Community Guidelines


Music Battles’s mission is to promote creativity and fun. We are creating a global community in which everyone can create and share in an authentic way, discover the world around them and connect with users form other countries. Likewise we are committed to guarantee the safety of all the users. Our Community Guidelines reflect our values, define a common behavior code and describe the steps we take to avoid harmful conducts. These guidelines also allow the existence of a safe space shared by the community.

Music Battles is an inclusive app based on responsible freedom of speech. We encourage our users to celebrate their unique traits and to join a community that does the same. We appreciate that our users belong to a variety of nationalities and cultures, and we take into consideration the cultural norms of each country in which we operate.

Our priority is to offer a safe and favorable environment. We believe that safety is a cornerstone for people’s comfort and freedom of speech. We want to promote an environment that facilitates authentic interactions by keeping fake content and accounts outside our application.

Our values are the cornerstone of our Community Guidelines. We delete all content (videos, audio, pictures and texts) that violate our Community Guidelines and we will suspend or block the accounts that commit serious and repeated offenses. In some cases, we can go further and report the account to the competent authorities to guarantee the safety of the community. We use a mix of technology, human review and comments of our community to identify and eliminate those content that violate the Community Guidelines.

All users should comply with the Community Guidelines, as well as with all the contents shared inside Music Battles. These guidelines provide general rules about what is allowed and what is not in the Application, but they do not form an exhaustive list. We recognize that some contents that normally would be deleted according to our guidelines could be useful for the public. Thus, we can allow exceptions in certain situations, as described in the following sections.

We periodically update the Community Guidelines to adapt to the behavior of the community, mitigate emerging risks to guarantee that Music Battles is a safe place for the existence of creativity and fun.


People and dangerous organizations

We do not allow that people or dangerous organizations use the Application to promote terrorism, crime or other types of harmful behaviors. When there is a credible threat for public security we will block the account and denounce it to the corresponden security organisms.


Terrorists and terrorist organizations

Terrorists and terrorist are defined as any non-state actor that uses premeditated violencia or violence threats to cause harm to civilians and non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating or threatening a population, a government or an international organizations with political, religious, ethnic or ideologic purposes.


Other people and dangerous organizations.

We define people and dangerous organizations as those who commit criminal acts or cause other type of serious offenses. These are some of the type of groups and crimes:


  • Groups that incite to hate
  • Extremist violent organizations
  • Organized crime
  • Homicide
  • Human trafficking
  • Organ trafficking
  • Arms trafficking
  • Drug trafficking
  • Kidnapping
  • Extorsion
  • Blackmail
  • Money laundering
  • Fraud
  • Cybercrime
  • Gender violence


The following shouldn’t be published:


  • Names, symbols, logos, flags, slogans, uniforms, gestures, portraits or other objects whose purpose is to represent people or dangerous organizations;
  • Content that praises, support or encourage terrorism, crime or other behaviors whose purpose is to cause harm;
  • Exceptions: educational, historic and satirical content, as well as any other typo of content that can be identified as replicas whose purpose is to raise awareness about the harm caused by other people of dangerous organizations.

Ilegal activities and regulated goods

We forbid the commercialization, sale, promotion and use of determined regulated goods, as well as the representation or promotion of criminal activities. Some goods are not regulated or are not consideren ilegal in some countries. However, due to the nature of our global community we take into account the different jurisdictions and we make an effort to apply our guidelines in a coherent way in all the world. This could happen in the elimination of content that is not considered as illegal in the jurisdiction where it was published.


Promotion of criminal activities.

We forbid the commercialization, sale, promotion and use of determined regulated goods, as well as the representation or promotion of criminal activities. Some goods are not regulated or are not consideren ilegal in some countries. However, due to the nature of our global community we take into account the different jurisdictions and we make an effort to apply our guidelines in a coherent way in all the world. This could happen in the elimination of content that is not considered as illegal in the jurisdiction where it was published.

The following should not be published:


  • Content that promotes acts of physical damage, such as aggression or kidnapping;
  • Content that puts in danger the safety of other people, such as jokes that consist in performing fake calls to emergency services;
  • Content that promotes human exploitation or wildlife trafficking;
  • Content that offers or insinuate the purchase, sale or exchange of illegally acquired goods;
  • Content that provides instructions about how to perform ilegal activities.

Sale or use of weapons.

To protect our community usually we do not allow the representations, commerce or promotion of weapons, munition, firearm accessories or explosives. We also forbid the publication of instructions about how to fabricate said weapons. We can concede exceptions for content that show firearms or other types of weapons in the next cases: in a fictional setting, as part of a museum collection, carried by a police officer, in a military parade or used in a safe and controlled environment, like in a shooting range.

