Manipulated Media: Content that has been technically manipulated or doctored in a way that misleads users (beyond clips taken out of context) and may pose a serious risk.

  • Scams: Content offering cash gifts, “get rich quick” schemes, or pyramid schemes or Ponzi schemes.

  • Suppression of Census Participation: Content aiming to mislead participants about the time, means or eligibility requirements for participating in a census. 

  • Incitement to interfere with democratic processes: content encouraging others to interfere with democratic processes, such as obstructing or interrupting voting procedures.

  • Distribution of hacked materials: content that contains hacked information, the disclosure of which may interfere with democratic processes, such as elections and censuses.

  • Incentivization Spam: Content that sells engagement metrics such as views, likes, comments, or any other metric on VIDYOUP. This also includes content where the only purpose is to boost subscribers, views, or other metrics (e.g. offering to subscribe to another creator’s channel solely in exchange for them subscribing to your channel, also known as "Sub4Sub" content).

  • Comments Spam: Comments where the sole purpose is to gather personal information from viewers, misleadingly drive viewers off VIDYOUP, or perform any of the prohibited behaviors noted above.

  • Repetitive comments: Leaving large amounts of identical, untargeted or repetitive comments.

  • Live Stream Abuse: Live streams intended to stream content that belongs to somebody else and are not corrected following repeated warnings of possible abuse. Live streams should be actively monitored by the channel owner, and any potential issues should be corrected in a timely manner.


This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams, and any other VIDYOUP product or feature. Keep in mind that this isn't a complete list.


Note: You're allowed to encourage viewers to subscribe, hit the like button, share, or leave a comment.


Examples


Here are some examples of content that’s not allowed on VIDYOUP.


Telling viewers they can vote through fake methods like texting their vote to a particular number or telling them to send private information like bank details or pension details to a particular number.


What happens if content violates this policy


If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is your first time violating our Community Guidelines, you’ll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we’ll issue a strike against your channel.


IMPERSONATION POLICY


 Content intended to impersonate a person or channel is not allowed on VIDYOUP. VIDYOUP also enforces trademark holder rights. When a channel, or content in the channel, causes confusion about the source of goods and services advertised, it may not be allowed.


If you see content that violates this policy, report it please.



  • If you feel that yours or another creator's channel is being impersonated, you can report the channel by reporting on this page


What these policies mean for you


If you're posting content


Don’t post content on VIDYOUP if it fits any of the descriptions noted below. 



  • Channel impersonation: A channel that copies another channel's profile, background, or overall look and feel in such a way that makes it look like someone else's channel. The channel does not have to be 100% identical, as long as the intent is clear to copy the other channel.

  • Personal impersonation: Content intended to look like someone else is posting it.


Examples


Here are some examples of content that’s not allowed on VIDYOUP.



  • Channels with the same name and image as another channel, with the only difference being a space inserted into the name or a zero replacing the letter O.

  • Using someone else's real name, user name, image, brand, logo, or other personal information to trick people into believing you are that person. 

  • Exactly matching a channel description to another channel.

  • Setting up a channel using the name and image of a person, and then pretending that person is posting content to the channel.

  • Setting up a channel using the name and image of a person, and then posting comments on other channels as if they were posted by the person.

  • Channels claiming to be a “fan account,” but actually posing as another’s channel and reuploading their content.


 


Please remember these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think it might violate this policy.


What happens if content violates this policy


If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is your first time violating our Community Guidelines, you’ll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we’ll issue a strike against your channel.


External links policy


The safety of our creators, viewers, and partners is our highest priority. We look to each of you to help us protect this unique and vibrant CIRCLE. It’s important you understand our Community Guidelines, and the role they play in our shared responsibility to keep VIDYOUP safe. Take the time to carefully read the policy below.


Links that send users to websites featuring content that violates our Community Guidelines are not allowed on VIDYOUP.


What this policy means for you


If you're posting content


Don’t post links in your content on VIDYOUP if they fit any of the descriptions noted below.



  • Links to pornography

  • Links to websites or apps that install malware

  • Links to websites or apps phishing for a user’s login credentials, financial information, etc.

  • Links to websites, apps, or other information technology that give unauthorized free access to audio content, audiovisual content, full video games, software, or streaming services that normally require payment

  • Links to websites that seek to raise funds or recruit for terrorist organizations

  • Links to sites containing Child Sexual Abuse Imagery OR videos


This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams, and any other VIDYOUP product or feature. Please note this is not a complete list.


Examples


Here are some examples of content that’s not allowed on VIDYOUP.



  • A video featuring sexually themed content whose description says “click here to see what VIDYOUP won’t allow!” and contains a link to a pornographic site.

  • A gameplay video whose description contains a link to a website promising free in-game currency or online store credit but really links to a site that infects the user’s computer with malware.

  • Posting a link to a phishing site that steals users’ banking logins and passwords.

  • Any link leading users to a website, file hosting service, etc. that allows them to access or download child sexual abuse imagery.


Please remember these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think it might violate this policy.


What happens if content violates this policy


If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is your first time violating our Community Guidelines, you’ll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we’ll issue a strike against your channel.


 


Additional policies


Inactive accounts policy


In general, users are expected to be active members within the VIDYOUP community. If an account is found to be overly inactive, the account may be reclaimed by VIDYOUP without notice. Inactivity may be considered as:



  • Not logging into the site for at least six months

  • Never having uploaded video content

  • Not actively partaking in watching or commenting on videos or channels


Encouraging Terms of Service violations


If you post content that encourages other users to violate our Terms of Service, the content may be removed, your account may be penalized, and in some cases your account may be terminated.


Posting previously removed content


If you post content previously removed for violating our Terms of Service, or content from creators who have been terminated under our Terms, the content may be removed, your account may be penalized, and in some cases your account may be terminated.