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What: News articles on Facebook that describe suicide in celebratory or promotional ways per guidelines from major health organizations, as found on https://reportingonsuicide.org. While we don’t allow people to celebrate or promote self harm or suicide, we do allow people to discuss suicide and self-injury because we want Facebook to be a space where people can share their experiences, raise awareness about these issues, and seek support from one another. In some instances, we may restrict content to adults over the age of 18, include a sensitivity screen, and provide resources so that people are aware the content may be upsetting.
Why: We want Facebook to be a space where people can share their experiences, raise awareness about these issues, and seek support from one another, but we also want to prevent people from celebrating or promoting self harm or suicide. We work continuously with experts from around the world to strike a balance between important goals that are sometimes at odds. For example, when someone posts about self-harm, we want the person to be able to ask for help or share their path to recovery, but we must also consider the safety of the people who see that post. The post may unintentionally trigger thoughts of self-harm or suicide in others. We don't want people to share content that promotes self-harm, but we also don't want to shame or trigger the person who posted the content by removing their post.