As the effective date we set for the revised content guidelines (October 10th) grows near, we know many of you have some questions, not only about the revised guidelines, but what’s going to happen to your stories. We wanted to address some frequently asked questions and clarify what will happen to your stories on October 10th.
On October 10th, if your story has not passed a review, it will not appear in trending sections or on shelves. As more stories are reviewed and pass, they will appear. Your stories will still be available on the app through your profile and in search.
If you’ve already submitted your story for review, and haven’t heard from our review team yet, hold tight! They’re currently working through your stories and will reach out if there are any changes to make.
Here are some other frequently asked questions! (As a reminder, you can find the revised content guidelines here.)
Story Cover FAQs:
Can characters appear in swimsuits on story covers?
Characters can appear wearing swimsuits on story covers provided the guidelines are followed (for example, there can be no implication that characters are having, have had, or are about to have sex).
Can weapons (other than guns) appear on story covers?
Guns cannot appear on story covers at all. However, if they’re not being used in a violent act, swords, knives, and other non-gun weapons may appear on story covers.
Can characters kiss on story covers?
Yes, provided that the overall context of the image is in line with guidelines.
Can characters appear in sexual situations on covers?
There should not be the implication that characters on your story covers have just had, are currently having or are about to have sex.
Do art scenes, overlays, and backgrounds go by the same rules story covers?
No, the story cover rules are for story covers only. Art scenes, overlays, and backgrounds abide by the same rules as story content.
Story Content FAQs:
How should I censor profanity?
Profanity can be censored via replacing letters with symbols (like the *), the omission of letters, or word substitutions. Abbreviations are also okay (ex: AF, wtf).
What profanities can appear uncensored?
These are some of the mild profanities that may appear uncensored:
Can my stories still feature violence and guns?
Your stories can include these themes, what is restricted is the amount of detail you can describe or show.
Can my story have characters under 16, like in a flashback?
Yes! While characters under 16 can’t be the focus of a story cover, they can be in your story.
Can my story still feature characters in consensual sexual relationships?
Yes, but there should not be any on-screen portrayal of or description of sexual acts.
If you have questions about the revised guidelines, content in your story, or your story cards please reach out to our review team at our Support Desk.
The Episode Team