Community Standards

Violence and Criminal Behaviour

We aim to prevent potential real-world harm that may be related to content on Breaker. We understand that people commonly express disdain or disagreement by threatening or calling for violence in facetious and non-serious ways. That’s why we try to consider the language, context and details in order to distinguish casual statements from content that constitutes a credible threat to public or personal safety. In determining whether a threat is credible, we may also consider additional information like a targeted person’s public visibility and vulnerability. We remove content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety, including but not limited to the following threats:

  • Credible statements of intent to commit violence against any person, groups of people, or place (city or smaller). We assess credibility based upon the information available to us and generally consider statements credible if the following are present: 
    • A target (person, group of people, or place) and  
    • Bounty/demand for payment, or
    • Mention or image of specific weapon, or
    • Sales offer or ask to purchase weapon, or
    • Spelled-out address or named building, or
    • A target and two or more of the following details (can be two of the same detail): 
      • Location
      • Timing
      • Method
    • Any statement of intent to commit violence against a vulnerable person (identified by name, title, image, or other reference) or vulnerable group, including (but not limited to) heads-of-state, witnesses and confidential informants, activists, and journalists
    • Calls for violence or statements advocating violence against the following targets (identified by name, title, image, or other reference)  
      • Any vulnerable person or group including (but not limited to) heads of state, national elected officials, witnesses and confidential informants, activists, and journalists
      • Public individuals, if credible as defined above
      • Groups of people or unnamed specific person(s), if credible
      • Places, if credible
      • Where no target is specified but a symbol representing the target or a visual of weapons is included
    • Aspirational and conditional statements of violence against  
      • Any vulnerable groups
      • Public individuals, if credible (unless the individual is convicted of certain crimes or is a member of a dangerous organization)
      • Vulnerable person(s), if credible
      • Groups of people or unnamed specific person(s), if credible
      • Places, if credible
  • Any content created for the express purpose of outing an individual as a member of a designated and recognizable at-risk group
  • Instructions on how to make or use weapons if the goal is to injure or kill people as may be evident from:  
    • Language explicitly stating that goal, or
    • Imagery that shows or simulates the end result (serious injury or death) as part of the instruction

Unless there is clear context that the content is for an alternative purpose (for example, shared as part of recreational self-defense activities, training by a country’s military, commercial video games, or news coverage)

  • Instructions on how to make or use explosives, unless there is clear context that the content is for a non-violent purpose (for example, clear scientific/educational purpose use or fireworks)
  • Exposure of vulnerable individuals’ identities without their permission
  • Any content containing statements of intent, calls for action, representation, support or advocation for violence due to voting, voter registration, or the outcome of an election
  • Misinformation that contributes to imminent violence or physical harm

Dangerous Individuals and Organizations

In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that are engaged in the following to have a presence on Breaker:  

  • Terrorist activity
  • Organized hate
  • Mass or serial murder
  • Human trafficking
  • Organized violence or criminal activity

We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders, or individuals involved in these activities.  We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence on our platform:

  • Terrorist organizations and terrorists.  A terrorist organization is defined as:
    • Any non-governmental organization that engages in premeditated acts of violence against persons or property to intimidate a civilian population, government, or international organization in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim
  • A member of a terrorist organization or any person who commits a terrorist act is considered a terrorist.  A terrorist act is defined as:
    • A premeditated act of violence against persons or property carried out by a non-government actor to intimidate a civilian population, government, or international organization in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.
  • Hate organizations and their leaders and prominent members.  A hate organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is organized under a name, sign, or symbol and that has an ideology, statements, or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.
  • Mass and serial murderers.    
    • We consider a homicide to be a mass murder if it results in four or more deaths in one incident
    • We consider any individual who has committed two or more murders over multiple incidents or locations a serial murderer
    • We make these assessments based upon the information available to us and will generally apply this policy to a mass or serial murderer who meets any of the following criteria:  
      • They were convicted of mass or serial murder.
      • They were killed by law enforcement during commission of the mass or serial murder or during subsequent flight.
      • They killed themselves at the scene or in the aftermath of the mass or serial murder.
      • They were identified by law enforcement with images from the crime.
  • Human trafficking groups and their leaders.  Human trafficking groups are organizations responsible for any of the following:  
    • Prostitution of others, forced/bonded labor, slavery, or the removal of organs
    • Recruiting, transporting, transferring, detaining, providing, harboring, or receiving a minor, or an adult against their will
  • Criminal organizations and their leaders and prominent members.  A criminal organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including (but not limited to)  
      • Homicide
      • Drug trafficking
      • Arms trafficking
      • Identity theft
      • Money laundering
      • Extortion or trafficking
      • Assault
      • Kidnapping
      • Sexual exploitation  

We do not allow symbols that represent any of the above organizations or individuals to be shared on our platform without context that condemns or neutrally discusses the content.

