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Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms from making threats and releasing personally identifiable information to sending threatening messages and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.

For private individuals, our protection goes further: We remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to post and share if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying. Learn more about what we are doing to protect people from bullying and harassment here.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted, or
  • Sexually harassing, or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation.

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Calling for, or making statements of intent to engage in, bullying and/or harassment.
  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, or domestic abuse.
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people.
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut).
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur.
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies or terrorist attacks by name or by image, with claims that they are:
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event.
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event.
  • Threatening to release an individual's private phone number, residential address or email address.
  • Making statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating for them to engage in a sexual activity.
  • Creating Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by:
    • Calling for death, or to contract or develop a medical condition.
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity.
    • Making claims that the individual has or may have a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread:
    • Targeted cursing.
    • Calls for death, serious disease, disability, epidemic disease or physical harm.

Target private individuals, involuntary public figures or public figures who are minors with:

  • Calls for death, or to contract or develop a medical condition.
  • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way.
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing.
    • Negative physical descriptions.
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy.
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust.
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way.

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults:
    • Calls for death, or to contract or develop a medical condition.
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way.
    • Content that praises, celebrates or mocks their death or medical condition.
  • For minors:
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”).
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.).

Target private individuals or involuntary public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”).
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.).
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions.
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality.
  • Content sexualizing another adult.
  • Content that further degrades or expresses disgust toward individuals who are depicted menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating.
  • Content that further degrades individuals who are depicted being physically bullied.
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death or serious physical injury.
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims.
    • Self-referential bullying only if the object targets more than one private individual.

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing.
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Coordination, advocation or promotion of exclusion.
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults. We allow criminal allegations so that people can draw attention to personal experiences or offline events. In cases in which criminal allegations pose real-world harm to the named individual, however, we may remove them.
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults.

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior.
  • Videos of physical bullying shared in a non-condemning context.

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying.
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery.
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy.
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion").
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions.
  • Non-negative character or ability claims.
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context.
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity.

We add a cover to this content so people can choose whether to see it:

Videos of physical bullying against minors shared in a condemning context

For the following Community Standards, we require additional information and/or context to enforce:

Do not:

  • Post content that targets private individuals through unwanted Pages, Groups and Events. We remove this content when it is reported by the victim or an authorized representative of the victim.
  • Create accounts to contact someone who has blocked you.
  • Post attacks that use derogatory terms related to female gendered cursing. We remove this content when the victim or an authorized representative of the victim informs us of the content, even if the victim has not reported it directly.
  • Post content that would otherwise require the victim to report the content or an indicator that the poster is directly targeting the victim (e.g. the victim is tagged in the post or comment). We will remove this content if we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted.
  • Post content praising, celebrating or mocking anyone's death. We also remove content targeting a deceased individual that we would normally require the victim to report.
  • Post content calling for or stating an intent to engage in behavior that would qualify as bullying and harassment under our policies. We will remove this content when we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted.
  • Engage in mass harassment against individuals that targets them based on their decision to take or not take the COVID-19 vaccine with:
    • Statements of mental or moral inferiority based on their decision, or
    • Statements that advocate for or allege a negative outcome as a result of their decision, except for widely proven and/or accepted COVID-19 symptoms or vaccine side effects.

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms from making threats and releasing personally identifiable information to sending threatening messages and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.

For private individuals, our protection goes further: We remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to post and share if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying. Learn more about what we are doing to protect people from bullying and harassment here.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Calling for, or making statements of intent to engage in, bullying and/or harassment
  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threatening to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Making statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating for them to engage in a sexual activity
  • Creating Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by:
    • Calling for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disabilityor to contract or develop a medical condition
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Making claims that the individual has or may have a sexually transmitted disease
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease, disability, epidemic disease, or physical harm

Target private individuals, involuntary public figures, or public figures who are minors, with:

  • Calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disabilityor to contract or develop a medical condition
  • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • Negative physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disabilityor to contract or develop a medical condition
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
    • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death or serious physical injurymedical condition
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals or involuntary public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content sexualizing another adult
  • Content that further degrades or expresses disgust toward individuals who are depicted menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating
  • Content that further degrades individuals who are depicted being physically bullied
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death or serious physical injury
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults. We allow criminal allegations so that people can draw attention to personal experiences or offline events. In cases in which criminal allegations pose real-world harm to the named individual, however, we may remove them
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

