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Frequently Asked Question #107. What kind of material is prohibited on LiveJournal?

We take pride in trying to provide users with as much freedom of speech as possible, but still do not permit certain material. Most prohibited material is either banned due to United States or international treaty law, or is banned in an effort to keep the service usable for all members.
The content of this FAQ is not an exhaustive list, but is intended solely to illustrate some common violations of LiveJournal's Terms of Service. You should refer to the Terms of Service (particularly Section XV: Member Conduct) for a definitive guide.

Comments, entries, journals and posts not permitted on LiveJournal include but are not limited to material:

  • that is created solely to harass another user;

  • invading the privacy of another user by posting personal information;

  • intending to interfere with another user's use of the site;

  • inciting violence against an individual, race, ethnicity, or orientation;

  • meeting the United States legal definition of "indecent";

  • containing child pornography (explicit, nude, or erotic pictures taken of anyone under the age of 18, even if the model is over 18 at the time of posting);

  • containing unsolicited advertising of any service, goods, or forum (including LiveJournal communities);

  • infringing the copyright or patent of an individual or corporation;

  • instructing how to break the law;

  • violating applicable state, federal, or international law.


The Abuse Prevention Team will not take action on content you find objectionable, but does not violate the Terms of Service. For instance, a comment containing opinions you personally find distasteful, without being harassing, indecent, or libelous, would not violate the Terms of Service.

Last Updated: October 10th, 2014

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