Bumble Community Guidelines
Bumble is a space to make kind connections in a safe, inclusive, and respectful way. In order to foster healthy and equitable relationships, we hold our members accountable for the way they treat each other.
Our Community Guidelines help keep our members safe. They make it clear what content and conduct is not acceptable (on our platform and off).
- Age. You need to be at least 18 years old to join Bumble. Creating a profile that intentionally misrepresents you as being under the age of 18 is not allowed. We reserve the right to ask for your ID to verify your age, and we’ll block you from the platform if you’re underage.
- Profile Photos. We want your profile to celebrate your authentic self! That’s why we require at least one of your profile photos to depict only you and to clearly show your full face. We do not permit:
- Profile photos that are heavily distorted or contain exaggerated or unnatural digital effects to the point where it cannot be clearly determined that you’re the person in the photos
- Any overlaid symbols, icons, frames, or stickers that aren’t from Bumble on your profile photos
- Memes or photos with only — or primarily — text as a profile photo
- Profile photos of children on their own
- Profile photos with unclothed children
- Username. Members are allowed to use initials, abbreviations, contracted or shortened versions of their name, nicknames, full names, and middle names. Members do not have to use their legal name or full name, but usernames should be an authentic representation of the name you use in everyday life. We do not permit:
- Any words or phrases that violate our Community Guidelines
- Using the name of a celebrity or fictional character
- Words or characters (other than a valid name) including descriptive words, symbols (e.g. $, *, @,), emojis, numbers, or punctuation
Content and Conduct Guidelines
Adult Nudity and Sexual Activity
We don’t permit nude, sexually explicit, or sexually vulgar profile content. We also don’t allow the commercial exchange of any romantic or sexual activity, content, or services, including attempts to sell, advertise, or buy adult sexual content. Learn more.
Bullying and Abusive Conduct
Our community is for creating kind connections. We don’t allow content or behavior that makes any individual or group feel harassed, bullied, or targeted. This includes belittling, insulting, or intimidating behavior; making unsolicited comments about someone’s appearance; engaging in emotional abuse; blackmail; repeated unwanted contact; or wishing, encouraging, or praising acts of violence. Learn more.
Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
We have a zero tolerance policy towards any form of child sexual exploitation and abuse. We don’t allow content that sexualizes or endangers children, real or fictional (e.g. anime, media, text, illustrations, or digital images). This includes any visual depictions or discussions of sexually explicit conduct involving a child. For the purposes of this policy, a child is anyone under the age of 18. It’s prohibited to upload, store, produce, share, or entice anyone to share child sexual abuse material, even if the intent is to express outrage or raise awareness about this issue. Learn more.
Commercial and Promotional Activity
Our platform is not a marketplace. We don’t allow using Bumble for unsolicited commercial or promotional purposes. Learn more.
Controlled Goods and Substances
We don’t allow members to use our platforms to buy, sell, supply, distribute, or directly facilitate the purchase, sale, supply, or distribution of illegal drugs and/or the misuse of controlled goods and substances. This includes: e-cigarettes, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, or the misuse of legal substances like prescription drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. Learn more.
Dangerous Organizations and Individuals
We don’t permit organizations or individuals that proclaim, glorify, condone, or are known to support a violent, dangerous, or terrorist-based mission to have a presence on Bumble. Learn more.
We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive community on Bumble. We prohibit content or behavior that promotes or condones hate, dehumanization, degradation, or contempt against marginalized or minoritized communities based on the following protected attributes: race/ethnicity, national origin/nationality/immigration status, caste, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or serious health condition, or religion/belief. Learn more
Bumble celebrates authenticity, and we expect all our members to represent themselves accurately on their profile. We don’t allow impersonation or misrepresentation on our platform. This includes catfishing (i.e. creating an online persona that isn’t you) or falsely stating facts about yourself (including name, gender, age, and permanent location). Learn more.