The following should not be published:

  • Contents that refer to firearms, firearm accessories, munition or explosives;
  • Contents that offer, sell, commercialize or request firearms, accessories, munition, explosives or instructions about how to manufacture them.

Drugs and controlled substances

To protect our community, we don’t allow the publication of content that represent the use of sell of drugs and other controlled substances.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that refers to drugs and drug consumption or that encourages other to prepare, use or traffic with drugs or other controlled substances;
  • Contents that sell, offer, market or request drugs or other controlled substances;
  • Content that provides information on how to buy controlled or ilegal substances.

Frauds and scams

We don’t allow the use of our Application to harm other people (for example, through the use of mechanisms to defraud or steal actives). We delete content whose purpose is to deliberately mislead users to obtain an illicit financial advantage.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that promotes identity fraud;
  • Content that promotes pyramidal schemes or Ponzi
  • Content that promotes fixed bets, easy money systems or other types of scams.

Graphic and violent content

We do not allow the use of violent content whose purpose is to shock or cause users disgust, or encourage or facilitate acts of violence or physical harm outside the network. We will delete all content that represent people or animals with a state of serious suffering, except when the content has educational, scientific, artistic or informative purposes. When we identify a real risk of violence or a public threat for public security, we will block the account and report it to the competent security organisms.


Graphic and violent content: human beings.

The following should not be published:

  • Gory content defined as injuries or open bloody wounds;
  • Contents that refers to human corpses in a coffin or funeral. We allow content with conserved corpses in a museum, or in a setting of autopsy or mummies;
  • Content that refers to the mutilation of real people, this includes amputations or limb injuries with the purpose of causing permanent damage;
  • Content that refers to violent and accidental deaths or real people;
  • Content that refers to violent fights, defined as two people attacking each other or other people physically that can result in serious injury. We allow professional or stage wrestling, traditional martial art or wrestling in a fictional setting;
  • Content that refers to violent torture, defined as causing physical and psychological damage deliberately.

Graphic and violent content: animals.

The following shouldn’t be published:

  • Content that refers to the killing of real animals;
  • Content that refers to the mutilation of real animals, this is defines as amputation or limb injuries with the purpose of causing permanent damage;
  • Content that refers to cruelty towards animals, defined as causing physical pain, suffering or death of real animals. It is allowed to cause physical pain during a surgery or other medical treatments.

Suicide, self-injury and dangerous acts.

We do not promote the participation in activities that can cause harm. We also don’t allow users to encourage other to participate in dangerous activities. We don’t allow the publication of content that promote self-injury or suicide, but we allow users to share their experiences with the purpose of raising awareness about these problems.

We encourage users that have constant thoughts about self-injury or suicide, or those who know someone who is thinking seriously in suicide to contact immediately the competent security organisms or suicide preventions lines.


Suicide

We eliminate those contents that show suicide acts or suicidal tendencies, as well as content that can encourage people in participating in similar actions. Some of these examples are suicide attempts or contents in which is shown a person committing suicide or that has the intention of committing acts that can cause self-inflicted death.

We forbid any type of content that praises or promotes suicide, or that show other people how to commit suicide.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that provides instructions about how to commit suicide
  • Contents that praises or promotes suicide
  • Incitement to suicide;
  • Exceptions: motivating content that helps overcome suicidal tendencias, like tips or testimonies to fight suicide.

Self-injury

To avoid normalizing, encouraging or triggering self-injury, we don’t allow the use of images that show those behaviors, independently of the user’s intention when publishing them. We will delete those contents that encourage or can encourage others to perform acts that can cause self-inflicted injuries. Neither we allow in the Application contents that promote bad dietary habits that can cause health problems

The following should not be published:

  • Content that refers to self-inflicted wounds;
  • Content that provides instructions about how to cause self-injuries
  • Content that promotes anorexia or other dangerous behaviors to lose weight;
  • Exeptions: Content that promotes assistance to help people involved in self-harm or that suffer eating disorders.

Dangerous acts

Perform risky activities or other dangerous behaviors in a non-professional context or without the necessary skills which can result in serious injury or death of the user or public. We don’t allow the publication of content that encourages, promotes or praises such behaviors. All dangerous scenes performed by amateurs or content that show dangerous challenges will be deleted from the Application.

The following shouldn’t be published:

  • Content that refers to the inappropriate use of dangerous tools;
  • Content that refers on how to drink liquids or substances not appropriate for human consumption;
  • Dangerous challenges that can cause injury;
  • Content that refers to underage children driving vehicles unauthorized legally for their age.

