Non-Consensual Content Policy
Consent, as a rule and value, is paramount to the security of our users and integrity of our platform.
We require all uploaders to affirm they have obtained and maintain valid consent and proper release documentation for all persons featured in all content uploaded to the platform. In addition, content must adhere to our Terms of Service.
Content that we identify as a violation of our Non-Consensual Content Policy will be removed, and the associated user’s account actioned accordingly.
What is considered a violation of our non-consensual content policy:
The recording or distribution of intimate images (that is, photos and videos that are generally understood to depict explicit sexual activity or nudity or partial nudity) without someone’s consent is a violation of that person’s privacy and is a severe violation of our Terms of Service, and is strictly prohibited. Content featuring or promoting non-consensual acts, real or simulated, is also prohibited.
DO NOT use the platform to upload, post, or otherwise share explicit images or videos that were taken, appear to have been taken or that were shared without the consent of the people involved. Examples of the types of content that violate this policy include, but are not limited to*:
- Videos or photos of any person, whether in a public or private setting, without that person’s valid written consent (such as hidden/spy camera content, or up-skirt content);
- Sharing explicit sexual images of someone else without their valid written consent (this would include, namely: non-consensual distribution of intimate images, also commonly referred to as “revenge porn”);
- Sharing non-sexually explicit images of someone else without their valid written consent;
- “Doxing”, defined as exposing private and identifying information about a particular individual, including phone number, e-mail, address, or full name.
To help protect the integrity of the platform, we also prohibit content, including fictional, simulated, or animated, that features or depicts*:
- Depictions of non-consensual sexual activity*, including forced sexual acts, rape, or sexual assault;
- Persons appearing drugged, incapacitated, or intoxicated** involved in sexual acts;
- Any “deepfakes” whatsoever (manipulating a person’s image, whether in picture or video, to deceive or mislead the viewer into believing that person is acting or speaking in the way presented, absent artistic merit).
* See our section below on Sensitive Themes and Considerations for Consent.
** Intoxicated (including pretending to be) means a state induced by alcohol or drugs, whether legal, illicit, or recreational as determined by Thumbzilla in its sole discretion, such that a performer’s judgment appears to the reasonable observer as objectively impaired.
Sensitive Themes and Considerations for Consent
It is important to remember that pornography does not always represent sexual interactions and behaviors typical of everyday life, and often depicts diverse fantasies and role-play scenarios by consenting amateurs and professionals. In all cases, whether professional or amateur, we expect content to adhere to Thumbzilla's Terms of Service.
When reviewing content depicting the sensitive themes listed below, we take the following into consideration to determine whether it violates our Terms of Service. We recommend reviewing our detailed policy before uploading content involving these sensitive themes. Consent must be determinable by the reasonable observer from the material itself, which may be assessed either through clear verbal or visual cues.
Note that we consider many factors to distinguish fantasy from reality. The following is a non-exhaustive list of what we consider sensitive themes. Accordingly, content engaging with the following themes is subject to removal, and appropriate account enforcement, where found to be in violation of our Terms of Service:
Spells, Mesmerizing, or Possession: We do not permit content where:
- A performer is depicted as incapacitated, or otherwise completely unconscious because of possession, spells, or mesmerizing;
- Performers display signs of distress or panic during or after the act; or
- Realistic depictions of spellbound, mesmerized, or possessed performers engaged in or subjected to sexual acts.
- Sleep: Where there is a component of sleep in the content, the person must wake up within a reasonable time from the start of any sexual act(s) and consent must be made clear by that person.
- Bondage and Restraints: If a scene features the use of a gag, restraint(s), or other device(s) that would render a performer unable to clearly speak or move, consent to continued participation must be clearly determinable from the material itself, or where it cannot be, consent must be clearly determinable through other visual or verbal cues.
- Sub-Dom Fantasies: Consent must be determinable from the material itself, through clear verbal or visual cues.
To be clear, our rules with respect to these sensitive themes are not a judgment on these forms of sexual expression but aim to make clear what is or is not acceptable on our platform, to maintain a safe community.
We are steadfast in our commitment to protecting the safety of our users. As a content sharing platform, Thumbzilla relies on technology, our team of human moderators, and our wider community of users to help identify violative content. We also actively cooperate with law-enforcement investigations and promptly respond to valid legal requests received in order to assist in combating the dissemination of non-consensual recordings and distribution on the Thumbzilla platform.
24/7 Human Moderation Team
Our team of moderators and support staff work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to review all uploaded content for violations of our Terms of Service, address user concerns, and remove all non-consensual content that we identify or of which we are made aware.
Community Oversight and Detection
Detecting non-consensual images at the time of upload is complex. While we use technology to combat the distribution of non-consensual intimate images and videos, we also rely on people proactively reporting that type of content to us. As such, members of our community play an important role in helping to secure the integrity and safety of our platform.
If you have first-hand knowledge of content on the platform that violates these guidelines, or is otherwise illegal and abusive, you may alert us by filling out and submitting our Content Removal Request Form as soon as possible so that we can take appropriate and swift action.
