If the Trust & Safety team comes across a violation of our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service on your account, they will generally send a warning to your FlickrMail inbox as well as the login email on your account.
We understand that it usually is just an oversight and not someone trying to break the rules. When that’s the case, we are happy to help you bring your account into compliance!
These warning messages will include a description of the violation we found and the steps you can take to make corrections. In most cases, you will have 3 days to remove the content in violation.
Repeated or egregious violations of our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service can also result in the removal of content, loss of certain account privileges or access to certain tools, or being removed and banned from Flickr altogether.
Note: All content on Flickr, including your private content, friends & family content, comments, tags, photo descriptions, FlickrMail, etc., must abide by our guidelines.
Types of warnings include but are not limited to:
I was warned for a collection
This means our Trust & Safety team has found content in your Photostream that you may not have the appropriate rights to.
Only photos that you have created or photographed by yourself are permitted on Flickr, regardless of privacy setting. Posting anything copied from the internet or content others have shared to your Photostream is prohibited. This includes screenshots, GIFs, memes, and stock photos. Accounts that primarily consist of such collections may be deleted without warning.
Here’s how to delete photos or videos in bulk.
I was warned for commercial activity
This means that commercial activity was found on a free account.
Engaging in commercial activity is a Pro perk and is reserved for Pro subscribers only. This means that commercial activity, such as linking directly to marketplaces, stores, sales events, shopping carts, checkout pages, or pricing lists, is prohibited on free accounts.
Note: This includes any location on Flickr such as photos, photo descriptions, comments, About section, in FlickrMail, etc.
To bring your account into compliance, you’ll need to either remove all commercial activity or upgrade your account to Pro.
I was warned for prohibited content
This means that we have found content on your account that is strictly prohibited on the platform. We have a zero-tolerance policy for prohibited content. You can view the complete list of examples here.
Accounts that feature prohibited content may be deleted without warning.
What happens to my account once I’ve been warned?
Depending on the violation, different temporary limitations may be applied. Once your account is in compliance they will be lifted. Here is a list of limitations that may be placed on your account:
- Social functions are disabled (comments, FlickrMail, faves, posting to groups, posting in the Help Forum, following others, etc.)
- Your account is suspended
- Your account’s public visibility is reduced
- Your account is marked as unsafe
- Your ability to upload videos is disabled
How do I get the limitations lifted from my account and my social functions restored?
After making the corrections detailed in the warning message you received, you’ll need to let us know your account is ready for review by reaching out to our Trust & Safety team.
To have your account reviewed or if you have questions about this appeal process, please use our Contact Us form.
The warnings described above are not an exhaustive list of enforcement actions taken by our Trust & Safety team. By creating an account, you have agreed to abide by our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines, we ask that you please respect them for the safety and well-being of our community.