How we help prevent interference, empower people to vote and more.
How we work with independent fact-checkers, and more, to identify and take action on misinformation.
How we assess content for newsworthiness.
How we reduce problematic content in News Feed.
Quarterly report on how well we're doing at enforcing our policies on the Facebook app and Instagram.
Report on how well we're helping people protect their intellectual property.
Report on government request for people's data.
Report on when we restrict content that's reported to us as violating local law.
Report on intentional internet restrictions that limit people's ability to access the internet.
JUN 23, 2021
We want people to be able to talk openly about the issues that matter to them, even if some may disagree or find them objectionable. In rare cases, we allow content on Facebook or Instagram if it’s newsworthy and if keeping it visible is in the public interest, even if the content violates the Facebook Community Standards or Instagram Community Guidelines.
We do this only after conducting a balancing test that weighs the public interest against the risk of harm. We look to international human rights standards, as reflected in our Corporate Human Rights Policy, to help make these judgments.
We introduced our newsworthiness allowance in October 2016 after receiving global criticism for removing the iconic “Napalm Girl” photo. We’ve found that determining the newsworthiness of a piece of content can be highly subjective. People often disagree about what standards should be in place to ensure a community is both safe and open to expression.
When making a newsworthy determination, we assign special value to content that surfaces imminent threats to public health or safety or that gives voice to perspectives currently being debated as part of a political process. We also consider other factors, such as:
Country-specific circumstances (for example, whether there is an election underway, or the country is at war).
The nature of the speech, including whether it relates to governance or politics.
The political structure of the country, including whether it has a free press.
We remove content, even if it has some degree of newsworthiness, when leaving it up presents a risk of harm, such as physical, emotional and financial harm, or a direct threat to public safety.
Content from all sources, including news outlets, politicians, or other people, is eligible for a newsworthy allowance. While the speaker may factor into the balancing test, we do not presume that any person’s speech is inherently newsworthy, including by politicians.