LinkingHuts (Hereafter referred to as either “LinkingHuts” or “LH”) is a private social network to help build stronger, safer & happier neighbourhoods around the world.
We strongly believe that Advertisements or Promotions or Content by a Business Page (hereafter referred to as Ad-Promo-Content or APC) delivered through LH should be relevant and useful to our members without deceiving them or endangering their safety. These APCs must not violate our Community Guidelines & our technical requirements.
LH determines the professionalism and appropriateness of any APC, and reserves the right to refuse, remove or take any other appropriate action against any APC it believes is unsuitable.
These APC Guidelines will help you determine whether your APC is appropriate for LH or not. Notwithstanding these Guidelines, legal compliance is the sole responsibility of the Business member (including its representatives and agents) or any other member having an APC on LH. If you are unsure whether your APC is acceptable, you may contact us.
The guidelines below explain briefly LH's policies for advertising & promotion on the site. Any APC that violates any of the guidelines may be removed from LH and in some cases further action may be taken such as that the concerned Business may be restricted from further advertising or promoting on LH or may even be deactivated from the platform.
Following are the salient points of the APC Guidelines:
Your APCs should not be fraudulent, deceptive or include misleading content including titles, statements, illustrations, claims, offers or business practices. Your product or service or offer must accurately match the text of your APC - don't lie, don't exaggerate and don't make false claims. The photos and images in your APC should have a reasonable relationship to the product or service or offer being showcased. The claims you make in your APC should have factual support. Do not make deceptive or inaccurate claims about competitive products or services. Do not imply you or your product are affiliated with or endorsed by others without their permission. Do not showcase prices or offers that are inaccurate. All fees and taxes that are legally required to be disclosed should be included. APCs must not use tactics that are intended to circumvent our APC review process or other enforcement systems. This includes techniques that attempt to disguise the APCs.
APCs must be relevant and appropriate to the product or service being offered and the audience viewing the APC. They must clearly represent the company, product, service or brand that is being showcased.
Please use correct spelling and grammar in the text of your APC. Do not use non-standard spelling, grammar, capitalisation, punctuation, or repetition in your APC. Do not use excessive capitalisation in your APC. With the exception of valid acronyms, words should never be fully capitalised in your APC. Do not use excessive or inappropriate punctuation in your APC. Do not repeat punctuation and do not use more than a single exclamation point in your APC. Do not use any symbols (i.e. *, @) in a manner that differs from its standard meaning. Do not use a symbol in replacement of a letter (e.g. 'cl!ck', ‘b@t’). Do not repeat words or phrases in your APC.
Please use only trademarks that you have a legal right to use in your APC. Your APC must not include any text that may be deemed as infringing upon or violating the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other personal or proprietary rights unless express permission has been granted by the trademark owner. Any APC found to be infringing on the trademark of a complainant will be removed from LinkingHuts. You should not use trademarks, logos, service marks or company names in a way that would be confusing to the user, or imply an affiliation or endorsement when there is none. Trademark owners can send concerns about the use of their trademarks to us. Please do not use "LH" or “LinkingHuts” or refer to any of these (the organisation, brand, or site) in your APC. Do not imply affiliation with or an endorsement by LH.
The products and services advertised in your APC should have fair and legal billing practices. Pricing, fees and payment terms should be clear and easily searchable and understandable by your customers prior to their purchase or completion of the transaction, including explaining the rights to refunds, termination and any applicable interest.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LH does not allow APCs that advocate, promote or contain content that discriminates against, harasses, provokes or disparages people or encourages predatory advertising practices based on age, gender, religion, ethnicity, race or sexual preference. APCs that promote the denial or restriction of fair and equal access to education, housing, or credit or career opportunities are prohibited.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LH does not allow APCs that include hate speech or show or promote violence or discrimination against others or damage to their property or are personal attacks on any individual, group, company or organisation or otherwise advocating against or targeting any individual, group, company or organisation. LH also does not allow harassing, threatening, shocking, sensational, disrespectful or excessively violent APCs.
Please use appropriate and acceptable language in your APC. Do not use language that could be considered offensive by any reasonable viewer of your APC. LH is the sole judge of the appropriateness of any words or phrases in your APCs on LH.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LH does not allow APCs that are indecent, vulgar, suggestive or that, in the opinion of LH, may be offensive to good taste. In special circumstances, LH may determine that an APC that was acceptable earlier is no longer appropriate given current events. APCs that depict violent or degrading behaviour are not acceptable. Provocative speech is prohibited in APCs on LinkingHuts and that includes provocative speech related to political or religious topics. APCs must not contain profanity or bad grammar and punctuation. Symbols, numbers and letters must be used properly.
All political advertising must clearly identify the person or entity that paid for the message. APCs not financed by a candidate or campaign must indicate whether the content is authorised by a candidate and, if not, include contact information for the person or entity that paid for the message. Political APCs must comply with applicable laws, including with respect to identifying the paid sponsor or observing blackout or quiet periods prior to election..
LinkingHuts does not allow APC targeting based on sensitive categories that asserts or implies personal attributes such as financial status, alleged/actual commission of a crime, political affiliation/beliefs, racial or ethnic origin, religious or philosophical affiliation/beliefs, sexual behaviour or orientation, trade union membership, age, gender identity, disability, medical condition (including physical or mental health).
APCs must not constitute, facilitate or promote illegal products, services or activities. Products and services that are subject of the APC, should be legal to purchase and legal to use in the jurisdiction in which they are being marketed. APCs themselves should comply with applicable laws regarding advertising, including age and content restrictions. APCs targeted to minors must not promote products, services or content that are inappropriate, illegal or unsafe, or that exploit, mislead or exert undue pressure on the age groups targeted. Countries and states may have different laws that set different advertising requirements on the same or similar products. APCs must not promote the sale or use of unsafe supplements, as determined by LH at its sole discretion. APCs that promote acceptable dietary and herbal supplements may only target people who are at least 18 years of age. APCs must also not promote the sale of spy cams, mobile phone trackers or other hidden surveillance equipment. Examples of products and services that might be illegal: Resale of event tickets, products designed to interfere with the enforcement of traffic laws (radar detectors), counterfeit goods, replica goods, live animals, animal products, surveillance products, encryption products/services, de-encryption devices and services, and unsafe health supplements.
LH does not allow APCs for fake documents that could be used to trick or defraud or services that assist with obtaining documents in violation of applicable rules. Examples of prohibited fake documents are:
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LH does not allow APCs for products or memorabilia promoting offensive, violent or hateful groups or criminal acts such as bombings, shootings or rapes.
All APCs related to alcohol must comply with applicable laws of the land where the APC is being shown. The following are prohibited:
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LH does not allow APCs related to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, tobacco and related products. Lawful products and services which promote quitting tobacco related products are permitted.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LinkingHuts does not allow APCs related to prescription pharmaceuticals, recreational drugs or any related products or services. All those APCs that promote illegal drugs, highs, psychoactive effects of substances, or aids to pass drug tests are all prohibited. APCs for online pharmacies are only permitted with prior permission from LH.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LinkingHuts does not allow APCs related to weapons, firearms, ammunition, fireworks, stun guns, air rifles, pyrotechnical devices or other violent products or services.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LH does not allow APCs related to sexual or adult content, including escort services, massage and pornography. This includes nudity, depictions of people in explicit or suggestive positions or activities that are overly suggestive or sexually provocative.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LinkingHuts does not allow APCs related to adult products or services (e.g. sex toys, personal sexual services, escort services, prostitution, sexual services, strip clubs, erotic dancing, erotic massage, or international bride services) unless they promote family planning and contraception. APCs for contraceptives must focus on the contraceptive features of the product and not on sexual pleasure or sexual enhancement, and must be targeted to people aged 18 years or older.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LinkingHuts restricts APCs for dating services. APCs for online dating services are only allowed with prior permission from LH. LinkingHuts does not allow targeting dating services to persons who are under 18. The dating services must be legal in the applicable jurisdiction, and must not engage in "escort type" services where any person is compensated to participate in the date. LinkingHuts reserves discretion to determine the appropriateness of the service.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LinkingHuts does not allow APCs for downloadable ring tones and may restrict or limit advertising for violent or adult content video games.
