Content Policy

Paperblog is an interactive service that organizes, contextualizes and enhances blog and other content published on the Internet. We believe that Paperblog makes information on the Internet more meaningful by placing it into a carefully designed contextual framework. We respect our users’ ownership of and responsibility for the content they choose to share.

In order to uphold these values, we need to curb abuses that threaten our ability to provide this service and the freedom of expression it encourages. As a result, there are some boundaries on the type of content that can be hosted with Paperblog. The boundaries we’ve defined are those that both comply with legal requirements and that serve to enhance the service as a whole.

Content Boundaries

Our content policies play an important role in maintaining a positive experience for you, the users. Please respect these guidelines. From time to time, we may change our content policies so please check back here. Also, please note that when applying the policies below, we may make exceptions based on artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific considerations or where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content.

Adult Content: We do not allow explicit adult content on Paperblog, including images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity. Bloggers with sexually suggestive content can request to be added to the “Erotica” category.

Included in this policy:

Commercialization: You may not use Paperblog as a way to make money on adult content. For example, you may not create blogs where a significant percentage of the content is ads or links to commercial porn sites.

No incest or bestiality content: We do not allow image, video or text content that depicts or encourages incest or bestiality.

Child safety: We have a zero tolerance policy towards content that exploits children. Some examples of this include:

Child pornography: We will terminate the accounts of any user we find publishing or distributing child pornography. We will also report that user to United States law enforcement authorities.

Pedophilia: We do not allow content that encourages or promotes sexual attraction towards children. For example, you may not use Paperblog to disseminate blogs with galleries of images of children where the collection of images or text accompanying the images is sexually suggestive.

Hate Speech: We want you to use Paperblog to express your opinions, even very controversial ones. But, please do not cross the line by publishing hate speech. By this, we mean content that promotes hate or violence towards groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity. For example, don’t write a blog saying that members of Race X are criminals or advocating violence against followers of Religion Y.

Crude Content: Please do not post content just to be shocking or graphic. For example, collections of close-up images of gunshot wounds or accident scenes without additional context or commentary would violate this policy.

Violence: You may not threaten other people on your blog. For example, don’t post death threats against another person or group of people and don’t post content encouraging your readers to take violent action against another person or group of people.

Copyright: It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. More information about our copyright procedures can be found here . Also, please do not provide links to sites where your readers can obtain unauthorized downloads of other people’s content.

Personal and confidential information: You may not publish another person’s personal and confidential information. For example, don’t post someone else’s credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, unlisted phone numbers, and driver’s license numbers. Also, please keep in mind that in most cases, information that is already available elsewhere on the Internet or in public records is not considered to be private or confidential under Paperblog policies.

Impersonating others: Although you are free to publish parody or satire, please do not mislead or confuse readers by pretending to be someone else or pretending to represent an organization when you don’t. Avoid content that is likely to mislead readers about your true identity.

Illegal activities: You may not use Paperblog to engage in illegal activities or to promote dangerous and illegal activities. For example, do not author a blog encouraging people to drink and drive. Otherwise, we may delete your content. Also, in serious cases such as those involving the abuse of children, we may report you to the appropriate authorities.

Spam: Spam takes several forms in Paperblog, all of which can result in deletion of your account or blog. Some examples include creating blogs designed to drive traffic to your site or to move it up in search listings, posting comments on other people’s blogs just to promote your site or product, and scraping existing content from other sources for the primary purpose of generating revenue or other personal gains.

Malware and viruses: Do not create blogs that transmit viruses, cause pop-ups or attempt to install software on the reader’s machine without the reader’s consent, or otherwise impact readers with malicious code. This is strictly forbidden on Paperblog.

Enforcement of the Paperblog Content Policy

If you encounter a blog that violates our policies, please report the blog by filling out the 'Report spam/abuse’ form. A link to the report form for each specific article can be found at the end of each article.

Paperblog reviews these notifications from readers for policy violations. If the blog does not violate our policies, we will not take any action against the blog or blog owner. If we find that a blog does violate our content policies, we take one or more of the following actions based on the severity of the violation:
Delete the blog
Disable the author’s access to his/her Paperblog account
Report the user to law enforcement