Community Guidelines

Every day, people around the world use Change.org to start, join and win campaigns around issues they care about. We try very hard to make sure that our site is a safe place where the rights of others are respected. Although we cannot guarantee that this will be true all of the time, we’ve created some simple guidelines to follow when you use the Change.org platform:

We’re big fans of free speech. Everyone on Change.org has the right to express their point of view, even if it’s unpopular. But we do not allow hate speech -- advocacy of beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people has no place on Change.org. This typically includes, but is not limited to, speech which attacks or maligns a person or group based on their class, veteran status, gender identity, or immutable characteristics (race, ethnic origin, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, age, sexual orientation).

Friction, debate, and disagreement on our site is inevitable -- we’re a social change platform. However, Change.org is not a platform for bullying or harassment. Predatory behavior, stalking, threats, inciting violence and/or other forms of bullying are not tolerated.

Don’t impersonate others on the site. Be yourself! Signatures using fake names and/or invalid email addresses are not allowed.

No one likes a spammer. Using Change.org to email out advertisements, collect personal information, or engage in other spam-like behavior is not allowed.

Pornography or sexually explicit videos, photos, or text have no place on Change.org.

Emotionally powerful petition photos and videos can make or break a campaign. But there’s a line between showing what’s important and posting needlessly violent or upsetting imagery. Don’t post graphic photos and videos with the intention of being inflammatory or shocking.

Don’t break the law. You may not use Change.org for any illegal purpose or activity. Make sure that your use of Change.org doesn’t violate the laws of your jurisdiction (in particular laws concerning intellectual property). Change.org will not help you if you engage in unlawful behavior, so play by the rules.

Respect others’ privacy, and privacy regulations. Don’t post private information on Change.org. This can include identification documents, credit card numbers, home addresses, private telephone numbers, or photographs of people in private settings posted without their consent.

You don't like getting sick, and neither do we. Don’t upload any material that contains software viruses or other computer code designed to interrupt, destroy or otherwise create harm.

Emergency situations! If you come across material on Change.org indicating a potential emergency situation -- for example, if a person is in danger of bodily harm -- please contact your local authorities immediately.

How To Report

We rely on our community to flag content that violates these guidelines. Members can do this through the “Flag” function on all petitions and below all “Reasons For Signing.” You can also file a Help Center request.

What happens if a petition violates these guidelines?

Once a petition or “Reason For Signing” is flagged we will review and potentially remove it from the site. We reserve the right -- at all times, and for any reason -- to edit or remove any material and/or suspend the account of any user.

Our team regularly updates these Community Guidelines to be as comprehensive as possible -- check back often for updates, and please contact our Help Center if you have any questions!