The Community Standards enforcement report

UPDATED

JAN 19, 2022

The Community Standards enforcement report measures how we are doing at enforcing our Community Standards on Facebook and our Community Guidelines on Instagram. Published quarterly, the report details – using text, numbers and charts – the amount of content violations that we took action on from one quarter to another. It also showcases rising trends across various content and policy areas, depending on external, real-world events.

Why we publish the Community Standards enforcement report – and how it keeps us accountable

A variety of teams at Meta contribute to the publication of the report each quarter, including Content Policy, integrity and global operations. This is a partnership – fighting abuse on Facebook requires us to work in lockstep with policy, product and operations. Here are some reasons why the report is an important piece of our collective efforts towards transparency:

  • It tracks our progress.

  • It keeps us accountable.

  • It pushes us to improve more quickly.

  • It offers people visibility into how we enforce our policies.

  • It invites questions about our enforcement decisions.

  • It gives people access to the same data that we use to measure our progress internally.

The Community Standards enforcement report is a type of data transparency reporting that allows people, both inside and outside Meta, to review our enforcement decisions and judge our performance. This includes how well our enforcement technology can detect and take action on violating content, and the fairness and accuracy of review team decisions. The report also demonstrates how we continually invest in technology and people to reduce harm in our community and promote safety – all while balancing freedom of expression.

Together, these components help keep us accountable for each policy area that we address in the report, which leads to increased accountability and responsibility over time. As we learn more about what's important to people and what works with each report, we can better understand how to continuously build and adapt our efforts and where we can improve.

What the Community Standards enforcement report measures

Besides prevalence, which we consider our most important metric, the report measures other areas that paint a picture of our enforcement decisions. They include:

Prevalence

Estimates the percentage of times that people see violating content on Facebook and Instagram.

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Content actioned

The number of pieces of content (e.g. posts, photos, videos or comments) that we take action on for violating our policies.

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Proactive rate

A percentage of all content or accounts acted on that we found and flagged before people reported them to us.

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Appealed content

The number of pieces of content that people appealed after we took action on them for violating our policies.

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Restored content

The number of pieces of content that we restored after originally taking action on them.

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Getting better at measurement

We are continually assessing our metrics to learn how we can improve the ways that we measure in our Community Standards enforcement report.