Clarification for Facebook Community Standards


Facebook is giving people more information on what isn’t allowed on the network with revamped community standards that now also include a distinct section about ‘dangerous organisations’, along with more clarification about the types of nudity that cannot be posted. The American company claims that the new guidelines will offer more ‘clarity’ for the 1.4 billion people who are said to make use of the network at least one time a month.

The new guidelines with replace an older version on the Facebook website, and they will be given to people who make a complaint about posts. The global head of content policy for Facebook, Monika Bicket, said it was hoped that the new guide would solve the problem of people becoming confused when some requests for posts to be taken down were rejected. She said that the policies themselves had not been altered but the explanations had. This, she claimed, should lead to people being better able to grasp why some posts do not violate Facebook’s standards and offer clarification on the company’s policies regarding bullying and terrorism. Ms Bicket said Facebook was now making it clear that terrorist groups and members are not welcome in the firm’s community, and nor is support or praise for terrorist organisations, their actions or their leaders. The aspect about not allowing praise and support is a new clarification within the guidelines.

The new guidelines are almost three times the length as the previous version, running to almost 2,500 words, and the nudity section is notably more detailed than previously – when ‘limitations’ were only vaguely talked about. The guide now expressly bans pictures that focus on completely bare bottoms and breasts which show the nipple. These restrictions also apply to content that has been digitally created unless the posts are either satirical or educational. The guide forbids written sexual descriptions if ‘vivid detail’ is included.

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