Restricted & Prohibited Sponsored Ads

Three rules guide our decisions on the type of content we prohibit for sponsored Ads:

  • Dishonest Ads or Illegal behaviour
  • Ads that we deem inappropriate for our users and community
  • Ads that could endanger people or the community

Dishonest Ads or Illegal behaviour

We want to provide an honest and trustworthy experience for our users, so do not allow ads that enable dishonest or illegal behaviour on Qocial.

  • Badware and hacking: Do not promote content such as spyware, malware, or any other type of software that results in a misleading or deceptive user experience.
  • Copyrighted content and trademark violations: Ads (including landing pages) must not contain any content that infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party. This includes copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights. Advertisers are responsible for proper trademark and copyright use in their ad text and landing pages. Qocial reserves the right to remove ads in response to trademark and copyright owner complaints.
  • False documentation: Do not promote or sell false documentation such as fake IDs, passports, or other official documents.
  • Imitation or counterfeit goods
  • Do not promote the sale of counterfeit goods: Counterfeit goods mimic the brand features of the actual product in an attempt to pass themselves off as genuine.
  • Unsupported businesses: Do not promote products, services, or business models that we consider unacceptable. This could be related to payday loans, paycheck advances, and other short-term loans.
  • Do not promote business models that do not clearly explain their billing policy or value proposition, as we consider this deceptive and misleading.
  • Payday loans: Do not promote payday loan services.
  • Securities: Do not promote specific securities or ads that provide or claim to provide insider tips.
  • Artificial metric boosters: Do not promote services where people can purchase social media followers/likes, and app installs/reviews, or backlinks.
  • Academic fraud: Do not promote services that enable academic fraud.
  • Live animals: Do not promote the sale of live animals or products from endangered or at-risk species. Do not promote payday loan services.

Ads that we deem inappropriate for our users and community

These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Adult products or services: Do not promote adult-oriented services or products that include any form of nudity, depictions of people in explicit or suggestive positions, or activities that are overly suggestive or sexually provocative.
  • Alcohol: Do not promote or reference alcohol in your ads.
  • Weight loss products and services: We do not allow the promotion of weight loss products and services that make unrealistic claims encouraging unhealthy weight loss goals. We do not allow the promotion of weight loss pills, weight loss supplements, or fat burners.
  • Gambling and games: Ads that promote or facilitate online gambling, lotteries, casinos, sports bookings, fantasy sports, bingo, or poker.
  • Crowdfunding platforms: Do not promote campaigns that require crowdsourced funding.

Ads that could endanger other people or the community:

These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Unsafe supplements, illegal or recreational drugs
  • Do not promote online pharmacies, the sale of prescription and recreational drugs, or supplements that are known to be questionable or unsafe.
  • Tobacco: Do not promote tobacco products, which include cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or other paraphernalia like pipes, pipe cleaners, or rolling papers.
  • Violence: Do not promote acts that we deem as shocking, sensationalist, disrespectful, or excessively violent. This includes any content that expresses hatred, harassment, racism, sexism, or religious or political intolerance. Weapons, ammunition, and explosives
  • Do not promote firearms, ammunition, firearm accessories, or other types of weapons. We also do not allow ads that provide instructions on how to handle firearms that may lead to harming or killing people.
  • High-risk practices: Do not promote extremely high-risk practices that could substantially harm a person.

Other types of content we prohibit:

  • We do not allow advertisers to include their contact information (such as phone numbers or e-mail addresses) in the ad copy.
  • Information on how an advertiser can be contacted should be provided on the landing page, not in the ad copy.
  • If you review these guidelines and believe your ad should be approved, please contact us via Support Ticket.

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