Privacy and Safety Center

Safety Tips

How do I manage my privacy on TheHashtagChallenge?
 

We work hard to keep TheHashtagChallenge a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. Please take a minute to read through these tips about the tools we've built and the best practices we've defined to help you stay safe on TheHashtagChallenge platform:

  • If someone is sharing photos or videos that make you uncomfortable, you can unfollow them. You can also report something that you feel violates our Community Guidelines.

  • If someone is bullying you, reach out to a trusted family member or teacher for help. You can also report bullying and harassment through the Help Center.

  • Make sure you're comfortable letting the photos and videos you share represent who you are to a wide audience, such as your parents, teachers or employers.

  • Never agree to do something or share anything that makes you uncomfortable.


Tips for Parents

What is TheHashtagChallenge?
TheHashtagChallenge is a free photo and video sharing online platform. People can upload photos or videos to our service and share them with their followers or with a select group of friends. They can also view, comment and like posts shared by their friends on TheHashtagChallenge. Anyone 13 and older can create an account by registering an email address and selecting a username.

Can I have access to my teen's TheHashtagChallenge account?
We appreciate your concern for your child's use of our platform, but unfortunately we can't give you access to the account or take any action on the account at your request. We're generally forbidden by privacy laws against giving unauthorized access to someone who isn't an account holder.

Please note that all users ages 13 and older are considered authorized account holders and are included in the scope of this policy.

TheHashtagChallenge requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they create an account (in some areas, the age limit may be higher).

How do I report a child under the age of 13 on TheHashtagChallenge?
TheHashtagChallenge requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). Accounts that represent someone under the age of 13 must clearly state in the account’s bio that the account is managed by a parent or manager. If your child is younger than 13 and has an account that isn’t managed by you or a manager, you can show them how to delete their account.

If you'd like to report an account belonging to someone under 13 or if you believe someone is impersonating your child who's under 13, please reach out to us on info@thehashtagchallenge.com. We will delete the account if we can't verify the account is managed by someone over 13 years old.

To learn more about our policies, you can read our Terms of Use.

Sharing Photos Safely
 

What should I do if someone is asking me to share a nude or sexual photo or video of myself on TheHashtagChallenge?
Sharing nude or sexual photos/videos is a violation of TheHashtagChallenge Community Guidelines, so the simplest answer you can give someone is, “No. It’s not allowed on TheHashtagChallenge.” But beyond TheHashtagChallenge, it’s important to think about how it would impact you if nude or sexual photos/videos of yourself got out of your control. This can happen the instant someone shares a photo or video. Sometimes people make mistakes, play stupid jokes, or act in anger and share things they shouldn’t.

If you’re under the age of 18, it’s especially important for you to know that sharing nude or sexually explicit images of minors—on the web, on mobile phones, by mail or any other way—is illegal in most countries and could have serious legal and life-changing consequences for both the creator of the images and anyone who requests them.

 

The safest thing you can do is never share nude photos/videos—or anything else you wouldn’t want other people seeing—to anyone, even if you feel very close to the person asking for them. If someone you care about asks you to share a nude photo/video or leave TheHashtagChallenge for a private web chat and you don’t want to, tell the person that it makes you feel uncomfortable. If this person really cares about you, he or she will understand. If anyone tries to threaten or intimidate you into sharing photos/video, just refuse. If it continues, tell someone you trust or contact the police.

Also remember that TheHashtagChallenge is a place to share your life with your followers through photos and video. When you allow someone to follow you, they may see personal information you've shared on TheHashtagChallenge (like your personal website URL or who follows you). The best way to stay safe is to only accept followers that you know well outside of TheHashtagChallenge platform.

What should I do if someone is threatening to share things I want to keep private (example: photos or videos)?
If someone is threatening to share things you intended to be private and asking you to send them money or anything else, you have options:

The safest thing you can do is never share something you wouldn’t want other people seeing, even if you feel like you trust the person asking you to share.

 

If you're under 18

We recommend talking with a parent or other adult you trust to help you think through what to do. We offer some tips for parents on safety and security on TheHashtagChallenge. Here are other resources for you to consider:

  • Contact a legal aid society or organization near you for free advice.

  • Ask a lawyer or other counselor for advice.

  • Talk to a school counselor or administrator.

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