Facebook explains its policy on nudity, hate speech

The social network clarified its community standards–along with its approach to government requests–in a recent blog post. 

Facebook is seeking to make its community standards a little less vague.

Namely, the social networking giant clarified its stance on nudity, bullying and hate speech in a recent blog post.

This video outlines the company’s updated community standards:

On this issue of nudity, the company explains, “We restrict the display of nudity because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content—particularly because of their cultural background or age.”

Facebook continues:

We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring.

As for hate speech, Facebook says your post will be flagged for a violation if it attacks someone based on the following:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Religious affiliation
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sex, gender, or gender identity
  • Serious disabilities or diseases

However, “humor, satire, or social commentary related to these topics” is allowed, according to Facebook–provided the person posting can clearly show the purpose in sharing it. The final noteworthy piece of Facebook’s recent announcement centers on its Global Government Requests Report. The company reports that government requests were up slightly in 2014 with 35,051 requests, including “an increase in data requests from certain governments such as India, and decline in requests from countries such as the United States and Germany.” (Image via)


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