Snap Advertising Policies

General information

We want Snapchatters to have fun and to be safe, and these goals drive our Advertising Policies. Advertisers must be honest about the products, services and content their advertisements promote; they must avoid content that misleads, deceives or offends; and they must never compromise our users' privacy. These Advertising Policies apply to all advertisements served by Snap. The paid promotion of products or services on the Snap platform other than through advertisements served by Snap must also comply with these Advertising Policies.

Advertisers must comply with Snap’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines and all other Snap policies governing the use of our Services. We may update our terms, policies and guidelines from time to time, so please check in and review them regularly.

Advertisers are responsible for ensuring that their advertisements are suitable for Snapchatters ages 13+ (or their selected audience) in each geographic area where the advertisements will run. They're also responsible for ensuring that their advertisements comply with all applicable laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, public order rules, industry codes and regulations in each geographic area where the advertisements will run. Advertisements for certain products or services may not be targeted on the basis of gender, age or location.

All advertisements must meet high quality and editorial standards. Please visit the Specs and Creative Guidelines section of our Business Help Centre for the technical and creative specifications for each of our advertising products.

Our users may share advertisements with others or save advertisements to their devices. They may use any of the tools and features we make available in Snapchat to apply captions, drawings, filters or other creative elements to the advertisement or, if you run ads in the Audience Network, they may use any tools and features made available where the advertisement is run. Age-targeted advertisements can be shared within Snapchat with Snapchatters of any age. To find out if you can restrict advertising sharing and advertising saving for your advertisements within Snapchat, please contact your account representative or visit our Business Help Centre.

We may publish information related to advertisements (including the creative, targeting, paying entity, contact information and the price paid for those advertisements) or share that information with third parties, including: (a) our media partners when your advertisements run in content related to that media partner; and (b) third parties whose products or services you’ve elected to use in connection with the advertisements.

As we say in our Terms of Service, if you use a service, feature or functionality that is operated by a third party and made available through our Services (including Services we jointly offer with the third party), each party’s terms will govern the respective party’s relationship with you. Snap and its affiliates are not responsible or liable for a third party’s terms or actions.

All advertisements are subject to our review and approval. We reserve the right to reject or remove any advertisement in our sole discretion for any reason, including in response to user feedback. We also reserve the right to request modifications to any advertisement, to require factual substantiation for any claim made in an advertisement or to require documents evidencing that you hold any licence or authorisation which may be required in connection with your advertisement.

Snap may suspend or terminate accounts tied to businesses or individuals who violate our Advertising Policies.

General requirements

Disclosures

All required disclosures, disclaimers and warnings in advertisements must be clear and conspicuous.

Advertiser(s) must be accurately and clearly identified in the advertisement.

Data collection & usage

Advertisements may not collect information about racial or ethnic origin, political opinion, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union membership, health, sex life or medical history.

The advertiser’s privacy policy must be readily available where any personal information is collected.

Personal information must be collected and processed securely. Advertisements that deceive users into providing personal information under false pretences are prohibited.

Advertisements must not state or imply knowledge of personal data, sensitive information, online activity or the precise whereabouts of a user.

Infringing content

Advertisements must not infringe the intellectual property, privacy, publicity or other legal rights of any person or entity. Advertisers must have all necessary rights and permissions for all elements of their advertisements. Advertisements may not feature the name, likeness (including lookalikes), voice (including soundalikes) or other identifying features of an individual without the individual's consent.

The following is prohibited:

  • Advertisements for products or services principally used to infringe the intellectual property rights of others, such as those designed to bypass copyright protection mechanisms (for example, software or cable signal de-scramblers).

  • Advertisements for products or services principally dedicated to selling counterfeit products, such as imitations of designer or officially-licensed products.

  • Advertisements for products or services with false celebrity testimonials or usage.

If you believe your copyright, trademark or publicity rights have been infringed by an advertisement served on Snapchat, we encourage you to attempt to contact and resolve your concerns with the advertiser directly. Alternatively, rights holders and their agents can report alleged intellectual property infringement to Snap here. We take all such reports seriously.

References to Snap

Advertisements must not suggest an affiliation with or endorsement by Snap or its products. This means that advertisements must not use any Snap-owned trademark, Bitmoji artwork or representations of the Snapchat user interface, except as permitted in the Snapchat Brand Guidelines or the Bitmoji Brand Guidelines. Nor may advertisements contain altered or confusingly similar variations of any Snap-owned trademark.

