Flickr Safety Guide
So, what’s Flickr?
Flickr is an awesome photo and video-sharing community run by Yahoo. Millions of members from all over the world are uploading photos and video that they have created, each sharing their unique view of the world. You can post, sort, and share pics and videos that you yourself have created with friends, family, andfolks from all over! Flickr Help can tell you more.
What are some possible risks on Flickr?
Flickr members are expected to act in ways that build a great community. They have to follow the Flickr Community Guidelines and your country’s Yahoo Terms of Service. (If you are logged into Flickr, this link will take you directly to your local Terms).
But things happen. Just like in the real world, there are people who may behave inappropriately.
Check out our do’s and don’ts of what is expected from Flickr Community members with regard to content . Be savvy when you’re on Flickr and:
How can you reduce these risks? It’s a no-brainer! Review Flickr’s safety features below, learn how to report abuse, and ask your fam for help staying safer on Flickr.
What safety features should I know about on Flickr?
Here’s a bunch of them. You can:
How can I filter the content that I upload?
Flickr is a huge community made up of tons of different people. What's OK in your backyard may not be OK in theirs. To help everyone get along, we have content filters that let you flag your images and videos as you upload them. Everyone is responsible for labeling their own content. You can filter your content by safety level (safe, moderate, and restricted) and type (photos/videos, illustration or other non-photo images, or screencasts/screenshots). Putting your content in these categories means that everyone can use filters when they search, so they can see only what they want to see.
Read more about content filters in our FAQ.
How can I stop my photos from appearing in public searches or on other people’s websites?
There’s technology that lets developers create cool programs with stuff from Flickr. Stuff like letting you use your pics to make a calendar, or using new ways to show off public photos. Learn more about the Flickr API on the help site.
If everything works like it’s supposed to, your photo, appearing on another site, will link back to the photo page as it looks in your photostream. Your photo will be for non-commercial use. The actual image is not hosted on the other site, but the way it looks might be different from what you’re used to.
Other ways your photos might show up outside of Flickr, but still be hosted here, are through:
It’s OK if you don’t want your photos shown on sites outside of Flickr. You can exclude your photos from public searches on Flickr itself or through other software that works with Flickr. You can always opt out of applications that connect with Flickr's database. Your photos will still be searchable on Flickr.com and you will still be able to use outside websites for your own stream if you give them permission. We also let you hide the Blog This button above images. This stops people from using Flickr's blogging feature.
Now, it could happen that your image may be hosted on Flickr but someone has just linked to the static image element and not through to your photostream itself. That’s not cool; it’s against the Flickr Community Guidelines. If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a note through Help by Email.
How can I remove content that isn’t suitable for all ages from my search results?
Not a problem! SafeSearch is a tool that lets you control what comes up in your searches on Flickr. It's already turned on by default.
When you first join Flickr, you’re account SafeSearch default is “safe”. You can however choose to see “moderate” content as well. Moderate? Moderate photos and videos may feature naked breasts and bare bottoms, but nothing more. Here how to make that change:
Note: If you are in Singapore, Hong Kong, or Korea, you will only be able to view safe content based on your local Terms of Service — you won’t be able to turn SafeSearch off.
And just a reminder: Be sure to report abuse if you spot any inappropriate photos or videos!
A few more tips:
Your Web address can’t be changed. Once you’ve made up your own personalized web address, you can’t change it.
Flickr video. You can post videos up to 90 seconds long if the content is “safe or moderate.” If you upload a video, it must be a video you created. If Flickr finds out you uploaded a restricted video or a video you didn’t create, the video will be removed and you’ll receive a warning. Not cool. If you regularly upload content that isn’t yours, you may not be able to upload anymore. If you’re a repeat abuser, your account may be deleted.
Copyright infringement. OK, let’s say you find photos or video that you’ve taken in someone else’s Flickr account. A lot of times, people don’t understand copyright and might have uploaded your stuff in error. Or, you can contact the Yahoo Copyright Team about filing at Notice of Infringement. Click on the “Copyright” link that’s available in the footer of ever page to find out how so your message will go to the correct Yahoo Copyright people.
How can I report a problem I see on Flickr?
It’s super easy. Try the Report Abuse link at the bottom of every page. Use it to report obscene language, offensive content, threats of violence, harassment, or anything else that violates either the Yahoo Terms of Service or Flickr’s Community Guidelines. If you click that link when you’re on the page where the content is, we’ll get the info we need to best take action.
Flickr’s Abuse & Advocacy Team will take action as needed. They could even deactivate an abuser’s account. Yahoo’s legal team gets involved right away with reports that show child pornography or solicitation of a minor. When needed, they report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
What else can I do to use Flickr more safely?
Start by checking out our general tips for online safety. There’s a bunch of good ones, including protecting your online identity, keeping your passwords secret, being cautious about contact with strangers, and creating a family pledge for online safety. For your own safety, get to know these features and add a parent or another trusted adult as a Flickr friend so they can see what’s up.
Yahoo is committed to providing a safer online experience for all of us, and it complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Flickr has a number of safety features to limit your risks. However, protecting all of us is a responsibility we share with parents, teachers, and others.