These are some simple guidelines to follow when you use the Change.org platform:

We’re big fans of free speech. Everyone has the right to express their point of view, even if it’s unpopular, on Change.org. However, hate speech (which includes, but is not limited to, speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity) is not allowed.

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, posting threats, posting private personal information and other forms of bullying are not tolerated. 

Don’t impersonate others on the site. Be yourself!

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

Pornography or sexually explicit videos, photos or text don’t belong 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. Make sure that your use of Change.org doesn’t violate the laws of your jurisdiction (in particular laws concering intellectual property) - Change.org will not help you if you engage in unlawful behavior, so play by the rules!

Want to know more? All of these guidelines are written out in more legal language in the User Conduct section of our Terms of Service.

How To Report

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

What happens if a petition violates these guidelines?

Petitions and “Reasons For Signing” violating these guidelines that are flagged by the community will be reviewed and potentially removed from the site.