Our goal is to provide a service that allows you to discover and receive content from all real estate agents in your MLS Community that are members of HipPocket, as well as to share your content with others. We respect the ownership of the content that users share and each user is responsible for the content he or she provides. Because of these principles, we do not actively monitor and will not censor user content, except in limited circumstances described below in the HipPocket Rules.
Content Boundaries and Use of HipPocket
In order to provide the HipPocket service and the ability to communicate and stay connected with others, there are some limitations on the type of content that can be published with HipPocket. These limitations comply with legal requirements and make HipPocket a better experience for all. We may need to change these Rules from time to time and reserve the right to do so. Please check back here to see the latest version of these Rules.
- Listing and Buyer Agreement Compliance: We reserve the right to suspend or permanently close a user account should we discover that an agreement for the exclusive right sell or non-exclusive right to sell has not been put in place with the property owner, prior to posting the listing. Similarly for users representing buyers, an assigned brokerage agreement will need to be signed. While we do not request a copy of these agreements, we will investigate any and all reports raised to us by other HipPocket users.
- Impersonation: You may not impersonate others through the HipPocket service in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others.
- Trademark: We reserve the right to reclaim usernames on behalf of businesses or individuals that hold legal claim or trademark on those usernames. Accounts using business names and/or logos to mislead others may be permanently suspended.
- Private information: You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.
- Violence and Threats: You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.
- Copyright: We will respond to clear and complete notices of alleged copyright infringement. Our copyright procedures are set forth in the Terms of Service.
- Unlawful Use: You may not use our service for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities.
- Properties posted to incorrect communities or geographic areas: Properties posted to HipPocket communities must be within a close geographic distance to the core location of said community. HipPocket reserves the right to asking for the removal listings posted to a HipPocket community that are located far outside the geographic area of the community, or have been posted to the incorrect HipPocket community.
Abuse and Spam
HipPocket strives to protect its users from abuse and spam. User abuse and technical abuse are not tolerated on HipPocket.com, and may result in permanent suspension. Any accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be subject to permanent suspension.
- Serial Accounts: You may not create multiple accounts for disruptive or abusive purposes, or with overlapping use cases. Mass account creation may result in suspension of all related accounts. Please note that any violation of the HipPocket Rules is cause for permanent suspension of all accounts.
- Targeted Abuse: You may not engage in targeted abuse or harassment. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be targeted abuse or harassment are:
- if you are sending messages to a user from multiple accounts;
- if the sole purpose of your account is to send abusive messages to others;
- if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats
- Username squatting: You may not engage in username squatting. Accounts that are inactive for more than six months may also be removed without further notice. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be username squatting are:
- the number of accounts created
- creating accounts for the purpose of preventing others from using those account names
- creating accounts for the purpose of selling those accounts
- using feeds of third-party content to update and maintain accounts under the names of those third parties
- Invitation spam: You may not use HipPocket.com’s address book contact import to send repeat, mass invitations.
- Selling usernames: You may not buy or sell HipPocket usernames.
- Malware/Phishing: You may not publish or link to malicious content intended to damage or disrupt another user’s browser or computer or to compromise a user’s privacy.
- Spam: You may not use the HipPocket service for the purpose of spamming anyone. What constitutes “spamming” will evolve as we respond to new tricks and tactics by spammers. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be spamming are:
- If you have followed and/or unfollowed large amounts of users in a short time period, particularly by automated means (aggressive following or follower churn);
- If you repeatedly follow and unfollow people, whether to build followers or to garner more attention for your profile;
- If your updates consist mainly of links, and not personal updates;
- If a large number of people are blocking you;
- If a large number of spam complaints have been filed against you;
- If you post duplicate content over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account;
- If you post multiple unrelated updates to a topic using #, trending or popular topic, or promoted trend;
- If you repeatedly create false or misleading content;
- Randomly or aggressively following, favoriting or re-posting HipPocket posts;
- If you repeatedly post other users’ account information as your
- If you post misleading links (e.g. affiliate links, links to malware/click jacking pages, etc.);
- Creating misleading accounts or account interactions;
- Selling or purchasing account interactions (such as selling or purchasing followers, re-posts, favorites, etc.);
- Using or promoting third-party services or apps that claim to get you more followers (such as follower trains, sites promising “more followers fast” or any other site that offers to automatically add followers to your account);
- Pornography: You may not use obscene or pornographic images in either your profile photo, header photo, or user background.
Your account may be suspended for Terms of Service violations if any of the above occurs. Please note that accounts created to replace suspended accounts will be permanently suspended.
Accounts engaging in any of these behaviors may be investigated for abuse. Accounts under investigation may be removed from Search for quality. HipPocket reserves the right to immediately terminate your account without further notice in the event that, in its judgment, you violate these Rules or the Terms of Service.
We may revise these Rules from time to time; the most current version will always be at HipPocket Rules.
To report an account for violation of the HipPocket Rules please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These HipPocket Rules were last updated on December 4th, 2015.