Policies & Safety

Mature Content

We do permit mature content on WordPress.com, including text, images and videos that contain nudity, offensive language, and mature subject material. However, websites that contain such content must be marked as Mature in our system.

If you are publishing content that is intended for mature audiences, we ask that you provide us the courtesy of reporting your site here.

A website that is marked as Mature is excluded from public areas of the WordPress.com service. This means:

  • It will not appear in the Reader or other tag listings
  • It will not appear in Top Blogs listings, recent posts, or related posts listings on other blogs
  • The associated users cannot use that URL as a link in their WordPress.com Forums profile

Mature websites and their owners are permitted to utilize all other aspects of WordPress.com. We do not suspend accounts or sites solely for the presence of mature content, and there are no interstitials or other “age gates” on WordPress.com.

However, there are limitations to the mature content permitted on our service. Please don’t:

  • Post visual depictions of sexually explicit acts (such as, but not limited to, images, videos, and drawings) that can be considered pornographic;
  • Post links or ads to adult-oriented affiliate networks, such as pornography site signups;
  • Post links, text, or images promoting or advertising escort or erotic services;
  • Post images of extreme violence or gore. Exceptions may include posts which relate to world events, and which have associated context or commentary;
  • Post images of child pornography;
  • Post content that promotes pedophilia, such as sites with galleries of images of children where the images, content surrounding the images, or the intent of the blog is sexually suggestive.

Websites found to be hosting the above material will be suspended. Please note that this list is not intended to be exhaustive and further interpretation is down to our sole discretion. In cases of child pornography, we will report all incidences to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and fully cooperate with law enforcement.

If you have found a site on WordPress.com that is hosting mature content, please use the Report this content option in the blog menu of your Toolbar and select “This content should be marked as mature” to report it to us. If you do not have a WordPress.com account, you can report the site using our complaint form. Our staff will review the content and take action as necessary.

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