Promotions

Promotions on Snapchat are subject to Snap’s Promotion Rules.

Prohibited content

Inappropriate content

  • Advertisements that encourage dishonest behaviour. (e.g. advertisements for fake IDs, plagiarism, essay writing services).

  • Advertisements that address or are intended to appeal specifically to children under the age of 13.

  • Advertisements that may be considered culturally inappropriate in the targeted location.

  • Advertisements containing profanity or obscene gestures.

  • Advertisements that depict nudity (with the exception of breastfeeding in certain circumstances), sexual content, objectification of genders or sexually suggestive imagery.

  • Advertisements for adult products and services, including strip clubs, escort services and shops that specialise in adult products.

  • Advertisements that promote cigarettes (including e-cigarettes), cigars, vaping products, tobacco, nicotine or related products of any kind.

  • Advertisements targeted at countries subject to US trade sanctions and other US export control laws.

  • Advertisements that encourage illegal activity, conduct, products or enterprises.

  • Advertisements that depict drug use or excessive or irresponsible drinking.

  • Advertisements that promote illegal wildlife trade and products and services derived from endangered or threatened species.

  • Advertisements intended to shock the user.

  • Advertisements that encourage violence or depict hyper-realistic violence.

  • Advertisements that encourage Snapping and driving or other dangerous behaviours.

  • Advertisements that promote sales of firearms, weapons, ammunition or related accessories.

  • Advertisements that solicit the user’s participation in lawsuits.

Deceptive content

  • Advertisements that are false or misleading, including deceptive claims, offers, functionality or business practices.

  • Advertisements that contain deceiving calls to action or lead to landing pages unrelated to the brand or content being advertised.

  • Cloaking, otherwise restricting landing page access or modifications to URL content following submission in an attempt to circumvent review.

Low quality or disruptive experiences

  • Advertisements that lead to non-functional landing pages or landing pages with unexpected or disruptive user experiences, including landing pages that attempt to automatically download files.

  • Advertisements that lead to landing pages that include a majority of unrelated or low-quality advertising content, or where content is extended solely to include unrelated or low-quality advertising content.

Hateful or discriminatory content

  • Advertisements that demean, degrade, discriminate or show hate toward a particular race, ethnicity, culture, country, belief, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability or condition or toward any member of a protected class.

  • Advertisements that promote harassment or bullying.

Industry-specific requirements

Mainstream dating services

Advertisements for dating services must be age targeted to 18+ and must not be provocative, overtly sexual in nature or reference transactional companionship. All individuals pictured in advertisements for dating services must not be, or appear to be, too young to use the service.

Snap does not permit advertisements that promote or glamorise infidelity.

Snap does not permit targeting advertisements for online dating services at the following countries:

  • Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza and the West Bank, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

Alcohol

Advertisements that promote or reference alcohol must not:

  • Target or be likely to appeal particularly to people under the legal drinking age in the territory where the advertisement will run.

  • Encourage or depict excessive or irresponsible consumption of alcohol.

  • Exploit an individual who is drunk or otherwise intoxicated.

  • Glamorise alcohol or otherwise misrepresent the effects of consuming alcohol.

  • Associate alcohol with operating a vehicle or other activities that require a certain degree of skill or physical coordination or with any illegal behaviour.

Mandatory warning labels, such as “please drink responsibly” or its local variation (if applicable) must be prominently displayed in the advertisement.

Snap does not permit targeting advertisements that promote or reference alcohol to the following countries:

  • Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Advertisements for alcohol products must be age targeted to at least 18+ or the applicable minimum drinking age in the country to which you are advertising:

  • Canada: 19+

  • Japan, Thailand: 20+

  • United States: 21+

  • Sweden: 25+

  • India: either 18+, 21+ or 25+, depending on the States or Union Territories being targeted.

Gambling services

Our ad policies regarding the promotion of Gambling Services apply to the promotion of online casinos, brick and mortar casinos, lotteries, daily fantasy sports, and any product or service that asks Snapchatters to pay to play games of chance to win prizes with real-world value ("Gambling Services").

Advertisers for Gambling Services must comply with all applicable licensing or registration requirements and must provide Snap with proof of current licence or registration. All Gambling Services advertisers must be pre-approved by Snap. To apply for approval, please complete the Advertising of Gambling Services Application and agree to the Snap Gambling Terms

Adverts for Gambling Services must not:

  • Target territories where the advertiser is not authorised to operate.

