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Facebook released its "Community Standards " on Tuesday, a list of official rules that outlines the types of posts that can get you banned from using Facebook. It also outlines the types of users it doesn't allow to post.
I dug through Facebook's guidelines to understand what's allowed and what isn't.
Facebook breaks down the types of unacceptable posts and content into six different categories, including: "Violence and Criminal Behavior," "Safety," "Objectionable Content," "Integrity and Authenticity," "Respecting Intellectual Property," and "Content-Related Requests."
This is what is and what isn't allowed:
Facebook bans all threats and calls to violence and says it works with its team to determine the difference between "casual statements" and "content that constitutes a credible threat to public or personal safety."
Facebook blocks (and is working to continue to block):
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was specifically called out on Capitol Hill for allowing ads for regulated items such as opioids to run on Facebook, but the company's terms prohibit individual sales and trade of drugs, non-medical drugs, firearms, ammunition and more. It says it allows discussion of some of these topics, such as firearms.
Other banned topics include anything (or anyone) who's promoting or publicizing crime or trying to coordinate harm.
In its safety section of Community Guidelines, Facebook says it will "remove content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety." This includes suicide and self-injury posts.
Facebook also bans:
Of note: Facebook says its "bullying policies do not apply to public figures because we want to allow discourse, which often includes critical discussion of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience." Facebook will remove content about public figures if it's considered hate speech or a threat, however.
Objectional content includes some of the topics in other categories and more. Here's what's banned:
In this section, Facebook discusses the type of content that falls outside of its other categories. This includes:
Facebook includes "memorialization" in this category. This means you can memorialize an account of someone who passed away.
Facebook says it does not allow someone to post content that's owned by someone else, including anything with "copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights."
It also says that you own everything you post. That means if you post a photograph you took, for example. you still own it and Facebook doesn't claim rights to it.
Here Facebook lays out what it can do to help various users.
It will oblige if someone asks to remove their account, remove a deceased immediate family members account or to remove "an incapacitated user's account" so long as an authorized representative makes the request.
Facebook also adds that it protects minors using the social network. It will oblige requests for:
You can learn more about this in great more detail at by visiting Facebook's Community Standards page.