This policy document applies to all content on the Softonic websites as well as Softonic´s other proprietary pages and covers not permitted content that is sometimes legally or culturally sensitive. According to this policy, the content of any software, application, products or services and any advertisement or the offer, or any landing page to which the advertisement/offer links to and the underlying software, application, product or service may not relate to any of the following content (as determined in Softonic´s discretion).
A) Prohibited content
Sexual and adult content
Any type of content that refers to pornography, nudity or eroticism (sex shops, erotic blogs, webcams, etc.) is not permitted.
Illegal, potentially damaging substances or miracle products
Any content referring to illegal or not-approved substances of any type or products or that refers to products or services that may cause damage, harm, or injury, for instance, to increase body mass, whether they are anabolic steroids or not, is not permitted.
Violence or discrimination
Any content that incites violence or is related to, or encourages, opinions about race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disabilities, gender, age or sexual orientation is strictly forbidden. This includes obscenity of other forms (including defamatory, libelous, threatening or other material that advocates against any individual or group).
Any content that infringes any third party rights such as but not limited to copyright, trademark rights is not allowed. Additionally, advertising of websites that promotes media (software, movies, music) piracy, mod chips, mobile unlocking, etc. is not permitted.
Prostitution and escorts
Any type of content associated with prostitution or escort services is not permitted.
Tobacco and alcohol
Any content referring to tobacco, tobacco brands and / or promotions associated with such brands is not permitted.
Content referring alcoholic beverages and drinks that resemble alcoholic beverages is not permitted. Should Softonic extraordinarily and in case by case basis, allows so, such content must abide by the local laws and industry standards of any location your content targets and be responsible in how you promote alcohol. For example, don’t advocate excessive or competitive drinking, target underage people, promise physical or social benefits of alcohol consumption, or condone drinking and driving.
Firearms and explosive materials
Any content referring to firearms, explosive materials or promotions associated with brands that manufacture or distribute such content is not permitted.
Any content referring to gambling either with real money or through any virtual currency is not permitted. Should Softonic extraordinarily and in case by case basis, allows so, such content must abide by the local laws and industry standards of any location your content targets and be responsible in how you promote gambling.
Softonic reserves the right to refuse or take down content that relates to the management and investment of money, including personalized advice. Should Softonic extraordinarily and in case by case basis, allows so, content must comply with the local regulations for any region that your content targets — for example, include specific disclosures required by local law.
Enabling dishonest behavior
Any content that promotes products or services that are designed to enable dishonest behavior, including without limitation, hacking software or instructions; services designed to artificially inflate ads or website traffic; fake documents; academic cheating services, is not permitted.
Any content allowing the promotion of any of the following is not permitted:
• content that’s likely to shock or disgust
• content that’s exploitative or appears to unfairly capitalize at the expense of others
Examples include but are not limited to: graphic crime scene or accident images, cruelty to animals, murder, self-harm, extortion or blackmail, sale or trade of endangered species, content using profane language.
Any of the following content is not permitted: malicious ads, sites, or apps, content promoting sites or apps that offer little unique value to users and are focused primarily on traffic generation, businesses that attempt to gain an unfair advantage in the ad auction.
B) Additional specifications for ads
Softonic reserves the right to refuse content relating to pharmaceutical products. Content featuring legally available pharmaceutical products in the country in which the content is displayed could be permitted by Softonic on case by case basis, provided in any case that the content directs a user to a URL of the webpage of the manufacturer or brand.
Softonic reserves the right to refuse mobile content. Mobile content maybe permitted by Softonic on a case by case basis if the price of the download is clearly disclosed.
Alarming, aggressive or excessive wording and/or punctuation is NOT permitted.
Softonic reserves the right to immediately and without previous notice reject, take down or remove any content considered in its sole discretion that infringes its policies or that can be considered harmful to its users, its image or its interests. All content is subject to the final approval of Softonic.
C) Policy relating to ad blockers
“Ad blockers” is defined to mean any software (including apps) whose main functionality is ad blocking. Softonic will not permit direct advertising campaigns for the promotion of ad blockers Softonic will not publish articles or videos in respect of ad blockers. This includes Softonic web, mobile and Softonic´s FB fan page and Softonic´s Twitter feed. Softonic will continue to maintain review pages in respect of ad blockers, and will continue to distribute them via the catalogue.
Exceptions will only exist on a case by case basis, and will mainly depend on whether Softonic has a specific contractual deal with the authors of ad blockers.
D) Material Connections Disclosure
Softonic is committed to ensuring that its properties comply with the applicable advertisement laws, specifically in the fields of endorsements and hidden advertisement, so that users have an informed choice. Any content will reflect the basic truth-in-advertising principle that endorsements must be honest and not misleading; If there’s a connection between a client and Softonic that users would not expect and it would affect how consumers evaluate the endorsement, that connection will be disclosed. Reason is obvious: Knowing about the connection is important information for anyone evaluating the endorsement, which serves us to build users’ trust on our editorial content. Accordingly, Softonic will disclose any material connection with the client. The disclosure will appear prominently at the beginning of the relevant article.
E) External Linking:
Softonic reserves the right to mark links pointing to the client’s product or services as “rel=nofollow” in the source code.