Vurbl Community Guidelines

Community Guidelines – Policies and Safety

When you use Vurbl, you join a community of audiophiles. Every cool, new community feature on Vurbl involves a certain level of trust. We trust you to respect that trust and to be responsible.  Following the guidelines below helps to keep Vurbl fun and enjoyable for everyone.

You might not like everything you hear on Vurbl. If you think content is inappropriate, use the flagging feature to submit it for review by our Vurbl staff. Our staff carefully reviews flagged content to determine whether there’s a violation of our Community Guidelines. Here are some common-sense rules that’ll help you steer clear of trouble. Please take these rules seriously and take them to heart. Don’t try to look for loopholes or try to lawyer your way around the guidelines—just understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created.

Some functionality noted below may not be available yet but we intend for this functionality to be available in the future.  

Sexual content

Vurbl is not for sexually explicit content. If this describes your audio file, don’t post it on Vurbl. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation. 

Harmful or dangerous content

Don’t post audio that encourages others to do things that might cause them to get badly hurt, especially kids. Audio promoting such harmful or dangerous acts may get age-restricted or removed depending on their severity.

Hateful content

Our products are platforms for free expression. But we don’t support content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, caste, sexual orientation, or gender identity, or content that incites hatred on the basis of these core characteristics

Violent content

It’s not okay to post violent content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or gratuitous. If posting violent content in a news or documentary context, please be mindful to provide enough information to help people understand what’s going on. Don’t encourage others to commit specific acts of violence.

Harassment and cyberbullying

It’s not ok to post abusive audio and comments on Vurbl. If harassment crosses the line into a malicious attack it can be reported and may be removed. In other cases, users may be mildly annoying or petty and should be ignored.

Spam, misleading metadata, and scams

Everyone hates spam. Don’t create misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails in order to increase views. It’s not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages.

Threats

Things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts or to violate the Terms of Use are taken very seriously. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from Vurbl.

Respect copyright. Only upload audio that you made or that you’re authorized to use. This means don’t upload audio you didn’t make, or use content in your audio that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs, or audio made by other users, without necessary authorizations. 

Privacy

If someone has posted your personal information or uploaded an audio file of you without your consent, you can request removal of content based on our Privacy Guidelines.

Impersonation

Accounts that are established to impersonate another station or individual may be removed under our impersonation policy

Child Safety

Vurbl doesn’t allow content that endangers the emotional and physical well-being of minors. A minor is defined as someone under the legal age of majority — usually anyone younger than 18 years old in most countries/regions.

If you find content that violates this policy, report it. If you believe that a child is in danger, you should contact your local law enforcement to report the situation immediately.

If you’re posting content

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

  • Sexualization of minors: Sexually explicit content featuring minors and content that sexually exploits minors. We report content containing child sexual abuse imagery to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who work with global law enforcement agencies.
  • Harmful or dangerous acts involving minors: Content that records a minor participating in dangerous activities or encouraging minors to do dangerous activities. Never put minors in harmful situations that may lead to injury, including dangerous stunts, dares, or pranks.
  • Infliction of emotional distress on minors: Content that could cause minor participants or viewers emotional distress, including:
    • Exposing minors to mature themes
    • Simulating parental abuse
    • Coercing minors
    • Violence
  • Misleading family content: Content that targets young minors and families, but contains:
    • Sexual themes
    • Violence
    • Obscenity or other mature themes not suitable for young audiences
    • Family-friendly cartoons that target young minors and contain adult or age-inappropriate themes such as violence, sex, death, drugs, etc. Make sure your titles, descriptions, and tags match the audience you are targeting. You can also age restrict your content upon upload if it’s intended for mature audiences.
  • Cyberbullying and harassment involving minors: Content that:
    • Targets individuals for abuse or humiliation
    • Reveals personal information like email addresses or bank account numbers
    • Records someone without their consent
    • Sexually harasses
    • Encourages others to bully or harass

This policy applies to audio, audio descriptions, comments, messages, posts, live streams, and any other Vurbl product or feature. Please note this is not a complete list.

Vulgar language

Some language is not appropriate for younger audiences. Use of sexually explicit language or excessive profanity in your audio or associated metadata may lead to the age-restriction of your video.

Inactive accounts policy

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

  • Not logging into the site for at least six months
  • Never having uploaded audio content
  • Not actively partaking in listening or commenting on audio or stations

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.

Age requirements on Vurbl products

We may ask you to confirm your age if we think that you are not old enough to use Vurbl. 

If a Vurbl creator’s on- and/or off-platform behavior harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem, we may respond based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the egregiousness of their actions and whether a pattern of harmful behavior exists.

Our response will range from suspending a creator’s privileges to account termination.