Policy Forum Minutes


MAY 25, 2023

We take great care to craft policies that are inclusive of different views and beliefs—in particular, those of people and communities that might otherwise be overlooked or marginalized.

A meeting called the Policy Forum takes place on a regular basis where we discuss potential changes to our Community Standards, Community Guidelines, Advertising Policies, or Product Policies. At this meeting, subject matter experts from the Content Policy team propose adding new policies or amending existing ones. These meetings help the team factor in cultural differences on what is acceptable and better understand broad perspectives on safety and voice and the impact of our policies on communities globally.

A variety of internal stakeholders also participate in the meetings. This includes team members from safety and cybersecurity policy, Global Operations, Civil Rights and Human Rights, legal, communications and diversity, as well as counterterrorism specialists, product managers, and other public policy leads.

Our Content Policy team typically gives two types of presentations at the meetings: a heads up or a policy recommendation. A heads up is a short presentation that introduces an issue the team plans to work through, with internal and external input. After the team has received input, analyzed relevant data about the issue and prepared options for updating a policy, subject matter experts will present a recommendation so the larger group can discuss it.

Our policies evolve over time based on feedback from these meetings, as well as changes in social norms, language, and product updates.

Following the Policy Forum meeting, the policy changes are prepared for implementation which takes time and actual launch dates vary. Once the policy is launched, we publish meeting minutes from the Policy Forum and note these changes in our CS, viewable in the Change Log: