Last updated: 15th July 2018
Our Services (as we have described below in detail) and these Terms are compliant with the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and Information Technology Act, 2000, including all amendments made to it and rules framed under it. When you create an account on our Platform or use our Platform or any of our Services, you accept and agree to these Terms. However, please note that we do not represent that we are compliant with laws of any country apart from the Republic of India. If you wish to use our Services, please ensure that you are permitted to do so, in your jurisdiction.
You and we are required to follow certain rules while you use our Platform. We have listed these rules in these Terms. Please read these Terms and all other hyperlinks mentioned here carefully. Do remember that by using our Platform, you agree to these Terms. Also, if you are using these services outside India, please comply with your local laws.
Changes To Terms And Services
Our Platform is dynamic and may change rapidly. As such, we may change the services we provide at our discretion. We may temporarily, or permanently, stop providing Services or any features to you generally.
We may remove or add functionalities to our Platform and Services without any notice. However, if we make a change where your consent is required, we will make sure to ask for it. Please be sure to keep visiting this page from time to time to stay updated on our latest changes and developments.
Visit this page to see any changes that we may make and services that we may add or modify, from time to time.
Who May use Our Services
Our Platform helps you stay in touch with your friends and enables you to share images, videos, music, status updates, and more in your preferred regional language. We understand your preferred content and personalize your newsfeed to show you posts, pictures, videos, and suggest content available on our Platform (“Service/Services”).
You may use our Services only if you are capable of forming a binding agreement with us and are legally permitted to use our Services. If you are accepting these Terms on behalf of a company or any legal persons, then you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind such entity to these Terms and effectively “you” and “your” shall refer to the company.
Please ensure that you are allowed to use our services under the law.
How To Use Our Services
We have developed a unique platform. Our Services are available exclusively in regional languages. We strive to give you personalized content and show you content that you will enjoy. We also allow you to download content that is available on our Platform and share your ShareChat experience across social media platforms. To use our Services, you must register on our Platform by entering your phone number and the One-Time-Password sent by us via SMS to your phone number. When you register with us using the ShareChat mobile application, you also allow us to read your mobile device phone book, your SMS inbox, access your mobile gallery, mobile device storage, and mobile device camera. However, we do not read any information stored on your mobile device and computer without your permission.
In order to provide Services to you, we need to access your certain features of your mobile device.
Providing a safe Service for a broad community requires that we all do our part. In return for our commitment to provide our Services, we require you to make some commitments to us. Your commitments to us are:
a. No Impersonation or False Information to be Provided
While you do not have to use your actual name on our Platform, you are required to input your correct phone number and gender to use our Services. You will not falsely represent yourself as another person or representative of another person to use our Services. In the event you are operating a parody account for satirical or comedic purposes, you must state the same in your ShareChat bio.
You will not lie about your details, including your age, for any reason.
b. Device Security
We have implemented measures to ensure that our Platform is secure. However, there is no guarantee that our Platform is immune to hacking and virus attacks. You will ensure that you have requisite anti-malware and anti-virus software on your mobile devise and computer to ensure its safety. You will not allow any person to use your phone number, and not allow multiple accounts to be linked to your phone number. You will be responsible for all content posted by any account linked to your phone number.
While we do everything we can to secure your use of our Services, keep in mind that we cannot contemplate all forms of attack on our Platform. You should, as a matter of practice, ensure that your mobile device and computer are not used wrongly or tampered with in any way.
c. Content Removal and Termination
Your usage of our Platform is governed by the ShareChat Content and Community Guidelines. If any of our users report your content to be against the ShareChat Content Community Guidelines, we may remove such content from our Platform. In the event that multiple reports are made regarding violation of the ShareChat Content and Community Guidelines, we may be compelled to terminate your account with us and block you from registering with us. If you wish to appeal any such removal, you may write to us at Grievance@sharechat.co.
We may remove any content that is share on our Platform if such content is prohibited under the ShareChat Content and Community Guidelines.
d. Platform Not to be Used For Anything Unlawful or Illegal
Our Platform is designed to
accommodate a multiplicity of languages and cultures, as well as a diverse
range of content
s. To this effect, we have developed various tags to
classify the nature of the content. You must therefore, correctly identify the
nature of the content shared by you and tag it appropriately. All mature
content, including any violent content, should be tagged as “Non-Veg”.
You shall not, however, use our Platform to share any content which is obscene, pornographic, harmful for minors, discriminatory, spreading hate speech, inciting any form of violence or hatred against any persons, or of seditious in nature, or violates any laws of the Republic of India, or is barred from being shared by any laws of the Republic of India. We reserve the right to remove such content. Please read the ShareChat Content and Community Guidelines for further details.
In addition to the above, please note that we may share your information with appropriate law enforcement authorities if we have good-faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to share your personal data or information in order to comply with any legal obligation or any government request; or to protect the rights or prevent any harm to our property or safety, our customers, or public; or to detect, prevent or otherwise address public safety, fraud, security or technical issues.You understand however, that we cannot be held responsible for any actions done by or to you by a third party or user by way of using our Platform.