If you are a registered user, if you come across content, users, or comments that you think may be harmful for the community, you may also flag them to us for review.
Content that is identified and removed for violating our non-consensual content policy is digitally fingerprinted using both the MediaWise® service from Vobile® and Safeguard, our own proprietary digital fingerprinting software. Digitally fingerprinting unauthorized content serves as an added layer of protection against further distribution of the content on our platform.
We encourage users who have content in which they are featured, and who wish to prevent the upload of such content to our platform, to consider proactively digitally fingerprinting it.
If you are interested in having your content digitally fingerprinted by Vobile you may contact them directly via http://www.vobileinc.com/contact/.
Consequences for violating this policy
In all cases where we identify or are made aware of content that violates this policy, our Trust & Safety and Moderation teams work swiftly to:
- Review and remove infringing content;
- Fingerprint the content in question to help block future uploads of the same content to our sites; AND
- Suspend or permanently terminate the associated uploader's account, where appropriate.
How can you help us?
If you believe you have come across non-consensual content, or any other content that otherwise violates our Terms of Service, we strongly encourage you to immediately alert us by flagging the content for our review.
If you are the victim or have first-hand knowledge that content violates our Non-Consensual Content policy, please report the content to us by completing and submitting our CONTENT REMOVAL REQUEST FORM. Please include all relevant URL links to the content in question and we will address your request confidentially and remove the content expeditiously.
Anyone can report violations of this policy using our CONTENT REMOVAL REQUEST FORM, whether they have an account on our platform or not.
Additional Resources and Support
For more information, support, and referrals, you may wish to:
- Call someone you trust to support you
- Call your local law enforcement
- Contact a crisis line or organization dedicated to supporting and informing those in need. Below are just a few organizations, organized alphabetically according to country or region:
AUSTRALIA:Office of the esafety Commissioner
Purpose is to help safeguard all Australians from online harms and to promote safer, more positive online experiences.
SaferNet is an NGO that runs the Safer Internet Centre in Brazil, which offers a web-based helpline to support victims of online violence.
BELGIUM:Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men
CANADA:Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
A multi-service organization supporting women and girls against violence and human rights violations.
DENMARK:Stop Harassment (StopChikane)
StopChikane is a counseling service for all people over the age of 18 who are exposed to digital violence and digital infringement.
FRANCE:Right to the Image (Droit à l’image)
A French government website explaining the legal rights an individual has to his or her image, as well as pathways to request the removal of an image.
GERMANY:Violence against women support hotline
08000 116 016
HONG KONG:Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women
Partnered with Bengaluru City Police, they provide support and advice for people who have had intimate images shared without their consent. Parihar caters to women and children who need Immediate Rescue, Police Support, Counselling, Short Stay Facility, Medical, Psychiatry & Legal Aid.
A leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974.
JAPAN:Safer Internet Association Safe Line Japan
Handle reports from the public regarding illegal content and harmful content on the internet that could lead users to become the victims of crime.
MEXICO:Cultivating Gender (Cultivando Género)
Cultivating Gender is a Civil Association that aims to promote equality and rights of women, girls and boys, through education for peace and non-violence. It also provides consulting, advisory and training services to public bodies and private entities on issues related to the gender perspective and the human rights approach.
PAKISTAN:Digital Rights Foundation
Digital Rights Foundation’s Cyber Harassment Helpline is Pakistan’s first dedicated, toll-free Helpline for victims of online harassment and violence. The Helpline provides a free, safe and confidential service. The Helpline aims to provide legal advice, digital security support, psychological counselling and a referral system to victims of online harassment. The Helpline will provide a judgment-free, private and gender-sensitive environment for all its callers.
The Dyżurnet.pl team is a point of contact that has been functioning within the framework of NASK since 2005. It responds to anonymous reports received from Internet users about potentially illegal material.
RUSSIA:Crime Victim Support Fund
Providing free assistance to the victims and witnesses of crime.
SOUTH KOREA:Korea Cyber Sexual Violence Response Center (KCSVRC)
Supports cyber sexual violence victims through counselling support, video deletion support, investigation, legal support, and psychotherapy support.
SPAIN:Internet Security Office
Provides necessary information and support to avoid and resolve security problems that may exist when browsing the Internet.
SWITZERLAND:National Cyber Security Centre
UK:Revenge Porn Helpline
The UK’s only service dedicated to providing expert support for adult victims of intimate image abuse.
UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities with a mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.
UKRAINE:International Women's Rights Center ("La Strada Ukraine")
The International Women's Rights Center "La Strada Ukraine" (registered in March 1998) works in the field of prevention of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence in society, promotion and protection of human rights, gender equality and children's rights.
USA:The US-operated Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI)
CCRI provide emotional, technical, and informational support for victims of online abuse. You can contact CCRI via their toll-free crisis helpline, available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Loveisrespect is a resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse. It is a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Highly-trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. They also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.