We add a cover to this content so people can choose whether to see it:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared within a condemning captioncontext

For the following Community Standards, we require additional information and/or context to enforce:

Do not:

  • Post content that targets private individuals through unwanted Pages, Groups and Events. We remove this content when it is reported by the victim or an authorized representative of the victim
  • Create accounts to to contact someone who has blocked you
  • Post attacks that use derogatory terms related to female gendered cursing. We remove this content when the victim or an authorized representative of the victim informs us of the content, even if the victim hasn’t reported it directly
  • Post content that would otherwise require the victim to report the content or an indicator that the poster is directly targeting the victim (e.g., the victim is tagged in the post or comment). We will remove this content if we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted
  • Post content praising, celebrating, or mocking anyone's death. We also remove content targeting a deceased individual that we would normally require the victim to report
  • Post content calling for or stating an intent to engage in behavior that would qualify as bullying and harassment under our policies. We will remove this content when we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted
  • Engage in mass harassment against individuals that targets them based on their decision to take or not take the COVID-19 vaccine with:
    • statements of mental or moral inferiority based on their decision, or
    • statements that advocate for or allege a negative outcome as a result of their decision, except for widely proven and/or accepted COVID-19 symptoms or vaccine side effects.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Calling for, or making statements of intent to engage in, bullying and/or harassment
  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threatening to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Making statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating for them to engage in a sexual activity
  • Creating Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by:
    • Calling for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Making claims that the individual has or may have a sexually transmitted disease
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease, disability, epidemic disease, or physical harm

Target private individuals, involuntary public figures, or public figures who are minors, with:

  • Calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
  • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • Negative physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
    • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death or serious physical injury
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals or involuntary public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content sexualizing another adult
  • Content that further degrades or expresses disgust toward individuals who are depicted menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating
  • Content that further degrades individuals who are depicted being physically bullied
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death or serious physical injury
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults. We allow criminal allegations so that people can draw attention to personal experiences or offline events. In cases in which criminal allegations pose real-world harm to the named individual, however, we may remove them
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

We add a cover to this content so people can choose whether to see it:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

For the following Community Standards, we require additional information and/or context to enforce:

Do not:

  • Post content that targets private individuals through unwanted Pages, Groups and Events. We remove this content when it is reported by the victim or an authorized representative of the victim
  • Create accounts to to contact someone who has blocked you
  • Post attacks that use derogatory terms related to female gendered cursing. We remove this content when the victim or an authorized representative of the victim informs us of the content, even if the victim hasn’t reported it directly
  • Post content that would otherwise require the victim to report the content or an indicator that the poster is directly targeting the victim (e.g., the victim is tagged in the post or comment). We will remove this content if we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted
  • Post content praising, celebrating, or mocking anyone's death. We also remove content targeting a deceased individual that we would normally require the victim to report
  • Post content calling for or stating an intent to engage in behavior that would qualify as bullying and harassment under our policies. We will remove this content when we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted
  • Engage in mass harassment against individuals that targets them based on their decision to take or not take the COVID-19 vaccine with:
    • statements of mental or moral inferiority based on their decision, or
    • statements that advocate for or allege a negative outcome as a result of their decision, except for widely proven and/or accepted COVID-19 symptoms or vaccine side effects.

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms, from making threats to releasing personally identifiable information, to sending threatening messages, and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment. For private individuals, our protection goes further: we remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to share and re-share postspost and share if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying. Learn more about what we’re doing to protect people from bullying and harassment here.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Calling for, or making statements of intent to engage in, bullying and/or harassment
  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threatening to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Making statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating for them to engage in a sexual activity
  • Creating Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by:
    • Calling for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Making claims that the individual has or may have a sexually transmitted disease
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease, disability, epidemic disease, or physical harm

Target private individuals, involuntary public figures, or public figures who are minors, with:

  • Calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
  • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • Negative physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
    • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death or serious physical injury
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals or involuntary public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content sexualizing another adult
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgustContent that further degrades or expresses disgust toward individuals who are depicted menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individualContent that further degrades individuals who are depicted being physically bullied
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death or serious physical injury
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults. We allow criminal allegations so that people can draw attention to personal experiences or offline events. In cases in which criminal allegations pose real-world harm to the named individual, however, we may remove them
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:We add a cover to this content so people can choose whether to see it:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

For the following Community Standards, we require additional information and/or context to enforce:

Do not:

  • Post content that targets private individuals through unwanted Pages, Groups and Events. We remove this content when it is reported by the victim or an authorized representative of the victim
  • Create accounts to to contact someone who has blocked you
  • Post attacks that use derogatory terms related to female gendered cursing. We remove this content when the victim or an authorized representative of the victim informs us of the content, even if the victim hasn’t reported it directly
  • Post content that would otherwise require the victim to report the content or an indicator that the poster is directly targeting the victim (e.g., the victim is tagged in the post or comment). We will remove this content if we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted
  • Post content praising, celebrating, or mocking anyone's death. We also remove content targeting a deceased individual that we would normally require the victim to report
  • Post content calling for or stating an intent to engage in behavior that would qualify as bullying and harassment under our policies. We will remove this content when we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms from making threats and releasing personally identifiable information to sending threatening messages and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.

For private individuals, our protection goes further: We remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to post and share if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying. Learn more about what we are doing to protect people from bullying and harassment here.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Calling for, or making statements of intent to engage in, bullying and/or harassment
  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation,sexual harassment, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threatening to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Making statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating for them to engage in a sexual activity
  • Creating Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by:
    • Calling for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Making claims that the individual has or may have a sexually transmitted disease
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease, disability, epidemic disease, or physical harm

Target another private individuals, involuntary public figures,or public figure who is aare minors, with:

  • Calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
  • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • Negative physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
    • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content sexualizing another adult
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults. We allow criminal allegations so that people can draw attention to personal experiences or offline events. In cases in which criminal allegations pose real-world harm to the named individual, however, we may remove them
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

For the following Community Standards, we require additional information and/or context to enforce:

Do not:

  • Post content that targets private individuals through unwanted Pages, Groups and Events. We remove this content when it is reported by the victim or an authorized representative of the victim
  • Create accounts to to contact someone who has blocked you
  • Post attacks that use derogatory terms related to female gendered cursing. We remove this content when the victim or an authorized representative of the victim informs us of the content, even if the victim hasn’t reported it directly
  • Post content that would otherwise require the victim to report the content or an indicator that the poster is directly targeting the victim (e.g., the victim is tagged in the post or comment). We will remove this content if we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted
  • Post content praising, celebrating, or mocking anyone's death. We also remove content targeting a deceased individual that we would normally require the victim to report
  • Post content calling for or stating an intent to engage in behavior that would qualify as bullying and harassment under our policies. We will remove this content when we have confirmation from the victim or an authorized representative of the victim that the content is unwanted

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms from making threats and releasing personally identifiable information to sending threatening messages and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.

For private individuals, our protection goes further: We remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to post and share if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying. Learn more about what we are doing to protect people from bullying and harassment here.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Calling for, or making statements of intent to engage in, bullying and/or harassment
  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threatening to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Making statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating for them to engage in a sexual activity
  • Creating Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by:
    • Calling for death or serious disease , epidemic disease, or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Making claims that the individual has or may have a sexually transmitted disease
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease, or disability, epidemic disease, or physical harm

Target another private individual, or public figure who is a minor, with:

  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • Negative physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death or serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability
    • Statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating to engage in a sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
    • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content sexualizing another adult
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms from making threats and releasing personally identifiable information to sending threatening messages and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.

For private individuals, our protection goes further: We remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to post and share if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying. Learn more about what we are doing to protect people from bullying and harassment here.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threaten to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Creating or posting content to Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by: , for example
    • Calling for death or serious disease or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Making claims that the individual has or may have aabout sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm

Target another private individual, or public figure who is a minor, with:

  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • High-severity physical descriptionsNegative physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
    • Statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating to engage in a sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
    • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content sexualizing another adult
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms from making threats and releasing personally identifiable information to sending threatening messages and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.

