Medium Username Policy

Creation

Medium usernames are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. A username can only be attached to one account at a time.

Inactivity

We encourage you to remain active with your Medium account. This activity can include recommending, highlighting, or publishing. Accounts may be removed after 6 months of inactivity. We don’t accept requests for inactive accounts, unless you own a registered trademark for it.

Trademarks

Username trademark violations may involve using a trademarked logo, business or product name in a way likely to confuse people. For more information, read our Trademark Policy.

Parody Accounts

Medium allows parody and fan accounts. Those accounts must be clearly marked as such, and need to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The bio must directly state that the account is not affiliated with the targeted subject by using words such as “parody,” “fake,” “not,” “false,” or “fan.” There’s no specific formula you must use for the disclaimer, but it must be quickly and clearly evident this is the intention of the account to any audience.
  • The Medium name and username must not be the exact same as the targeted subject, and should contain a disclaiming word such as “parody,” “fake,” “not,” “false,” or “fan.” For example, if you are parodying John Smith, your username can’t be @johnsmith.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in suspension or removal of the Medium account.