Offensive Domain Policy
Offensive Domain Policy
As a domain marketplace, WTI does not wish to engage in selective censorship of domains people wish to buy and trade. However, WTI is also a responsible global citizen and we have created a set of guidelines to determine whether the offensive nature of specific terms will be allowed placement in our domain database. WTI reserves the right not to list domains that violate our Offensive Domain Policy.
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Application of guidelines that have the potential of restricting free speech require careful judgment and consideration of a domain’s potential for substantial social, artistic or political value. Domain names that, in WTI’s sole discretion, promote or praise hatred, violence, child pornography, racial or religious intolerance may not be listed for sale or parked with WTI and will be removed once discovered by, or reported to WTI without warning or notice to the domain owner. Users who continually attempt to list for sale or park domains in violation of this policy risk suspension or cancellation of their WTI accounts. In addition, domains that promote organizations that endorse and/or encourage hatred, violence, child pornography, racial or religious intolerance may not be listed for sale or parked with WTI.
The Offensive Domain Policy is aggressively applied in relation to WTI’s domain showcase service. Orders for domain showcases involving domains that violate this policy will not be processed and the sales price will be refunded. As a member of the global community with sites servicing many different countries, domain showcase orders will be reviewed in accordance with the community standards of the country where the listing will appear.
Why is this Policy Necessary?
WTI is proud to offer our domain name services in over 20 languages and to domain owners in countries around the world. WTI users come from a diverse international background and maintain different sensibilities. WTI’s domain marketplace is strengthened by this diversity and we endeavor to create a trading environment free from offensive terms which lack any redeeming social, artistic or political value. Free speech is another global priority of WTI and while we will not tolerate domains whose only purpose is to espouse hatred or violence, WTI will never engage in selective censorship of domains that do not infringe upon on this narrowly tailored policy.
Reporting Domains that Violate the Offensive Domain Policy
Despite WTI’s best efforts, it is impossible for WTI to monitor and verify the millions of domains that are bought, sold and parked with WTI every year. For this reason, we seek the help of our global community to report any domains you feel may run afoul of this policy. If you would like to report a domain that violates WTI’s Offensive Domain Policy you can submit an email through our contact page. Please include the domain in question and the date, time and location where you noticed the domain. WTI will act expeditiously to review and remove and/or block, if necessary, all domains that violate this policy.
For more information on WTI’s Offensive Domain Policy, please contact us.