We are firm believers in Free Speech. However, there is certain material that Blurty does not permit. Most prohibited content is either banned due to United States or international treaty law, or is not allowed in an effort to keep the service usable for all members.
This is not an exhaustive list. For a full listing of the Terms of Service, see http://www.Blurty.com/legal/tos.bml (particularly Section XVI: Member Conduct). The content of this FAQ is intended solely to illustrate some common examples of what are considered to be Terms of Service violations.
Comments, entries, journals and posts not permitted on Blurty include but are not limited to:
* Content created solely to harass another user
* Material that invades the privacy of another user by posting personal information
* Material that meets the United States legal definition of "obscene"
* Instructions on how to break the law
* Child pornography (explicit, nude, or erotic pictures taken of anyone under the age of 18)
* Material that infringes on the copyright or patent of an individual or company
* Unsolicited advertising of any service, goods, or forum (including Blurty communities)
* Content intended to interfere with another user's use of the site
* Content that is motivated by hatred towards an individual, race, ethnicity, or orientation
* Any other material that is a violation of applicable U.S. state or federal law
If you find certain content objectionable, but it is not a violation of the Terms of Service, the Abuse team will not take action. For instance, a comment posted in the middle of a debate that contains opinions you personally find distasteful, but which is not harassing, obscene, or libelous, would not be a violation of the Terms of Service. We believe strongly in the concept of Free Speech being the foundation of a Free society.
For more information on what to do if someone is harassing you, see the FAQ "Someone is harassing me. What steps should I take?" [ http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=80 ].
To learn how to contact the Abuse team to report violations of the Terms of Service, see http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=79 .
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