We do not allow content that praises any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

Promoting or Publicizing Crime

We prohibit people from promoting or publicizing violent crime, theft, and/or fraud because we do not want to condone this activity and because there is a risk of copycat behavior. We also do not allow people to depict criminal activity or admit to crimes they or their associates have committed. We do, however, allow people to debate or advocate for the legality of criminal activities, as well as address them in a rhetorical or satirical way.  Do not post content depicting, admitting, or promoting the following criminal acts committed by you or your associates

  • Acts of physical harm committed against people
  • Acts of physical harm committed against animals except in cases of hunting, fishing, religious sacrifice, or food preparation/processing
  • Poaching or selling endangered species or their parts
  • Staged animal vs. animal fights
  • Theft
  • Vandalism or property damage
  • Fraud
  • Trafficking  
  • Sexual violence or sexual exploitation, including sexual assault

Coordinating Harm  

In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we prohibit people from facilitating or coordinating future criminal activity that is intended or likely to cause harm to people, businesses, or animals. People can draw attention to harmful activity that they may witness or experience as long as they do not advocate for or coordinate harm. Do not post statements of intent, calls to action, or advocating for the following:  

  • Acts of physical harm committed against people
  • Acts of physical harm committed against animals except in cases of hunting, fishing, religious sacrifice, or food preparation/processing
  • Poaching or selling endangered species and their parts
  • Staged animal vs. animal fights
  • Theft
  • Vandalism/property damage
  • Fraud, defined as the deliberate deception to take advantage of another, secure an unfair gain, or deprive another of money, property, or legal right. Examples of fraud include, but are not limited to:  
    • Bribery
    • Embezzlement
    • Money Laundering (concealment of the origins of criminally obtained money)
    • Supporting and/or facilitating the misuse of payment cards
  • Voter fraud, defined as any offers to buy or sell votes with cash or gifts.
    • Voter suppression, defined as Misrepresentation of the dates, locations, and times, and methods for voting or voter registration
    • Misrepresentation of who can vote, qualifications for voting, whether a vote will be counted, and what information and/or materials must be provided in order to vote.
    • Other misrepresentations related to voting in an official election may be subject to false news standards.
  • Arranged marriages with refugees or internally displaced persons
  • Trafficking  
  • Sexual violence or sexual exploitation, including sexual assault  
  • Offers of services to smuggle or assist in smuggling people.

Safety

People need to feel safe in order to build community. We are committed to removing content that encourages real-world harm, including (but not limited to) physical, financial, and emotional injury.

Suicide and self-injury 

In an effort to promote a safe environment on Breaker, we remove content that encourages suicide or self-injury, including depictions that might lead others to engage in similar behavior. Self-injury is defined as the intentional and direct injuring of the body, including self-mutilation and eating disorders.  

We remove any content that identifies and negatively targets victims or survivors of self-injury or suicide seriously, humorously, or rhetorically. People can, however, share information about self-injury and suicide to draw attention to the issue and allow for discussion so long as they do not promote or encourage self-injury or suicide.

Child nudity and sexual exploitation of children  

We do not allow content that sexually exploits or endangers children. When we become aware of apparent child exploitation, we report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) or similar associations by country, in compliance with applicable law.

Sexual exploitation of adults 

We recognize the importance of Breaker as a place to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We believe this is an important part of building common understanding and community. In an effort to create space for this conversation while promoting a safe environment, we remove content that depicts, threatens or promotes sexual violence, sexual assault, or sexual exploitation, while also allowing space for victims to share their experiences. We remove content that displays, advocates for, or coordinates sexual acts with non-consenting parties or commercial sexual services, such as prostitution and escort services. We do this to avoid facilitating transactions that may involve trafficking, coercion, and non-consensual sexual acts.  

Bullying

Bullying happens in many places and comes in many different forms from making statements degrading someone’s character to posting inappropriate images to threatening someone. We do not tolerate bullying on Breaker because we want the members of our community to feel safe and respected.  

Our bullying policies do not apply to public figures because we want to allow discourse, which often includes critical discussion of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. Discussion of public figures nonetheless must comply with our Community Standards, and we will remove content about public figures that violates other policies, including hate speech or credible threats.

Harassment 

We do not tolerate harassment on Breaker. We want people to feel safe to engage and connect with their community. Our harassment policy applies to both public and private individuals because we want to prevent unwanted or malicious contact on the platform. Context and intent matter, and we allow people to share content if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to harassment. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Breaker to help protect against it.

Privacy Violations and Image Privacy Rights 

Privacy and the protection of personal information are fundamentally important values for Breaker. We work hard to keep your account secure and safeguard your personal information in order to protect you from potential physical or financial harm. You may not post personal or confidential information about yourself or others. We also provide people ways to report imagery that they believe to be in violation of privacy rights.

Objectionable Content

Hate Speech

We do not allow hate speech on Breaker because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.  

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.

Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. Similarly, in some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. When this is the case, we allow the content, but we expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.

We allow humor and social commentary related to these topics. In addition, we believe that people are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary using their authentic identity.