For private individuals, our protection goes further: We remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to post and share if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying. Learn more about what we are doing to protect people from bullying and harassment here.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threaten to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Creating or posting content to Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example
    • Calling for death or serious disease or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm

Target another private individual, or public figure who is a minor, with:

  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • High-severity physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
    • Statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating to engage in a sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Female-gendered cursing terms when used in a derogatory way
    • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms from making threats and releasing personally identifiable information to sending threatening messages and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.

For private individuals, our protection goes further: We remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to post and share if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying. Learn more about what we are doing to protect people from bullying and harassment here.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threaten to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Creating or posting content to Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example
    • Calling for death or serious disease or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm

Target another private individual, or public figure who is a minor, with:

  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • High-severity physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
    • Statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating to engage in a sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors or involuntary minor public figures with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Content questioning hygiene
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms from making threats and releasing personally identifiable information to sending threatening messages and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.

For private individuals, our protection goes further: We remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to post and share if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying. Learn more about what we are doing to protect people from bullying and harassment here.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact someone in a manner that is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threaten to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Creating or posting content to Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example
    • Calling for death or serious disease or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sending messages that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing
    • Calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm

Target another private individual, or public figure who is a minor, with:

  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • High-severity physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
    • Statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating to engage in a sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
    • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through negative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual
  • Content that praises, celebrates, or mocks their death

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Content questioning hygiene
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Neutral or positive physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

Do not:

Repeatedly contact a single person despite that person's clear desire and action to prevent that contactsomeone in a manner than is:

  • Unwanted or
  • Sexually harassing or
  • Directed at a large number of individuals with no prior solicitation

Repeatedly contact large numbers of people with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threaten to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Creating or posting content to Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example
    • Calling for death or serious disease or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sending messages to any individual that contain the following attacks when aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Targeted cursing aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread

Target another private individual, or public figure who is a minor, with:

  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • High-severity physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
    • Statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating to engage in a sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through high-severitynegative physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Content questioning hygiene
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Low-severityNeutral or positivephysical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

Do not:

Repeatedly contact a single person despite that person's clear desire and action to prevent that contact

Repeatedly contact large numbers of people with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Threaten to release an individual's private phone number, residential address, or email address
  • Creating or posting content to Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example
    • Calling for death or serious disease or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sending messages to any individual that contain
    • Targeted cursing aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread

Target another private individual, or public figure who is a minor, with:

  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • High-severity physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
    • Statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating to engage in a sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through high-severity physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Content questioning hygiene
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Low-severity physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption

Section 9: Bullying and Harassment (New):

Previously, our Community Standards included separate sections for bullying and harassment. The distinction was confusing to people, especially victims of bullying and/or harassment. That's why we opted to combine the two policies, expanding their scope to include additional protection for public figures. We continue to distinguish between public and private individuals because we think it's important to allow for discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience, but moving forward, for public figures we will remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.

Policy Rationale

Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms, from making threats to releasing personally identifiable information, to sending threatening messages, and making unwanted malicious contact. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.

We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment. For private individuals, our protection goes further: we remove content that's meant to degrade or shame, including, for example, claims about someone's sexual activity. We recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors, which is why our policies provide heightened protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

Context and intent matter, and we allow people to share and re-share posts if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to bullying and harassment. In certain instances, we require self-reporting because it helps us understand that the person targeted feels bullied or harassed. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

We also have a Bullying Prevention Hub, which is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including information on how to start important conversations about bullying.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact a single person despite that person's clear desire and action to prevent that contact

Repeatedly contact large numbers of people with no prior solicitation

Target anyone maliciously by:

  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or domestic abuse
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)
  • Posting content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur
  • Posting content about victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are
    • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
    • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event
  • Creating or posting content to Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example
    • Calling for death or serious disease or disability
    • Making statements of intent of advocating to engage in sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sending messages to any individual that contain
    • Targeted cursing aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
    • Calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread

Target another private individual, or public figure who is a minor, with:

  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pages or Groups created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing
    • High-severity physical descriptions
    • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt or disgust