We have developed a platform for people to come together; please do not share any content which is illegal or causes any harm to the well-being of members of the society or community.
e. Content Rights and Liabilities
We strongly believe in the freedom of expression and allow you to share photographs, images, videos, music, status updates, and other content on our Platform. We do not have any ownership over any of the content shared by you and the rights in the content remain only with you. You will not use our Platform to violate or infringe upon our or any third-party’s intellectual property rights. Such content is against ShareChat Content and Community Guidelines and may be removed from the Platform. Further, if you use any content developed by us, then we shall continue to own the intellectual property rights in such content.
You remain solely responsible for the content you post on our Platform. We do not endorse and are not responsible for any content shared or posted on or through our Platform, and for the consequence of such sharing or posting. The presence of our logo or any trademark on any content shared by you does not mean that we have endorsed or sponsored your content. Further, we will not be liable for or responsible for the consequences of any transactions made or entered into by you with other users of the Platform.
You will always have ownership and responsibilities for the content you share. We will never claim that we have intellectual property rights over your content, but will have a free of cost, permanent license to use what you share and post on our Platform.
f. Intermediary Status and No Liability
We do not control what people do or say and are not responsible for their (or your) actions (whether online or offline). We are not responsible for services and features offered by others, even if you access them through our Services. Our responsibility for anything that happens on our Platform is strictly governed by the laws of the Republic of India and is limited to that extent. You agree that we will not be responsible for any loss of profits, revenues, information, or data, or consequential, special, indirect, exemplary, punitive, or incidental damages arising out of or related to these Terms, even if we know they are possible. This includes when we delete your content, information, or account.
We are an intermediary under Indian law. We do not control what people post on our Platform but we expect everyone to comply with the ShareChat Content and Community Guidelines.
g. You Will Not Attempt to Disrupt or Jeopardize ShareChat
We have developed a community-driven platform. Therefore, you agree to not interfere with, or use non-public areas of our Platform, Services, and our technical delivery system. You will not introduce any trojans, viruses, any other malicious software, any bots or scrape our Platform for any user information. Additionally, you will not probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system, security or authentication measures implemented by us. If you tamper or attempt to tamper with our technological design and architecture, we may terminate your user profile. We may further report such actions to the appropriate law enforcement authorities and proceed against you with legal actions.
You will not hack into or introduce malicious software of any kind onto our Platform. If you commit such actions, we may remove you from the platform and even have to report your actions to the police.
PERMISSIONS YOU GIVE TO US
You accept these Terms and give us certain permissions so that we can serve you better. Permissions you have granted us are:
a. Permission to Share Your Profile Information with Third Parties
While our Platform is a freely accessible and usable platform, we need to generate revenue so that we can keep offering you our Services for free. Pursuant to this, we may share your user name and gender, and any data that we may collect relating to your usage habits and patterns on our Platform to show you any sponsored content or advertisements. We will not, however, be liable to pay you any revenue share if you purchase any products advertised to you. We do not endorse any products or vouch for the authenticity of the products. Merely advertising of products by the users on our Platform does not amount to an endorsement by us.
If we share any sensitive personal information such as your race, caste, or health information, biometrics etc., we will ask you for your consent prior to sharing the same. Ad revenue helps us keep improving and providing our Platform and Services for free. To generate such revenue, we need to share certain information about the demographics and usage pattern of the users on Platform with third parties.
b. Automatic Downloads and Updates
We are constantly updating our Platform and Services offered. To use our Platform, you may need to download the ShareChat mobile application to your mobile device and update it from time to time.
Applications and software are constantly updated for your use and you will need to install the latest version of the ShareChat mobile application to your mobile device each time such update is generated.
d. Data Retention
OUR AGREEMENT AND WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DISAGREE
a. Who Has Rights Under These Terms
The rights and obligations under these terms are granted only to you and shall not be assigned to any third party without our consent. However, we are permitted to assign our rights and obligations under these Terms to others. This can happen when, for example, we enter into a merger with another company and create a new company.
b. How We Will Handle Disputes
In all cases, you agree that disputes will be subject to the laws of the Republic of India and the courts of Bangalore shall have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.
c. Grievance Officer
We have a Grievance Officer to address your concerns regarding data safety, privacy, and Platform usage concerns. We will resolve the issues raised by you within 30 (thirty) days from receiving them. You may contact the Grievance Officer at any of the following:
Address: 2/1, Sri Ranga, 3rd Floor, Hosur Road, DRC Post Bangalore – 560029
Office Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
We have created a method for you to get in touch with us and for us to address your concerns.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless us, and our subsidiaries, affiliates and agents and their respective officers, directors, employees, successors and assigns from and against any claim, proceeding, loss, damage, liability, cost, demand or expense (including but not limited to attorney's fees) of any kind arising out of: (i) your access to or use of the Platform and Services; (ii) any breach by you of your obligations under this Agreement; (iii) your violation of the rights of any third party, including any infringement of intellectual property, or of any privacy or consumer protection right; (iv) any violation of law or contractual obligation and any claims, demands, notices pursuant to such violation; (v) your negligence or willful misconduct. This obligation will survive termination of our Terms.
We always appreciate feedback or other suggestions. We may use the same without any restrictions or obligation to compensate you for them and are under no obligation to keep them confidential.
A. If any aspect of these Terms is unenforceable, the rest will remain in effect.
B. Any amendment or waiver to our Terms must be in writing and signed by us.
C. If we fail to enforce any aspect of these Terms, including reporting any illegal or impermissible actions to appropriate law enforcement authorities or blocking or suspending your profile, such failure to enforce our rights will not be a waiver by us.
D. We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.