Last updated: October 17, 2017. See what's changed
This Acceptable Use Policy (this "Policy") describes permitted and prohibited uses of Amazon Mechanical Turk ("MTurk"). The examples described in this Policy are not exhaustive. We may modify this Policy at any time by posting a revised version on the MTurk website. If you violate this Policy or authorize or help others to do so, we may suspend or terminate your MTurk account.
In addition, if we believe or suspect that any transaction or activity violates this Policy or is otherwise a misuse of MTurk, we may take other corrective action that we deem appropriate, including blocking the transaction, withholding funds, restricting use of MTurk, or removing, disabling access to, or modifying any content or resource that violates this Policy.
Please use the "Report this HIT" link or Contact Us page to report any violation of this Policy.
What Worker scripts and automation tools are permitted?
We are generally OK with you using scripts and automation tools to help you search and preview Human Intelligence Tasks ("HITs") more efficiently on the MTurk website, as long as those scripts and automation tools (1) do not serve as a substitute for your human judgment to complete work, (2) do not extract and store data from the MTurk website, and (3) do not disrupt or impair the operation of the website or the integrity of the marketplace (e.g., scripts and automation tools that call MTurk continuously and at high frequency aren’t OK). As a result, we’ll have to make tough calls from time to time when we notice unusual account activity resulting from a particular script or automation tool. Please remember that you are responsible for any script or automation tool that you use with MTurk, and your use of a script or automation tool is at your own risk.
Why are bots, scripts, or other automated HIT-answering tools a problem?
MTurk is a marketplace for completing tasks by exercising human judgment. If the HIT is completed by a bot, script, or other automated method, then it’s not human intelligence. We take this seriously, so if we determine that you are using bots, scripts, or other automated methods to complete HITs, we may suspend or terminate your account, and your rewards balance may be forfeited.
Are there restrictions or prohibited uses of Amazon Mechanical Turk?
You may not use, or encourage others to use, MTurk for any illegal, harmful, fraudulent, infringing, or objectionable activities. Here are some examples of prohibited activities:
Can I create a HIT that may contain adult content?
Yes, if you comply with the following requirements. If your HIT may contain adult content (e.g., nudity), that content must be legal and you must inform the Worker by taking the following steps: