Medium Rules


  • Using Medium features like responses, private notes, mentions, follows, story requests, or writer requests in a way intended to annoy or harass someone
  • Reviewing businesses or products in a gratuitously harmful or abusive manner
  • Doxing, which includes not only private or obscure personal information but also the aggregation of publicly available information to target, shame, blackmail, harass, intimidate, threaten, or endanger
  • Posting intimate or explicit images taken or posted without the subject’s express consent
  • Content that violates others’ privacy, including sensitive or confidential information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, non-public phone numbers, physical addresses, email addresses, or other non-public information
  • Facilitation of gambling or betting
  • Facilitation of buying or selling social media interactions, including off-platform
  • Facilitation of illegal sexual services
  • Facilitation of copyright violation
  • Scraping and reposting content from other sources for the primary purpose of generating revenue or other personal gains
  • Posting duplicate content, whether from a single account or across multiple accounts
  • Stories where the content is clipped with the sole purpose of linking to the rest of the article on a different website
  • Performing a disproportionately large number of interactions, particularly by automated means. This includes bulk, indiscriminate interactions, such as following of other accounts (follow spam) clapping, highlighting, or leaving notes
  • Repeatedly using responses or other interactions as a method of promotion
  • Participating in bounty campaigns or brigades to artificially inflate rankings for posts, accounts, businesses, or products
  • Use or re-use content templates with slight modifications across multiple posts and accounts
  • Using services, apps, or arrangements that offer you more follows, claps, or other interactions on your Medium account or content
  • Registering accounts, posting content, or interacting with users or content automatically, systematically, or programmatically
  • Using Medium for phishing or fraud. Don’t use tags, links, titles, or other metadata in a misleading way. Don’t link to or embed malicious or harmful code or software in your posts
  • Don’t use deception to generate revenue or traffic
  • If you have received compensation, free goods/services or anything of value in connection with the topic of a post, you must make this clear
  • Images functioning as third-party ads are not allowed. Inline images or embeds that link out and function as banner ads for third-party brands are not allowed.
  • You must disclose affiliate links or payment for a post. Affiliate links, such as link out to Amazon with your code, or any other link out where you will receive a commission or other value, are allowed in posts. But, you must disclose somewhere in the post that it includes affiliate links. If you have received payment, goods or services, or something else of value in exchange for writing a post, you must still disclose this fact in writing within your post (as per FTC Rules and Guides).
  • Multi-level marketing content is not allowed.
  • Use an email address from that domain as your verified Medium account email, and maintain that email account actively.
  • Link at least one consistently-branded social media account (Facebook or Twitter) to your Medium account. That social account should also link out prominently to the same domain as is included in your Medium user bio.
  • Include a prominent about page with up-to-date contact information on your project website.
  • Advertise or participate in bounty campaigns, pump and dumps, reviewing for reward, or other forms of brigading or inauthentic activity.
  • Include shortened URLs in your posts.


  • Member stories should not exist with the predominant purpose of driving traffic to an external website, business, or product. All included content must be relevant, substantial and informative.
  • If you have received compensation, free goods/services, or anything of value in connection with the topic of a post, you must make this clear.
  • Do not ask for claps or include other calls to action, including gifs of clapping, requests for donations, or other links or embeds for the purpose of capturing user information or soliciting money.
  • Do not use content or images licensed as non-commercial in your Partner Program posts.

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