Acceptable Use Policies


Capitalized terms used but not defined in these Acceptable Use Policies have the meanings assigned to them in our Terms of Service, Corporate Terms of Service, and Privacy Statement. For customers subject to the Corporate Terms of Service, "you" and "your" refer to "Customer" or "Users". "We", "us", "our" refer to "Variant".

1. Compliance with Laws and Regulations

You are responsible for using the Service in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and all of our Acceptable Use Policies. These policies may be updated from time to time and are provided below, as well as in our Terms of Service and Corporate Terms of Service

2. Content Restrictions

Under no circumstances will Users upload, post, host, execute, or transmit any Content that:

  • is unlawful or promotes unlawful activities;

  • is or contains sexually obscene content;

  • is libelous, defamatory, or fraudulent;

  • is discriminatory or abusive toward any individual or group;

  • gratuitously depicts or glorifies violence, including violent images;

  • is or contains false, inaccurate, or intentionally deceptive information that is likely to adversely affect the public interest (including health, safety, election integrity, and civic participation);

  • contains or installs any active malware or exploits, or uses our platform for exploit delivery (such as part of a command and control system); or

  • infringes any proprietary right of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other right.

3. Conduct Restrictions

While using the Service, under no circumstances will you:

  • harass, abuse, threaten, or incite violence towards any individual or group, including our employees, officers, and agents, or other users;

  • interact with platform features, in a way that significantly or repeatedly disrupts the experience of other users;

  • use our servers for any form of excessive automated bulk activity (for example, spamming), to place undue burden on our servers through automated means, or to relay any form of unsolicited advertising or solicitation through our servers, such as get-rich-quick schemes;

  • use our servers to disrupt or to attempt to disrupt, or to gain or to attempt to gain unauthorized access to, any service, device, data, account or network.

  • impersonate any person or entity, including any of our employees or representatives, including through false association with Variant, or by fraudulently misrepresenting your identity or site's purpose; or

  • violate the privacy of any third party, such as by posting another person's personal information without consent.

4. Services Usage Limits

You will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service without our express written permission.

5. Information Usage Restrictions

You may not use information from the Service (whether scraped, collected through our API, or obtained otherwise) for spamming purposes, including for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails to users or selling User Personal Information.

Your use of information from the Service must comply with the Variant Privacy Statement.

6. Privacy

Misuse of User Personal Information is prohibited.

Any person, entity, or service collecting data from the Service must comply with the Variant Privacy Statement, particularly in regards to the collection of User Personal Information. If you collect any User Personal Information from the Service, you agree that you will only use that User Personal Information for the purpose for which that User has authorized it. You agree that you will reasonably secure any User Personal Information you have gathered from the Service, and you will respond promptly to complaints, removal requests, and "do not contact" requests from us or other users.

7. Excessive Bandwidth Use

The Service's bandwidth limitations vary based on the features you use. If we determine your bandwidth usage to be significantly excessive in relation to other users of similar features, we reserve the right to suspend your Account, throttle your hosting, or otherwise limit your activity until you can reduce your bandwidth consumption. We also reserve the right—after providing advance notice—to delete Customer Content that we determine to be placing undue strain on our infrastructure.

8. Advertising on Variant

You may not promote or distribute content or activity that is illegal or otherwise prohibited by our Terms of Service, Community Guidelines, or Acceptable Use Policy, including excessive automated bulk activity (for example, spamming), get-rich-quick schemes, and misrepresentation or deception related to your promotion.

If you post any promotional materials in your Account, you are solely responsible for complying with all applicable laws and regulations. We reserve the right to remove any promotional materials or advertisements that, in our sole discretion, violate any Variant terms or policies.

9. Spam and Inauthentic Activity on Variant

Automated excessive bulk activity and coordinated inauthentic activity, such as spamming or driving up view-counts, are prohibited on Variant. Prohibited activities include:

  • bulk distribution of promotions and advertising prohibited by Variant terms and policies
  • inauthentic interactions, such as fake accounts and automated inauthentic activity
  • creation of or participation in secondary markets for the purpose of the proliferation of inauthentic activity
  • using Variant as a platform for propagating abuse on other platforms
  • phishing or attempted phishing

Variant reserves the right to remove any Content in violation of this policy.

10. User Protection

You must not engage in activity that significantly harms other users. We will resolve disputes in favor of protecting users as a whole.