Taking down violating content

UPDATED

JUN 4, 2021

If your content goes against the Facebook Community Standards or Instagram Community Guidelines, the Facebook company will remove it. We'll also notify you so you can understand why we removed the content and how to avoid posting violating content in the future.

We use a strike system to count violations and hold you accountable for the content you post. Depending on which policy your content goes against, your previous history of violations and the number of strikes you have, your account may also be restricted or disabled.

What happens when your content is removed

We’ll let you know when something you posted goes against our Community Standards or Community Guidelines. Usually, this notice appears in your News Feed when you log into the Facebook app or in your feed on Instagram. You can also find it in your Support Inbox on Facebook or Support Requests on Instagram.

We'll do our best to reference which part of our policies you didn't follow, and give a brief description of why we don’t allow the content, so you can avoid having other content removed in the future.

We occasionally make mistakes. If you believe we made a mistake by removing your content, you usually can let us know, and we'll take another look.

Takedown experience
1
Immediate notification

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

2
Additional context

We’ll also address common misperceptions around enforcement.

3
Explain the policy

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

4
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.

5
Tell us more

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

6
Set expectations

Here, we set expectations on what will happen next.