Violence and Graphic Content

We remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others because it may create an environment that discourages participation. We allow graphic content (with some limitations) to help people raise awareness about issues. We know that people value the ability to discuss important issues like human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. We also know that people have different sensitivities with regard to graphic and violent content.  Do not post imagery of violence committed against real people or animals with comments or captions by the poster that contain:

  • Enjoyment of suffering
  • Enjoyment of humiliation
  • Erotic response to suffering
  • Remarks that speak positively of the violence; or
  • Remarks indicating the poster is sharing footage for sensational viewing pleasure
  • Videos of dying, wounded, or dead people if they contain
    • Dismemberment unless in a medical setting
    • Visible internal organs
    • Charred or burning people
    • Victims of cannibalism
  • Videos that show child abuse, which is defined as
    • Repeated kicking, beating, slapping, or stepping on by an adult or animal
    • Strangling or suffocating by an adult or animal
    • Drowning by an adult or animal
    • Biting through skin by an adult or animal
    • Poisoning by an adult
    • Forcible restraint by an adult
    • Inflicting of burn or cut wounds by an adult
    • Forcible smoking
    • Tossing, rotating, or shaking of an infant (too young to stand) by their wrists/ankles, arms/legs, or neck

Cruel and Insensitive

We believe that people share and connect more freely when they do not feel targeted based on their vulnerabilities. As such, we have higher expectations for content that we call cruel and insensitive, which we define as content that targets victims of serious physical or emotional harm.  Do not post content that depicts real people and mocks their implied or actual serious physical injuries, disease, or disability, non-consensual sexual touching, or premature death.

Adult Nudity and sexual activity

Breaker does not allow videos that contain explicit depictions of nudity or sexual acts (in most cases), nor do we allow videos that seem primarily focused on sexual stimulation. Sexually explicit content like pornography is not allowed. In most cases, violent, graphic, or humiliating fetishes are not allowed. We also don’t allow videos designed to advertise goods and services of an erotic nature.

Of course, Breaker respects creative expression above all else. That’s why we allow depictions of nudity and sexuality that serve a clear creative, artistic, aesthetic, or narrative purpose.

We also allow non-sexual nudity, including naturalistic and documentary depictions of human bodies.

Be sure to rate your content appropriately.

Although Breaker allows artistic and non-sexual nudity, these videos must still be marked with an appropriate content rating for all countries and territories where it is distributed via the platform.

Help us keep Breaker artistic, not pornographic. 

If you see a video that violates our guidelines or isn’t rated appropriately, please flag it to bring it to a moderator’s attention.

Integrity and Authenticity  

Spam

We work hard to limit the spread of commercial spam to prevent false advertising, fraud, and security breaches. We do not allow people to use misleading or inaccurate information. Do not post material which:

  • Has as its primary purpose artificially increasing distribution for financial gain
  • Maliciously uses login credentials or personally identifiable information by attempting to gather or share login credentials or personally identifiable information or using another person’s login credentials or personally identifiable information
  • Promises non-existent Breaker features

Misrepresentation  

Do not:

  • Misrepresent your identity by providing a false date of birth
  • Misuse our profiles product by  
    • Creating a profile for someone under eighteen years old
    • Creating another account after being banned from the site
    • Evading the registration requirements outlined in our Terms and Conditions
  • Impersonate others by  
    • Using their images with the explicit aim to deceive people
    • Creating a profile assuming the persona of or speaking for another person or entity
    • Creating a Channel assuming to be or speak for another person or entity for whom the user is not authorized to do so.
    • Posting imagery that is likely to deceive the public as to the content’s origin, if:  
      • The entity or an authorized representative, objects to the content, and
      • Can establish a risk of harm to members of the public.  
    • Engage in inauthentic behavior, which includes creating, managing, or otherwise perpetuating  
      • Accounts that are fake
      • Accounts that have fake names
      • Accounts that participate in, or claim to engage in, coordinated inauthentic behavior, meaning that multiple accounts are working together to do any of the following:  
        • Mislead people about the origin of content
        • Mislead people about the destination of links off our services (for example, providing a display URL that does not match the destination URL)
        • Mislead people in an attempt to encourage shares, likes, or clicks
        • Mislead people to conceal or enable the violation of other policies under the Community Standards
  • Encourage policy violations

Intellectual Property

Breaker takes intellectual property rights seriously and believes they are important to promoting expression, creativity, and innovation in our community. You own all of the content and information you post on Breaker, and you control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. However, before sharing content on Breaker, please be sure you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect other people’s copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights. We are committed to helping people and organizations promote and protect their intellectual property rights. Breaker’s Terms and Conditions do not allow people to post content that violates someone else’s intellectual property rights, including copyright and trademark.  

Upon receipt of a report from a rights holder or an authorized representative, we will remove or restrict content that engages in:

  • Copyright infringement
  • Trademark infringement

Content and Account Related Requests we comply with:

  • User requests for removal of their own account
  • Requests for removal of a deceased user’s account from a verified immediate family member or executor
  • Requests for removal of an incapacitated user’s account from an authorized representative
  • Government requests with appropriate documentation