Hate speech

We don’t tolerate content that attacks or incites to violence against one person or a group of people based on protected characteristics. We don’t allow the publication of content that incite hate. In case of finding them, we will delete them of our Application. Likewise we will suspend or block those accounts that have repeated offenses related with hate speech.


Attacks on protected groups

Content that incites hate is defined as that whose purpose is to attack, threat, incite violence or dehumanize one person or a group of people based on their protected characteristics. We neither allow the publishing of content that threat verbally or physically with violent symbols or that represent harm to a person or group of people basen on protected characteristics.

These are some of the protected characteristics:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Caste
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Sickness or disability
  • Immigration status


The following shouldn’t be published:

The following shouldn’t be published:

  • Content that incites to violence of hate, or that dehumanize people or group of people basen on the characteristics mentioned above, which include:
  • Claiming that they are physically or morally inferior;
  • Inciting violence or justifying it against them;
  • Claiming that they are criminals;
  • Refering in a negative way to them as animals, inanimate objets or other non human entities;

Insults

Insults are defined as derogatory terms whose purpose is to undermine an ethnicity, race or any other protected characteristic mentioned above. We don’t tolerate them in our Application because we don’t want to contribute to the diffusion or offensive expressions. However, we are aware of the fact that insults can be used in a self-referential way, or could be reclaimed, that is why we can make exceptions when such insults are used in a song or in a self-referential satirical context.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that contains insults

Ideologies that incite hatred

The ideologies that incite hatred are not compatible with the inclusive and open community of our Application. We will delete the content that promotes ideologies that incite hatred.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that promotes any ideology that incites hatred by showing or talking in a positive way about logos, symbols, flags, slogans, uniforms, salutes, gestures, portraits, illustrations or names of people related with these ideologies;
  • Content that denies the existence of well documented violent events that happened in the past;
  • Music or lyrics of songs that promote ideologies that incite hatred.

Intimidation and harassment

Users must feel safe when expressing themselves, without fear of feeling ashamed, humiliated, harassed or teased. We are aware of the psychological suffering that abusive content can cause in people and we don’t tolerate abusive content or behaviors in our Application.


Abusive behavior

We will delete all expressions of abuse, as well as violent threats, sexual harassment and undermining declarations regarding appearance, intellect, personality traits and hygiene.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that threat a person with violence;
  • Content that wishes the death, serious sickness, physical harm or any other harm to one person;
  • Content that incites violence or coordinated harassment;
  • Content that harasses sexually a user by undermining his/her sexual activities or tries to perform an unwanted sexual contact;
  • Content that undermines a person based on attributes such as intellects, appearance, personality traits or hygiene;
  • Content that praises violent tragedies and that undermines their victims;

Violation of third party privacy

Revealing or threatening to reveal personal information can cause serious emotional suffering and cause real injuries. We consider these actions as a form of abuse and we will not allow them in Music Battles.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that reveal or threaten to reveal personally identifiable information, such as residence, private email address, private phone number, bank accounts, social security number or passport number;
  • Threatening to reveal sexual images or intimate content without consent.

Adult nudity and sexual activity

We don not allow the publication of explicit sexual content or pleasure content in Music Battles, neither animations of these type. The sexualized content imply a great amount of risks, such as legal sanction applications in some jurisdiction, and can cause harms to our users if images ares hared without consent (for example, the non-consensual diffusion of sexual acts). Besides, the explicit sexual content can be offensive in determined cultures. We allow certain exceptions when the content is educational, scientific or artistic. For example, we allow content that show scars of mastectomy or debate about these.


Sexual exploitation

Sexual exploitation is the attempt to harm a person by spreading in an inadequate way the previous sexual acts of the victim or his/her sexuality to obtain sexual pleasure, lucrative purposes or other personal benefits.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that refers, commits or incites the performance of non-consensual sexual acts;
  • Content that omits, promotes of praises the request of sexual activities or objectification.

Pornography and adult nudity

Pornography that shows sexual organs or sexual activities in an explicit way with the purpose of obtaining sexual pleasure.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that refers to sexual activities, such as penetration, sex without penetration or oral sex;
  • Contents that refers to human genitals, female nipples or buttocks for the purpose of sexual pleasure
  • Content that refers to sexual arousal
  • Content that refers to sexual fetishes

Minor security

We are very committed with child safety and we apply a policy of zero tolerance against harassment and abusive behavior towards minors. We don’t allow content that shows or spreads abuse of minors, child nudity or the sexual exploitation of minors, and we will denounce such content to the corresponding security agents. We neither allow content that shows minors performing criminal activities.

