There’s no place for bullying or harassment on VSCO. We created VSCO to elevate your creativity and engage with others in a constructive and safe manner. Our Trust & Safety team combats bullying proactively by working on detection of this type of misbehavior and reactively by reviewing and acting on reports filed by our community.
Our Community Guidelines prohibit degrading, shaming and harassing others. Our mission is to help you fall in love with your own creativity and to provide you with the tools you need to self-express. Providing a safe space that enables self-expression is our priority and we will work tirelessly to ensure that your voice is not silenced by abuse of any kind.
Some of the behaviors we consider harassment include wishing harm on someone, using language to intimidate or isolate a person or group of individuals, encouraging others to participate in harassing behaviors, targeting somebody for their belonging to a protected category such as race, ethnicity, national origin, gender & gender identity, age, religious affiliation, disability or disease.
When we detect or review reports of harassment, we take into account context. We will factor in if the report is of media, text or a full profile. We will investigate the intent of the author, their history of rule-breaking in our platform and if the content is part of an isolated instance or a pattern of abuse. Our type of enforcement will vary depending on these elements. Whenever possible we will take an educational approach to share with the user our Community Guidelines and engage in a constructive dialogue about the impact of their content on others. However, depending on the severity of the misbehavior, there will be times when we will have to suspend a user.
What can you do if you are feeling bullied or harassed?
Unfollowing somebody on VSCO will prevent them from being able to message you.
Blocking allows you to restrict who can message you, favorite your images or publish them to their Collection. More information on how to block somebody here.
If you come across content on VSCO that makes you feel uncomfortable, our Trust & Safety team is here to help. For detailed steps on how to report content on VSCO, check out this article.
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