  • Target or be likely to appeal particularly to people under the legal gambling age in the territory where the advert will run.

  • Glorify gambling or misrepresent the benefits of participation.

  • Encourage individuals to play beyond their means.

Adverts must not promote gambling tipster services (information about odds or offers available from gambling operators).

Entertainment

Adverts for movies, video games and television programmes must be age-targeted to the intended audience of the content they promote.

Financial products & services

Adverts for financial products and services must clearly and prominently disclose all applicable material terms and conditions to consumers prior to the submission of an application.

Adverts for loans must disclose, among other things, APR, repayment period, fees and costs, penalties and the contact information of the lending institution.

Adverts for products intended for a limited audience should only be targeted to that audience. For example, if a credit card offer is limited to individuals over the age of 18, the offer’s advertising campaign must be age targeted to 18+.

Adverts for the following are not permitted:

  • Get-rich-quick offers, pyramid schemes or other deceptive or too-good-to-be-true financial offers

  • Adverts that promote particular securities or that provide or allege to provide insider tips

  • Payday loans or predatory lending

  • Cryptocurrency including: wallets, trading platforms and initial coin offerings (ICOs), unless prior approval is obtained from Snap

Pharmaceutical & healthcare

Adverts for pharmaceutical and healthcare products and services must only promote those products or services that have been approved by the local regulatory authorities in each of the countries targeted.

Online pharmacy

Adverts for online pharmacies must be registered with the relevant authorities in the country in which you are advertising. For example, in the United States and Canada online pharmacies must be verified by the National Association of Board of Pharmacies (NABP).

Prescription medicines

All advertisers of prescription medicines must be pre-approved by Snap and may be required to submit proof of authorisation to advertise the medicine in the applicable jurisdiction.

Snap permits targeting adverts for prescription medications only to the following countries:

  • Algeria, Bahrain, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States

Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines

Advertisers of OTC medicines may require pre-approval from Snap.

Snap does not permit targeting adverts for OTC medicines to the following countries:

  • Colombia, Iraq, Lebanon, Romania, Spain and Turkey

Age targeting is required in the following countries:

  • Czech Republic: 15+

  • Israel and the United Kingdom: 16+

  • Argentina, Egypt, Finland, Italy, Kuwait, Lithuania, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Russia and Sweden: 18+

Health and dietary supplements

Adverts for health and dietary supplements must not:

  • Promote products that may present risks for consumers (such as those included in advisories by local regulatory agencies).

  • Promote weight-loss supplements.

  • Contain exaggerated or unrealistic claims.

  • Include “before and after” pictures related to weight loss.

Age targeting is required in the following countries:

  • Colombia, Greece, Kuwait and the United States: 18+

Diet and fitness

  • Any adverts that contain over-exaggerated claims or “before and after” images or otherwise demean the user are not allowed.

  • Adverts for food products must accurately describe the qualities and characteristics of a food product, including any associated health and nutritional claims.

Condoms

Where adverts for condoms are permitted, content may not be provocative or overtly sexual in nature.

Snap does not permit targeting adverts for condoms to the following countries:

  • Bahrain, Ireland, Kuwait, Lebanon, Monaco, Oman, Poland and Qatar.

Age targeting is required in the following countries:

  • Norway: 16+

  • Australia, Chile, Egypt, Lithuania, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia and Turkey: 18+

Hormonal contraceptives

Hormonal contraceptives classified as medicines are subject to the policies for either prescriptions or OTC, as applicable according to country-specific requirements.

Snap does not permit targeting adverts for hormonal contraceptives to the following countries:

  • Bahrain, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Monaco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay

Age targeting is required in the following countries:

  • Australia, Egypt, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia: 18+

Plastic surgery

Snap does not permit targeting adverts for plastic surgery to the following countries:

  • Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Monaco, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkey

Adverts for plastic surgery must be age targeted to 18+, except Bahrain where they must be age targeted to 21+.

Political advertising

Political adverts are subject to Snap's Political Advertising Policies.

In Canada, Snap does not permit “partisan advertising” or “election advertising” (as defined by the Canada Elections Act, as amended from time to time (“Act”)) purchased directly or indirectly on behalf of an eligible party, registered association, nomination contestant, potential or actual candidate, or a third party required to register under subsection 349.6(1) or 353(1) of the Act. This may include (without limitation) content which promotes or opposes any of these individuals/groups or an issue associated with any of those individuals/groups.