At Distinc.tt, we're committed to everyone having a safe, positive experience on our app. To ensure we maintain that inclusive environment, we ask that everyone follow these guidelines when using our app.
We remove content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk to our members. This section covers what we consider to be abusive content, and how we handle it. Our community managers regularly review content, but we also rely on our members to help us keep Distinc.tt a safe and fun community. Please report anything that you feel creates an unsafe or unhappy place—this is your online home too!
How we help people who feel threatened by others on Distinc.tt.
We review reports from our members of threatening language to identify serious threats, including threats of personal attacks, theft, vandalism, and financial harm.
We may consider things like a person's location or comment history in determining whether a threat is credible.
How we work to help prevent self-harm and suicide.
We take self-injury and suicide very seriously and we do not promote nor condone the promotion of self-injury or suicide. We actively engage with organizations to provide assistance for people in distress. Content that promotes or encourages suicide or any other type of self-injury, including self-mutilation and eating disorders, are strictly prohibited. Please note, we don't consider body modification to be self-injury.
We remove any content that identifies victims or survivors of self-injury or suicide and targets them for attack, either seriously or humorously. As we want to build a community of support, we encourage our members to report anyone that threatens self-injury or suicide.
How we work to help prevent bullying and harassment
We don’t tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind. We remove content that targets individuals or groups with the intention of bullying, degrading, or harassing them. Some examples of content we consider to be bullying or harassing are:
- Posts that identify and shame members
- Images altered with the intent to degrade members
- Photos or videos of bullying
- Sharing personal information with the intent to blackmail or harass members
- Repeatedly targeting members with unwanted friend requests or messages
How we handle reports of criminal activity.
We prohibit the use of Distinc.tt for any type of criminal activity, including activities that would cause physical harm to people, businesses, or animals, or financial damage to people or businesses. We work with law enforcement when we believe there is a credible risk of criminal activity.
You are also prohibited from celebrating any crimes you’ve committed. It is fine to debate or advocate for the legality of criminal activities, as well as address them in a humorous or satirical way.
How we fight sexual violence and exploitation on Distinc.tt.
We prohibit and remove content that threatens or promotes sexual violence or exploitation. This includes the exploitation of minors and sexual assault. In order to protect victims and survivors, we remove photographs or videos depicting acts of sexual violence as well as images and videos shared in revenge or without permission.
Our definition of sexual exploitation includes solicitation of any sexual content involving minors, threats to share intimate images, and unwanted offers of sexual services. When appropriate, we refer content and solicitation to law enforcement. Our definition of sexual services includes prostitution, escort services, sexual massages, and filmed sexual activity.
How we deal with Regulated Goods
We prohibit any attempts by unauthorized dealers to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs and marijuana. If you post an offer to purchase or sell firearms, alcohol, tobacco, or adult products, we expect you to comply with all applicable laws and carefully consider the audience for that content. We do not allow you to use Distinc.tt's payment tools to sell or purchase regulated goods on our platform.
If you are under 13, you may not use Distinc.tt.
At Distinc.tt, we're committed to everyone having a safe, positive experience. To ensure we maintain an inclusive environment, we ask that everyone follow these guidelines when interacting with our community.
Just like in the rest of the world, there are some pretty creepy people online. But unlike in real life, people on the internet can masquerade as someone completely different than who they really are. To be safe, use your common sense and check out of our general guidelines:
- Don't put your phone number, address, or name of your school in the visible part of your profile.
- No rating. We don't allow rating because there is too much potential for people to get hurt or bullied. Don't rate people or ask people to rate you.
- Be very careful when you talk to someone you don't know. Never agree to call, text, or have a video chat with someone that you don't know. Get to know them over time first to get a sense of who they are.
- Sharing your name, phone numbers, address, school, workplace or other details can make it possible for anyone to track you down in real life. It’s better to proceed slowly when getting to know people you're meeting online.
- Be very cautious about giving out your address. Never give out your address to anyone that you have not met personally first, and take precautions when meeting someone in person who you first met online.
- Be very cautious when giving out your phone number. It’s possible to find out an address from a phone number by doing a reverse lookup.
- It may be possible to obtain your address from your license plate number. Don’t share photos that include your license plate, or blank out (or otherwise obscure) the number in any photos that you do post.
- Never give out your profile password. No employee of Distinc.tt will ever ask you for this information.
- Don't post private details of your plans for the day on your profile.
- Don't post your friends' names, ages, phone numbers, school names, or addresses. Remember that things you post about your friends could put them at risk.
- Don't post sexually provocative photos.
- Don't post photos with school names, locations, license plates, or signs, and don't post photos with the name of your sports team.
- If you are not fully out to your family, school, or workplace, set your privacy settings so that only people you approve as a friend can view your profile.
- Consider going through your profile and removing personal info that could put you at risk.
- Don't respond to harassing, rude, negative, or threatening comments posted on your profile, or in a chat. Report any harassment or threats to an administrator by hitting the "Report" button on the member's profile.
