Benefits Guidelines

How are these guidelines enforced?

We know most creators simply want to deliver beautiful services to their subscribers, but certain benefits are restricted. When trying to decide what counts as a benefit the Trust and Safety team does a complex and context sensitive analysis to determine what subscribers are paying for and the value they receive. We also have to make sure people aren’t circumventing our guidelines by sharing prohibited benefits off of Ritually that are not identified on Ritually.

As a result, the Trust and Safety team looks at a creator’s entire online presence when reviewing benefit tiers.

Illegal creations and benefits

Legality is very difficult to determine because every country and state has different laws. As a result we design our policies to make sense for a global company, not just where you are located. Here are some types of benefits that we do not allow anywhere on Ritually. In some of these cases, we will also report the account and work with law enforcement to identify the source. Benefits that are not allowed include:
- Images of child abuse and sexual depiction of minors.
- Images of human or animal abuse.
- Access to betting or gambling products or services.

Drugs, medication, and supplements

Sometimes people want to share their experience with struggles they faced and how they got better as a way of helping others who are struggling, and that’s more than okay. However, we don’t want creators to encourage harmful or dangerous behaviors. As a result, you cannot offer the following as a benefit:
- Drugs or drug paraphernalia.
- Partial payment for drugs, medication or supplements such as coupons, gift cards, or any incentive to purchase or obtain the categories mentioned above.
- Medication or food supplements such as weight loss, energy boost or miracle cures.
- Books or any other form of educational material claiming that they can help cure disease.

Note that Ritually allows creations engaging or discussing alternative medicine as long as it does not put people at risk. There is a fine line, but there is a difference between "Medical research on the use of CBD oil against dementia" vs "How to cure cancer only with Yoga" and the team actively reviews creations that might fall under the second category.

Weapons and explosives

We welcome creations about guns and other weapons on Ritually, but because we are a global company, we have some restrictions on the benefits you can offer. You cannot offer the following as benefits on Ritually:
- Offering lethal weapons as a benefit.
- Offering fireworks as a benefit.
- Benefits offering partial payment such as coupons, gift cards, or any incentive to purchase or obtain firearms or explosives.
- Tutorials, instructions, or demonstrations for crafting or modifying weapons, such as 3D printed designs, manufacturing firearms, and other Do-It-Yourself (DIY) creations.

Alcohol and smoking

You are welcome to create a page dedicated to beer tasting or making cocktails. The same is true if you want to review cigars and talk about the history of tobacco, but there are some limitations to the benefits you can offer. You cannot offer the following:
- Alcohol and smoking substances such as tobacco, cigars, vapes, e-cigarette, rolling paper, and cigarettes.
- Offering promotions, coupons, or any other incentives to purchase or obtain alcohol and smoking products.
- Offering kits to brew alcohol.

Finance and Cryptocurrency

You are free to talk about and share creations around financial advice and cryptocurrency, but Ritually was not designed to launch an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) or create an investment scheme. Therefore, while you can share creations and advice, you cannot offer the following benefits:
- Coins as part of a benefit or making your subscribers an investor.
- Partial payment such as coupons, gift cards, or any incentive to purchase or obtain cryptocurrency.
- It goes without saying, you can’t organize any benefits like a pyramid scheme, Ponzi scheme, or other fraudulent scheme.
- You cannot offer benefits that promise subscribers a financial benefit based on following advice provided in the benefit such as "if you pay$50a month, my advice will earn you 10 times that."

Sex work and sexual services

We understand that creators sometimes need to push the boundaries of what is acceptable to society, but we don’t allow pornography or sexual services to be funded on Ritually. As a result, you cannot offer the following benefits:
- You cannot use Ritually to provide access to pornographic material such as giving access to a website or shared private access to pornographic creations whether on Ritually or on any other platform. Pornography is defined as real people engaging in sexual acts such as masturbation or sexual intercourse on camera.
- You cannot offer items that are either sexually gratifying or intimate in nature.You cannot use Ritually’s payment system to fund escort activity.
- You cannot offer an erotic webcam session to your subscribers. This means that we have a no nudity policy for creators using CrowdCast.18+ creators featuring real people cannot offer benefits that are limited to a single subscriber, such as a custom video or audio file specifically created for one subscriber, or a page made for one subscriber. That does not mean that you cannot have polls or have your subscribers actively participating in your creative process, but they can only do so for as long as the benefits are delivered to a larger group of subscribers/fans and are within our guidelines.

Here the question really comes down to what your subscribers are paying for on Ritually. We are also happy to provide you with more education on how to maintain a dual presence and dual monetization if you want to have more than just 18+ creations.Health, hygiene and consumablesCreations related to cooking, how to make your own products and discussing health are allowed, but creators cannot offer ingredients or consumables as a benefit.Multi-level marketing and direct sellingRitually is not a platform to launch a direct sales business or facilitate Multi-Level Marketing (MLM). Ritually is not meant to be a means to promote a direct sales business, but a place for creators to launch creative endeavors. Products manufactured and sold by direct marketing companies are not a benefit to be offered on Ritually.

Ritually’s role

To summarize: We proactively look at some pages and posts on Ritually and review reported pages to identify potential violations of our guidelines.We proactively look at some pages and posts on Ritually to make sure creators follow our Benefit Guidelines. We also investigate reports of potential violations. These investigations may take a while to resolve and may include looking at what is supported by funds received through Ritually.In most situations we will work with creators to resolve any potential violations and allow the creator to continue using Ritually. Terminating accounts is not an action we take lightly and is done in only the most extreme cases.Ritually reserves the right to remove a creator or subscriber from participating in annual memberships. Removal of the creator or subscriber from participation in annual memberships will prohibit the creator from accepting new annual payments, and prohibit the patron from making new annual payments, but will not result in an automatic removal of the creator or patron from the platform, unless there is an independent basis for their removal from the platform.Please let us know if you see potential violations of our Benefits Guidelines. As a global company based in the United States with operations in other countries, we must comply with economic sanctions and trade restrictions, including those implemented by the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. This means that Ritually cannot take part in transactions that involve designated people, places, or items that originate from those places, as determined by agencies like OFAC. We are constantly testing out new features with the goal of making Ritually better. We may add or remove features, and often test features with a random subset of our community. If we believe a feature is significantly different from these terms, then we explain those differences in the test.With your permission, we may give other websites or services the ability to verify information about your Ritually account or perform actions on your behalf. This permission is asked for when you connect your Ritually account to these other websites or services. You can learn more in our Privacy Policy.

Raffles

Everyone loves the thrill and the idea of winning a prize which means that raffles can seem like an attractive way to win a bigger audience. However, you cannot request payment for raffles or giveaways as part of a benefit. In other words, subscribers should not have to pay for the chance to win something. This includes lotteries, raffles or even mystery boxes if the value of the box is not guaranteed. If you want to offer any form of giveaways to your followers, make sure to open them to your fan base in general, ensure they are not only accessible to your subscribers, and follow the applicable laws. 

Other things to note

This list is not exhaustive and might change in the future as technologies evolve and life simply happens. We are always happy to help.This policy is part of Ritually’s Terms of Use. For more information, contact Ritually at ineedsomebody@ritual.ly.