We prohibit the sharing of demonstrably false or substantially misleading content that’s likely to cause serious harm or negatively impact individual or public safety. This includes content that directly contradicts information and guidance from leading and reputable global health organizations and public health authorities, false or misleading information on any civic process, and dangerous and unproven conspiracy-type theories. Learn more.
Physical and Sexual Violence
We don’t tolerate any content, imagery, or behavior that commits or threatens credible acts of physical or sexual violence. This includes physical stalking, using our platform to assist, facilitate or support exploitation or human trafficking, and sexual assault of any kind, which we define as unwanted physical contact or attempted physical contact that is sexual in nature. Learn more.
Scams and Theft
Bumble prohibits any scam or theft activity intended to defraud or manipulate members out of financial or material resources. This includes requesting or seeking financial support, lying about your intentions for financial gain, or faking romantic intentions to deceive members out of financial or material resources. Learn more.
We do not tolerate sexual harassment. We consider sexual harassment to be any non-physical, unwanted, and unwelcome sexual behaviors between members. This includes cyberflashing (i.e. sharing unsolicited sexually explicit images), in-person indecent exposure, sharing or threatening to share sexual or intimate images without the consent of the person involved or depicted, sending unwanted sexual comments or images, and fetishization. Learn more.
We do not permit any kind of unwanted or irrelevant content sent in bulk or high frequency. This includes sharing misleading or misdirecting links, creating an excessive number of accounts causing disruption to other members, or having multiple active profiles on our platform to engage in unwanted interactions. Learn more.
Suicide and Self-Injury Promotional
We care deeply about our members and understand that some may struggle with mental health, self-injury, suicidal thoughts, substance use, or eating disorders. While we do allow members to share personal experiences with these issues in a safe way, we don’t allow any content that depicts, promotes, glorifies, or assists in activities that could lead to suicide, self-injury, or disordered eating or body image. Learn more.
Violent and Graphic Content
We don’t permit violent, graphic, or gory content. This includes descriptions of violence in usernames or profile content, photos containing real or realistic-appearing blood, bodily fluids, or injury, or images depicting guns of any kind (except on a uniformed member of law enforcement or military personnel). Learn more.
We prioritize fostering a community built on genuine connections, so any attempts to artificially influence connections, matching, conversations, or engagement through the use of automation or scripting is strictly prohibited.
Safety is a top priority at Bumble. We use a combination of human moderators and automated systems to monitor and review Bumble accounts and interactions for content that may be against our Community Guidelines, against our Terms and Conditions, or otherwise harmful.
Our members play a critical role in the safety of Bumble by reporting content or behavior that may violate our Community Guidelines. If anything happens that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, we highly encourage you to Unmatchwith – or Block & Report – the member. See this article for more info on what happens when you report something to Bumble.
However, please consider that disagreeing with or disliking a member or their content is not necessarily a reason to report them. We may take action against a member if we’e found them to be intentionally creating false or inappropriate reports against other members solely based on their protected attributes. This includes reporting transgender or nonbinary members for no reason other than their gender identity or expression or repeatedly sending false reports of bad behavior.
All members must comply with the platform rules described and referenced in our Community Guidelines. If you behave in a way that goes against Bumble’s Community Guidelines, values, or otherwise act in any way we believe to be potentially harmful to Bumble or its members, we may take a range of actions on your account. When determining the penalty for violating our community guidelines, we consider a number of factors.
For example, we may:
- Remove the content
- Issue a warning
- Ban the offending member from some or all Bumble Inc. apps
When necessary, we also may cooperate with law enforcement to assist in potential criminal investigations related to member conduct.
Your treatment towards others outside of the Bumble app can also result in action against your account. If we’re made aware of harm between members on dates, meetups with friends, via text message or direct messaging platforms, or relevant alleged criminal or harmful conduct committed in your past or outside of Bumble, we may take action as if it happened on our platform.
If you believe we’ve made a mistake in taking action on your account or content, you can always contact us here.
If you have any questions or feedback about Bumble’s Community Guidelines, please reach out. Our support team is always available to help you here.