Facebook Clarifies its RULES on BANNED Content

Social networking site with 1.3 billion-member, Facebook updated its “community standards”. The update provides specific examples of content which are not allowed under Facebook’s general rules against hate speech, criminal activity and direct threats.

Facebook Inc. released late Sunday clarified rules regarding banning of certain content from its social network.

The company aims to limit controversial posts such as nudity and support for violent militant groups without destroying its status as a universal hub for its members to share information.

Facebook specified that it will remove posts with content that expresses support for forbidden groups the social network deems to be terrorist organizations. Praising the leaders’ group or those with similar content will be removed also.

The social network also specified that photos of women breastfeeding, post-mastectomy scarring and images of paintings and sculptures with nude contents or figures are still allowed. However, Facebook made it clear that images that were shared in revenge or without permission, are forbidden.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Chief Executive, the social network is not altering any of its policies or standards. What they are actually doing is merely providing more guidance regarding proper use of the social network.

He wrote on his Facebook page, “Having a voice is not some absolute state. It’s not the case that you either have a voice or you don’t.” Also, “People rightfully want to know what content we will take down, what controversial content we’ll leave up, and why.”

Facebook has been long problematic about appearance of images of graphic violence and nudity.

Few years ago Facebook said it would use a broader set of criteria in determining whether gory videos are permitted in the site. The company has also been criticized for allowing pages that glorify violence against women.

Recently, militant groups such as Islamic State have increasingly used social media to spread their message.



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