Respect the VideoOut community

VideoOut is a platform designed to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people. We recognize that their stories are deeply personal and sharing them with the world requires a great deal of vulnerability and bravery. With that in mind, we expect each person who comes to VideoOut to act in a respectful manner.  In short, be nice and supportive.  Don't be mean -- that's really important.

Don't cross the line

The following rules and guidelines will help you become the kind of community member VideoOut appreciates. Don't nitpick these rules, rather bolster them with a good attitude and a kind heart. We ask that you respect the spirit of the law, and participate in a manner worthy of this community.

Nudity or sexual content

VideoOut is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your video, even if it's a video of yourself, don't post it on VideoOut. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation.

Violent or graphic content

VideoOut understands terrible things happen. Unfortunately, your story may include some details that are both tough to recount and difficult for the community to hear and see. We encourage you to truthfully share as much as you're comfortable with, but this is not the place to explain the details of violent activities or recount graphic situations. Share your whole true story, but use discretion when adding specific details to the story.  Don't encourage people to be violent or incite activity by giving graphic details.


Hateful content

VideoOut is a platform for LGBTQ people to share their stories. We don't support content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity, or whose primary purpose is inciting hatred on the basis of these core characteristics. Content that exists for any of the aforementioned reasons will be swiftly and permanently removed without notice. If in doubt, you can contact us directly at info@videoout.com.

Spam, misleading metadata, and scams

Everyone hates spam. Don't create misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails in order to increase views. It's not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages.  We want truthful stories about coming out. Anything outside of that will most likely be considered spam on this site.

Harmful or dangerous content

Don't post videos that encourage others to do things that might cause them to get badly hurt, especially kids. Videos showing such harmful or dangerous acts will be removed.

Copyright

Respect copyright. Only upload videos that you made of yourself that showcase you telling your personal coming out story. This means don't upload videos you didn't make, or use content in your videos that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs, or videos made by other users.

Threats

Things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people's personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts or to violate the Terms of Use are taken very seriously. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from VideoOut.

We review your reports carefully

You might not like everything you see on VideoOut. Some of the content might offend you. If you think it's inappropriate, locate the flagging feature on the video and submit it for review by our VideoOut staff.

Our staff reviews flagged videos on a daily basis to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When they do, we remove them. Sometimes a video doesn't violate our guidelines, but might not be appealing to everyone. These videos will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations, and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination. If an account is terminated, that person won't be allowed to create any new accounts.

Join in and have fun

Remember that this is your community. Each and every person on VideoOut makes the site what it is.  We are all special snowflakes, and it takes all of us to make this whole thing tick.

You may think that your story is not important enough. Maybe you think you're not funny or smart or attractive. VideoOut couldn't disagree more. You are important, and you have a place here. This is for you and by you, and we couldn't do this without you. So please, get involved and be proud of who you are! We want you here.

Let folks know what you think. Feedback is part of the experience, and when done with respect, it can be a great way to make friends, share experiences, and make your time on VideoOut richer.

Lastly, have fun with the site! We hope you'll find something new to love as you get to know VideoOut.  But most of all, we hope you'll grow to love yourself and the LGBTQ community more and more.  We're always here for you!

— The VideoOut Team


Note that the following privacy policy is completed for the forthcoming VideoOut website and may contain information about services and functionality not yet realized on the current website. All the items outlined below should be read and understood before using VideoOut knowing that the current site may be limited in functionality and knowing that the full list of services and functionality listed below will be fully realized at a later date.

Welcome to the VideoOut Privacy Policy

When you use VideoOut services, you trust us with your information. This Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what data we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it. This is important; we hope you will take time to read it carefully.

There are many different ways you can use our services – to search for and share information, to communicate with other people or to create new content. As you use our services, we want you to be clear how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.

Our Privacy Policy explains:

  • What information we collect and why we collect it.
  • How we use that information.
  • The choices we offer, including how to access and update information.

We’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible, but if you’re not familiar with terms like cookies, IP addresses, pixel tags and browsers, then read about these key terms first. Your privacy matters to VideoOut so no matter who you are, please do take the time to get to know our practices – and if you have any questions contact us here.

Information we collect

We collect information to provide better services to our users. We collect information in the following ways:

  • Information you give us. We’ll ask for personal information, like your name, email address, or telephone number. We may also ask that you provide a photo so that you can more authentically connect with the VideoOut community.
  • Log information. When you use our services or view content, we may automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This may include:
    • details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.
    • Internet protocol address
    • devi ce event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.
  • Location information. When you use VideoOut, we may collect and process information about your actual location. We use IP address and may use other technologies as they become available to us.
  • Cookies and similar technologies

We may use various technologies to collect and store information when you visit VideoOut, and this may include using cookies or similar technologies to identify your browser or device.

How we use information we collect

We use the information we collect from all of our services to inform the way VideoOut will move forward with its story sharing platform and the way it serves content to the community. We may also use this information to offer you tailored content – like giving you more relevant search results.

When you contact VideoOut, we keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.

We may use information collected technologies like cookies to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services.

We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose other than those that are set out in this Privacy Policy.

Transparency and choice

People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how it is used. 

  • Request that your video story be removed. 
  • Unsubscribe from the VideoOut email database so that you'll no longer receive newsletters, updates, or information about VideoOut and its services.
  • Adjust how the Profile associated with your VideoOut Account appears to others.
  • Control who you share information with through your VideoOut Account.

You may also set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our services, or to indicate when a cookie is being set by us.

Information you share

Many of our services let you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines.

Accessing and updating your personal information

Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.

We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, developing a new system or fundamentally changing an existing practice), risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup systems).

Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.

Information we share

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of VideoOut unless one of the following circumstances applies:

  • With your consent
    • We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of VideoOut when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.
  • For external processing
    • We may provide personal information to our affiliates or other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
  • For legal reasons
    • We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
      • meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
      • enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
      • detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
      • protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of VideoOut, our users or the public as require d or permitte d by law.

We may share non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.

If VideoOut is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will continue to ensure the confidentiality of any personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Information security

We work hard to protect VideoOut and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. In particular:

  • We may encrypt many of our services using SSL.
  • We may offer you two step verification when you access your VideoOut Account
  • We review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorized access to systems.
  • We restrict access to personal information to VideoOut employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to process it for us, and who are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and may be disciplined or terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.

When this Privacy Policy applies

Our Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by VideoOut and its affiliates, but excludes services that have separate privacy policies that do not incorporate this Privacy Policy.

Our Privacy Policy does not apply to services offered by other companies or individuals, including products or sites that may be displayed to you in search results, sites that may include VideoOut services, or other sites linked from our services. Our Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of other companies and organizations who advertise our services, and who may use cookies, pixel tags and other technologies to serve and offer relevant ads.

Compliance and cooperation with regulatory authorities

We regularly review our compliance with our Privacy Policy. We also adhere to several self regulatory frameworks. When we receive formal written complaints, we will contact the person who made the complaint to follow up. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that we cannot resolve with our users directly.

Changes

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including email notification of privacy policy changes). We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.


We keep your personal information private and safe — and we want to put you in control.