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Policy Rationale

In an effort to prevent and disrupt offline harm and copycat behavior, we prohibit people from facilitating, organizing, promoting or admitting to certain criminal or harmful activities targeted at people, businesses, property or animals. We allow people to debate and advocate for the legality of criminal and harmful activities, as well as draw attention to harmful or criminal activity that they may witness or experience as long as they do not advocate for or coordinate harm.

Do not post content that falls into the following categories:

Harm against people

  • Depicting, admitting to or promoting acts of physical harm against people, including acts of domestic violence, except when shared in the context of redemption or defense.
  • Swatting, specifically statements of intent, calls to action, representing, supporting, advocating for, depicting, admitting to or speaking positively about it.
  • Depicting, promoting, advocating for or encouraging participation in a high-risk viral challenge.
  • Promoting or advocating for harmful miracle cures for health issues.
  • Coordinating, depicting, admitting to or promoting active and deliberate spread of communicable diseases by you or your associates

Harm against animals

Statements of intent, calls to action, representing, supporting or advocating for, or depicting, admitting to or promoting:

  • Acts of physical harm against animals committed by you or your associates except in cases of hunting, fishing, religious sacrifice, food preparation or processing, pest or vermin, self-defense or redemption.
  • Staged animal vs. animal fights, including acts committed by a third party.

Harm against property

Statements of intent, calls to action, representing, supporting or advocating for harm against property that depicts, admits to, or promotes the following acts committed by you or your associates:

  • Vandalism.
  • Hacking when the intent is to hijack a domain, corrupt or disrupt cyber systems, seek ransoms or gain unauthorized access to data systems.
  • Theft when committed by you or your associates, as well as positive statements about theft when committed by a third party.

Voter and/or census fraud

  • Offers to buy or sell votes with cash or gifts
  • Statements that advocate, provide instructions, or show explicit intent to illegally participate in a voting or census process

Voter and/or census interference

  • Misrepresentation of the dates, locations, times and methods for voting or voter registration or census participation.
  • Misrepresentation of who can vote, qualifications for voting, whether a vote will be counted, and what information and/or materials must be provided in order to vote.
  • Misrepresentation of who can participate in the census and what information or materials must be provided in order to participate.
  • Content claiming that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is at a voting location.
  • Explicit claims that people will be infected by COVID-19 (or another communicable disease) if they participate in the voting process.

For the following content, we include a label so that people are aware the content may be sensitive:

  • Imagery depicting a high-risk viral challenge if shared with a caption that condemns or raises awareness of the associated risks.

For the following Community Standards, we require additional information and/or context to enforce:

Do not post:

  • Content revealing the identity of someone as a witness, informant, activist or individuals whose identity or involvement in a legal case has been restricted from public disclosure
  • Imagery that is likely to deceive the public as to its origin if:
    • The entity depicted or an authorized representative objects to the imagery, and
    • The imagery has the potential to cause harm to members of the public.
  • Other misrepresentations related to voting in an official election or census participation may be subject to false news standards, as referenced in section 20 .
  • Misrepresentation of whether a candidate is running or not.
  • Calls for coordinated interference that would affect an individual’s ability to participate in an official census or election.
  • Content stating that census or voting participation may or will result in law enforcement consequences (for example, arrest, deport or imprisonment).
  • Misrepresentation of government involvement in the census, including, where applicable, that an individual's census information will be shared with another (non-census) government agency.
  • Statements of intent, support or advocacy to go to an election site, voting location, or vote counting location when the purpose of going to the site is to monitor or watch voters or election officials’ activity using militaristic language (e.g. “war,” “army,” or “soldier” ) or an expressed goal to intimidate, exert control or display power (e.g. “Let’s show them who's boss!,” “If they’re scared, they won’t vote!”).
  • Content coordinating interference with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Content calling to action, advocating or promoting that others not get the COVID-19 vaccine.
User experiences

See some examples of what enforcement looks like for people on Facebook, such as: what it looks like to report something you don’t think should be on Facebook, to be told you’ve violated our Community Standards and to see a warning screen over certain content.

Note: We’re always improving, so what you see here may be slightly outdated compared to what we currently use.

Universal entry point

We have an option to report, whether it’s on a post, a comment, a story, a message or something else.

Get started

We help people report things that they don’t think should be on our platform.

Select a problem

We ask people to tell us more about what’s wrong. This helps us send the report to the right place.

Report submitted

After these steps, we submit the report. We also lay out what people should expect next.

Post-report communication
Update via notifications

After we’ve reviewed the report, we’ll send the reporting user a notification.

More detail in the Support Inbox

We’ll share more details about our review decision in the Support Inbox. We’ll notify people that this information is there and send them a link to it.

Appeal option

If people think we got the decision wrong, they can request another review.

Post-appeal communication

We’ll send a final response after we’ve re-reviewed the content, again to the Support Inbox.

Takedown experience
Immediate notification

When someone posts something that violates our Community Standards, we’ll tell them.

Additional context

We’ll also address common misperceptions around enforcement.

Explain the policy

We’ll give people easy to understand explanations about why their content was removed.

Ask for input

After we’ve established the context for our decision and explained our policy, we’ll ask people what they'd like to do next, including letting us know if they think we made a mistake.

Tell us more

If people disagree with the decision, we’ll ask them to tell us more.

Set expectations

Here, we set expectations on what will happen next.

Warning screens
Warning screens in context

We cover certain content in News Feed and other surfaces, so people can choose whether to see it.

More information

In this example, we give more context on why we’ve covered the photo with more context from independent fact-checkers


We have the same policies around the world, for everyone on Facebook.

Review teams

Our global team of over 15,000 reviewers work every day to keep people on Facebook safe.

Stakeholder engagement

Outside experts, academics, NGOs and policymakers help inform the Facebook Community Standards.