At VSCO we aim to create and maintain a safe space for creators like you to experiment freely, be inspired, and make meaningful connections. We created Messages to help you do just that, by allowing you to connect with other VSCO creators on our platform and exchange editing tips, share compelling profiles and content, and receive creative feedback from your peers!
Who can send a message?
As a VSCO creator, you can start unlimited conversations with other creators who follow you and up to 3 conversations per day with creators who don’t follow you. You can also continue existing conversations and respond to messages you receive. Creators who pay for a VSCO membership (VSCO Members) can send unlimited messages to anyone on VSCO.
We’ve heard your feedback and it is very important to us that you feel safe when using VSCO Messages. For that reason, when we created this feature, we designed it with safety in mind so that you have full control over who you choose to interact with.
When you receive a message, you have the following options:
- Accept - This will allow you to interact with the message sender.
- Ignore - If you “ignore” a message, it will be removed from your Messages inbox. The message sender will not receive a notification.
- Block - This will block the creator from following, messaging, or interacting with your account. No notification will be sent to the blocked creator. Reporting options will also appear once you block a message sender if you believe the creator is in violation of our Community Guidelines.
Can I control who messages me?
We’ve set up options that give you control over your messages. You can choose to accept messages only from creators you follow. This control can be found under “Preferences” in the “Settings” menu.
In order to promote a safe and age-appropriate experience on VSCO, Message preferences for creators under 18 are defaulted to “Only allow messages from people I follow” upon sign-up.
Spotting Red Flags
Someone offering you money in exchange for a service is a good indicator that it may be a scam. Be on the lookout for creators offering money in exchange for your photos, you being a sugar baby, and for a modeling contract, as a few examples. While they may claim there are no strings attached, it may actually be a scam.
If another creator is offering money in exchange for using your work as inspiration, be sure you do your diligence first.
Common scams to be on the lookout for:
Being offered an allowance to be a sugar baby
|Being offered money to use your work||
Being offered a modeling contract
When in doubt, use the steps below to report an account to our Trust & Safety Team and we will look into it. For more information, please visit our detailed Safety Center Article on Fraud, Scams, and Spam here.
Reporting a creator
Our Trust & Safety Team is here to help if you feel unsafe while using Messages.
If a creator who is messaging you is violating our Community Guidelines, for example, by using Messages to bully, harass, or share inappropriate content with you, let our Trust & Safety Team know by clicking the icon in the top right corner and selecting the “Report” option.
Leaving a conversation
You also have the option to leave a conversation once it has started. Leaving a conversation will temporarily remove that conversation from your Messages inbox, and will not notify the other creator of your action. You can leave a conversation by clicking the icon in the top right corner and selecting the “Leave” option.
Leaving a conversation does not prevent the creator from messaging you again in the future and re-opening the thread. If you wish to prevent a creator from being able to message you, please use our blocking feature.
Blocking a creator
Blocking a creator will end the relationship between you and another person on VSCO. Once blocked, that creator will no longer be able to message you, and you will no longer be able to message that creator. This will also prevent the creator from following you or interacting with your account. No notification will be sent to the blocked creator if you choose to block them. For more information, visit Blocking on VSCO.