We want Hornet to be a fun place where you have freedom to express yourself. That way, you can make the most meaningful of meaningful connections. As with all good things though, there are some limits. For one thing, if we want to be available on the online app stores, we need to abide by the rules set by those companies. It’s their house, and we are polite houseguests, so we will honor their wishes. In addition to that, we place some further limits on what photos or profile text will appear on the app.
The moderation of photos has always been a sensitive topic. We have therefore decided to give more information when we reject a photo. We would love to give everyone a personal message saying exactly why their photo was rejected, but it’s just not possible to do that yet. Therefore, if you get a photo rejected, you will be told if the violation was a serious violation or a mild violation. This is important, because, accumulating photo rejections can lead to your account being suspended. We allow an accumulation of 5 serious photo violation rejections, with the 6th rejection resulting in a suspension. We allow an accumulation of 10 mild photo violation rejections, with the 11th rejection resulting in a suspension. You will be sent warning messages leading up to the suspension.
Serious Photo Violation
- Nudity. Genitals or full ass is visible.
- Feces, urine, semen, blood, or, anything made to look like this.
- Sexually explicit or graphic photos, including drawings or cartoons depicting sex. An example of this is a photo showing oral sex is being performed. No nudity or genitals are visible, but, it’s clearly a sexually explicit photo.
- Bloodsports or animal cruelty.
- Bestiality or necrophilia.
- Firearms or weapons.
- Children (Anyone under the age of 18). If the photo is only of a child or children, it is deemed to be a serious photo violation. If the child is in the photo with you (you are holding your son/daughter etc) it is deemed to be a mild violation.
Minor Photo Violation
- Photos with you and a child (a child is a person under the age of 18).
- A partial nude ass shot (full nude ass shot is a serious violation).
- Photos that aren’t you (celebs, your ex, that guy you hate, your mother-in-law etc).
- Genitals covered up by a towel, hat, tea cup, thimble, bed sheet, emoji, your hand, etc.
- Grabbing/holding or touching genitals or genital area. That includes through your shorts.
- Erection or outline of genitals through clothing. This is a subjective one. We allow a ‘genital bulge’. But, if the outline shows the shape of the penis and testicles, then it will be rejected. This can be affected by how tight the clothing is and/or how big a boy you are.
- Sex toys or props.
- Pubic hair or the area of the groin where pubic hair normally grows.
- Photos with underpants visible.
- Photos of any obscene gestures and/or lewd behavior. (Flippin’ the bird, the finger etc)
- Illegal drug use or drug paraphernalia (if it looks dodgy, it’s a no-no, such as a ‘roll-up’ cigarette). Also includes drug use in a State or Country where it may be legal.
- Depictions of underage drinking (as we aren’t Interpol and don’t know the legal age for drinking in each country, anyone who looks young will have the photo rejected).
- Drawings, painting, cartoons, artwork or overly stylized photographs
- Image used to advertise services, goods, events, websites or apps (your profile may be suspended for being commercial).
- Copyrighted or photographer marked images or illustrations
- No profanity or curse words on a photo. Includes holding up paper with curse words written on it.
- Photo of just the crotch: front, side, back, pixelated, clothed, whatever. This would include a photo taken from the waist down. Just because your legs are in it does not mean it isn’t a crotch shot. If the main focus is of the crotch, it’s not allowed. As a general guide, if your head is not in the photo, then it is more likely to be considered a crotch shot.
- Extreme close-up photos, photos where it is unclear what the photo is of. This includes single color photos.
- Photos with only, or mainly, text. As a general rule, one word or one line of text superimposed on a photo is acceptable (unless the font is large and dominates the photo). 2 or 3 lines of text will likely result in a photo being rejected.
- Photos which are gross, disgusting, nasty, yucky, terrible, abhorrent, repugnant. For example, a person vomiting, or a photo of vomit.
Now that we have the list out of the way, lets cover a few of those borderline areas.
- We do allow a photo with a person wearing swimwear, on the condition that the photo is taken in the appropriate location. The appropriate location is pool, beach, seaside, lake, river, sunbathing (either outdoors or under a tanning bed), spa, sauna, steam room. If the photo is taken indoors (in a bathroom for example) it will be classed the same as underpants and rejected.
- A swimwear photo will be rejected if the outline of the genitals is obvious; pubic hair is visible, ass crack is visible or the photo would be classed as a crotch shot.
Now on to the profile itself. Things that are NOT allowed on the profile name, headline, description etc: including but not limited to:
- Text referring to genital size/description or sexual acts.
- Sexually explicit or overly suggestive text.
- Disparaging or offensive remarks about Hornet or another person.
- Racist, sexist, homophobic, serophobic, transphobic, ableist text on your profile.
- Advertising of services, goods, events, websites or apps. This includes the basic mention of massages and escorting
- Mention of illegal drugs or text referring to “party” / “pnp”.
- Profanity or curse words, including abbreviations, masking and fill-ins.
- Text that states a discriminatory preference based on age, gender expression, gender, race, nationality, skin color, ethnicity, disability, HIV status, body shape or size.
To find out how we expect you to act towards others, please go to our Etiquette Guide.