- Save and print questionable activity and include the date and time. You can also take screenshots of threats or harassment and send the screenshot to a site administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Watch out for money scams. Never give out financial information (such as a credit card number or bank account) to someone you've met online. Never agree to wire money to someone you've never met.
- Tell your parents, guardians, or friends if anything happens that makes you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
- There is always the possibility that someone you're talking to online is not who they say they are. There are individuals that may try to take advantage of you and will tell you things to make you feel comfortable and try to make you do things you wouldn’t do otherwise. Take it slow. Don't allow another person to rush you. Proceed at your own pace and take your time to get to know the other person.
- Don't share your personal email or phone number right away. You can always share that later, if you decide to. Don’t let someone pressure you to share any information you don’t feel comfortable sharing.
- Decide which precautions you want to take when getting to know someone online (such as not sharing a phone number), and use those precautions consistently. Notice if someone tries to talk you out of those precautions—that's a red flag.
- When meeting someone for the first time, always meet in a public place like a coffee shop. It's safer to bring a friend, or several friends, to your first meeting.
- Never agree to meet at the other person's home or to pick them up, and don't invite them to your home.
- If you're meeting someone in person who you met online, let a friend know, and arrange to check in with that friend after your meeting or date.
- Be honest about your age. Lying to make yourself look older than you are can potentially create liability for anyone you become involved with even casually. (And keep in mind that becoming intimate with someone who is significantly younger than may cause you legal liability.)
- Keep an eye out for red flags during your in-person date, such as being rude to you, insisting on closeness that makes you uncomfortable, not answering your questions, or anything else that makes you uncomfortable.
- Make sure you always have a way of leaving the date safely on your own, such as money for the bus or a ride that you can call. It's better to end a date early if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe than stay because you feel some sort of obligation. Your safety is the most important thing!
Respecting Other Members
Our members use Distinc.tt as a safe community to share their experiences and to raise awareness about issues that are important to them. Just like in th real world, this means that you may encounter members with opinions that are different from yours, which may lead to important conversations about difficult topics. To help balance the needs, safety, and interests of a diverse community, we may remove certain kinds of sensitive content or limit the audience that sees it. Learn more about how we do that here.
Distinc.tt removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks members based on their:
- National origin,
- Religious affiliation,
- Sexual orientation,
- Sex, gender, or gender identity, or
- Disabilities or diseases.
Organizations and people dedicated to promoting hatred are not allowed a presence on Distinc.tt. As with all of our standards, we rely on our community to report this content to us in.
We encourage our members to challenge ideas, institutions, and practices as we believe that such discussions can promote debate and greater understanding. Sometimes people share content containing someone else's hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others about that hate speech. When this is the case, we expect people to clearly indicate their purpose, which helps us better understand why they shared that content.
We allow humor, satire, or social commentary related to these topics, and we believe that when people use their authentic identity, they are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary. As always, we urge people to be conscious of their audience when sharing this type of content.
You can also use Distinc.tt to speak up and educate the community around you. Counter-speech in the form of accurate information and alternative viewpoints can help create a safer and more respectful environment.
Violence and Graphic Content
Distinc.tt is a community where members can share their experiences and raise awareness about important issues. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve violence and graphic images of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. We allow the sharing of these images and information when condemning or raising awareness about the acts. We will remove graphic images when they are shared for sadistic pleasure or to celebrate or glorify violence.
When our members share anything on Distinc.tt, we expect that they will share it responsibly, including carefully considering who will see the content. Please warn your audience about what they are about to see if it includes graphic violence.
Distinc.tt is made up of members from around the world and across a wide range of ages, and because of this, we may need to restrict the display of nudity to ensure we are sensitive to different cultures and laws.
We remove photographs of people displaying genitals, fully exposed buttocks, and female breasts, unless actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing post-mastectomy scarring. We do allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures, provided they are not overtly sexual in nature or depicting individuals engaged in sexual activities. Restrictions on the display of both nudity and sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless the content is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes. We prohibit explicit images of sexual intercourse.
Privacy & Security
We work hard to help keep your account secure and protect your personal information. By using Distinc.tt, you agree to use the name you use in the real world, regardless if it’s your given name or a name you identify with. You may not publish the personal information of others without their consent. Learn more about how we work to keep your information safe.
Creating a Safer Environment with Your Authentic Identity
People connect on Distinc.tt using their authentic identities. This can be the name you were given by your parents, or an identity that you’ve created for yourself. Using an authentic identity ensures that you can stand behind your opinions and actions, creating a more accountable, positive, and honest community. If we discover that you have multiple personal profiles, we may ask you to close the additional profiles. We also remove any profiles that impersonate other people.
Fraud and Spam: How we protect you from fraud and spam.
We work hard to help ensure that the information you share is secure. We investigate any suspected breach of security. Any attempt to compromise the security of a Profile, including fraud, may be referred to law enforcement. Using misleading or inaccurate information to artificially collect likes, followers, or shares is not allowed. We also ask that you respect people by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.