LinkingHuts does not allow APCs for the services that are used for the purpose of (or that are primarily used for) distribution of software, media and other content in violation of the intellectual property rights of others.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LinkingHuts does not allow APCs related to gambling, real money games of skill or real money lotteries or online real money casinos and sweepstakes or the sale of virtual currency (e.g., gaming). APCs related to the following are prohibited: sports betting, bingo or poker, gambling tours and tutoring, tools and software for gambling, scratch games. Authorised gambling, games of skill or lottery advertisement must target people over the age of 18 who are in jurisdictions for which permission has been granted.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LinkingHuts does not allow APCs that promote black magic, paranormal activities, dream interpretations and witchcraft.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LinkingHuts does not allow APCs for furs or products made from the furs, hides or body parts of animals included on any government endangered species lists.
Even if legal in the applicable jurisdiction, LinkingHuts does not allow APCs that promote or endorse actions that are likely to harm one's health, such as bulimia, anorexia, binge drinking, misuse of legal drugs. In many jurisdictions, LinkingHuts may limit or restrict advertising related to health matters because it might be inappropriately age targeted or deemed offensive. APCs must not contain "before-and-after" images that contain unexpected or unlikely results, far from reality. APCs must not imply or attempt to generate a negative self-perception in order to promote dietary, weight loss or other health-related products. APCs for health, fitness or weight loss products must be targeted to people aged 18 years or older.
LinkingHuts does not allow Affiliate advertisements. Related programs are not allowed to advertise using LinkingHuts advertisements..
LinkingHuts allows APCs that solicit funds only if they comply with applicable law and would qualify as tax deductible or charitable in the applicable jurisdiction or contribute directly & transparently to official political candidates or organizations.
LinkingHuts does not permit APCs related to scams like illegal financial schemes, pyramid schemes or other fraudulent or illegal financial arrangements or investment opportunities. APCs promoting income opportunities must fully describe the associated product or business model, and must not promote business models offering quick compensation for little investment, including multi-level marketing opportunities.
Do not use an APC to promote, install or distribute viruses, worms, spyware, malware or other malicious software, whether through the APC creative or landing page that results in an unexpected or deceptive experience. This includes links to sites containing these products. Software should only be installed with the permission of the user and should be readily removable by the user. Software features should be made apparent to the user, with no undisclosed features or functions that could harm the user or data, software or devices of the user. Do not use any browser flaws/exploits to install software or bypass standard browser security restrictions.
Do not use an APC to promote a website that tricks a user into providing personal or other information that can be used to exploit or cause harm to the users.
All APCs must support https throughout the session flow. If you collect sensitive information on your site linked to the APC, we ask that you use HTTPs.
Advertisers remain responsible for ensuring that they are compliant with local laws and regulations on the subject of privacy and data protection. Do not use tracking cookies to track users across sites without full disclosure and consent of the users (e.g. do not use an "ever cookie" or "zombie cookie").
APCs that promote products or services for hacking are prohibited. APCs must not promote products or items that facilitate or encourage unauthorised access to digital media. The following APCs are prohibited: instructions on how to illegally alter with electronic equipment, or bypass digital content management systems or otherwise illegally tamper with software, servers, cell phones, or websites, or listen in or record conversations or information without proper consent.
Advertisers or Business Pages must not create lead APC questions to request the following types of information:
Use of our brand assets
If LH believes that you or your APC is in violation of these guidelines, we may disapprove the APC for display on LH or we may deny you the right to display any APC on LH until LH believes that you & your APCs are in compliance with these guidelines. In some rare cases, we may decide to ban APCs generated or posted by you. If you have questions regarding this, you may contact us. Each APC is reviewed against these policies. If you think that your APC was either not approved or removed from the platform by mistake, please let us know.
All APCs on LH are reviewed to make sure that they meet our APC Guidelines. During the APC review process, we'll check your APC's images, text, targeting and positioning, in addition to the content on your APCs landing page. Your APC may be removed from the platform if the landing page content isn't fully functional, doesn't match the product/service promoted in your APC or doesn't fully comply with our APC Guidelines. If your APC hasn't been approved or has been removed due to not fully complying with our policies, you can edit it and resubmit it for review. If you can't edit your APC or feel that it not being approved was a mistake, you can appeal the decision by writing to us.