We commit to provide information and resources to help parents and children to learn how to navigate in safely in Music Battles. We rely on the voluntary declaration and user complaints to identify the ages of the account holders. When we identify underage account holders we delete their accounts from our Application.


Nudity and sexual exploitation related to minors

Nudes make reference to content that show visible private parts. Sexual exploitation of underage users is defined as the attempt to cause harm to a minor user through the inadequate disclosure of previous sexual acts or of their sexuality to obtain sexual pleasure, profit or other personal benefits.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that refers to minors private parts;
  • Contents that refers to the sexual exploitation of minors;
  • Content that refers to sexual activities as penetration, sex without penetration or oral sex with minores;
  • Content that refers to sexual arousal with minors;
  • Content that refers to sexual fetishes with minors;

Criminal behavior of minors

We consider as criminal behaviors the consumption of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that refers to minors that consume, possess, or they are suspected of consuming alcoholic drinks, drugs and tobacco.

Child abuse

Child abuse is defined as the action of abusing either physically or psychologically a minor from a position of power. Physical abuse is defined as inflicting injuries deliberately in a child’s body. Psychological abuse is defined as reprimanding a child with threats, physical or sexual violence, or by practices of harassment.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that refers to physical or psychological abuse of minor

Harassment of minors

Child harassment happens when an adult establishes an emotional relationship with a minor to gain their trust for the purpose of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or sex trafficking.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that encourages, shows or justify the bullying behaviors to minors.

Sexualization of minors

Sexualization is produced when the value of a person is judged only by his/her physical appearance or sexual behavior, even the exclusion of other characteristics. We don’t allow the publication or content that uses minor as sexual objects.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that refers to erotic dances of minors
  • Content that refers to sexual or erotic texts that involve minors.

Integrity and authenticity

Integrity and authenticity


Integrity and authenticity

The content whose purpose is to deceive or confuse the members of the community jeopardize our community based on trust. We don’t allow the publication of such content in our Application. Some of these activities include sending unsolicited advertising, identity theft, and disinformation campaigns.

Unsolicited advertising

  • The publication of content or the performance of activities whose purpose is to artificially increase popularity on the Application is prohibited. We also prohibit any attempt to manipulate the mechanisms of the Application to increase the interaction metrics.
  • The following should not be published:
  • Content that shares instructions on how to increase artificially the visualizations of votes, followers, shared content or comments;

Identity fraud

We are a community of authentic people and there’s no better way to be authentic than to be yourself. We do not allow our users to mislead others by impersonating their identities in our Application.

The following should not be published

  • Content that impersonates another person or organization by using a misleading name, biographical information or profile image, or by intentionally using a username similar to another user for misleading purposes. We allow exceptions for parody, comments, or followers account purposes, as long as the account does not mislead other users regarding its identity or purpose.

Misleading information

We do not allow content with misinformation that may cause harm to our community or the general public. Although we encourage our users to have respectful conversations regarding the topics that interest them, we will remove misleading content that may cause harm to a person's health or public safety in general. We will also remove content distributed by disinformation campaigns.

The following should not be published:

  • Content with erroneous information that incites fear, hatred or prejudice;
  • Content with erroneous information that may cause harm to a person's health, such as misleading information about medical treatments;
  • False content, manipulated or directed specifically against a victim in order to cause harm;
  • Content that attempts to mislead community members in connection with elections or other civic processes.

Intellectual property

We encourage all users to create and share original content. We do not allow users to publish or distribute content that infringes the intellectual property rights of third parties.

The following should not be published:

  • Content that infringes copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights of third parties

Threats to the security of the Application

In addition to the content and behavior described above, our policies prohibit activities that impair the Music Battles service.

  • Do not attempt to illegally access the Music Battles website, app, or partner networks, or attempt to circumvent our security measures to restrict user access;
  • Do not distribute files that contain viruses, Trojans, malware, logic bombs, or other materials that are considered malicious or harmful;
  • Do not modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or create derivative products based on Music Battles, such as files, tables or documentation, or attempt to regenerate any part of the source code, algorithms, methods or techniques that belong to Music Battles;
  • Don't use automated scripts to collect information from Music Battles.

Thank you for being a part of our vibrant global community and for collaborating with us to ensure a safe space for all users. If you find content or accounts that you believe may violate the Community Guidelines, please inform us at [email protected] so we can review it and take action.



Last update: February 2020.

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