Target public figures by purposefully exposing them to:

  • For adults
    • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
    • Statements of intent to engage in a sexual activity or advocating to engage in a sexual activity
    • Claims about sexually transmitted disease
  • For minors
    • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
    • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)

Target private individuals with:

  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object (“cow," “monkey” “potato”)
  • Content manipulated to highlight, circle, or otherwise negatively draw attention to specific physical characteristics (nose, ear, etc.)
  • Attacks through high-severity physical descriptions
  • Content that ranks individuals on physical appearance or personality
  • Content that depicts others in the process of, or right after menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating where context further degrades the individual or contains an expression of disgust
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • In addition to the above, attacks through Pages or Groups:
    • Negative character or ability claims
    • Self-referential bullying; Only if the Object targets more than 1 private individual

Target private adults (who must self-report) or any private minors with:

  • Targeted cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement, sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Content questioning hygiene
  • Coordination, advocation, or promotion of exclusion
  • Negative character or ability claims, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust, except in the context of criminal allegations against adults

Target private individuals who are minors with:

  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared in a non-condemning context

Target private individuals (who must self-report) with:

  • Self-referential bullying
  • Unwanted manipulated imagery
  • Comparison to other public, fictional or private individuals on the basis of physical appearance
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy, except in at-risk countries where the Violence and Incitement policy should be applied
  • Comparisons to animals or insects that are not culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior (“tiger," “lion")
  • Low-severity physical descriptions
  • Non-negative character or ability claims
  • Any bullying or harassment violation, when shared in an endearing context
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to a lack of sexual activity

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption




Formerly Section 9: Bullying

In May 2019, we combined our bullying and harassment policies. For informational purposes, we've maintained the text of the bullying and harassment policies as they read before the merge, but please note that these sections have been superseded.

Policy Rationale

Bullying happens in many places and comes in many different forms from making statements degrading someone's character to posting inappropriate images to threatening someone. We do not tolerate bullying on Facebook because we want the members of our community to feel safe and respected.

We will remove content that purposefully targets private individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them. We recognize that bullying can be especially harmful to minors, and our policies provide heightened protection for minors because they are more vulnerable and susceptible to online bullying. In certain instances, we require the individual who is the target of bullying to report content to us before removing it.

Our bullying policies do not apply to public figures because we want to allow discourse, which often includes critical discussion of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. Discussion of public figures nonetheless must comply with our Community Standards, and we will remove content about public figures that violates other policies, including hate speech or credible threats.

Our Bullying Prevention Hub is a resource for teens, parents, and educators seeking support for issues related to bullying and other conflicts. It offers step-by-step guidance, including on how to start important conversations for people being bullied, parents who have a child being bullied or accused of bullying, and educators who have students involved with bullying.

Do not post:

Content about another private individual that reflects

  • Claims about sexual activity
  • DegradingHigh-severity physical descriptions1
  • Ranking individuals on physical appearance or personality2
  • Threats of non-consensual sexual touching
  • Sexualized text targeting another individual
  • Attacks through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)3
  • An individual in a context that is intended to degrade, for example, menstruating, urinating, vomiting, or defecating
  • Physical bullying where the context further degrades the individual
  • Comparison to animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object

Content that has been photoshopped to target and demean an individual, including by highlighting specific physical characteristics or threatening violence in text or with imagery

Content that specifies an individual as the target of

  • Statements of intent to commit violence
  • Calls for action of violence
  • Statements advocating violence
  • Aspirational and conditional statements of violence
  • Physical bullying
  • Claims about religious identity or blasphemy4

In addition, we may remove Pages or Groups that are dedicated to attacking individual(s) by, for example

  • Cursing at an individual or individuals
  • Making negative character claims
  • Making negative ability claims
  • Claims about blasphemy5
  • Appearing to be first person but is actually posted by a different individual than the person referenced and targets more than one individual6

We also remove content that is targeted at minors when it contains:

  • Cursing
  • Claims about romantic involvement or sexual orientation
  • Allegations about criminal or illegal behavior
  • Coordinating, advocating, or promoting exclusion
  • Negative character claims
  • Negative ability claims7
  • Expressions of contempt or disgust
  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with no caption or a neutral or praising caption

In some cases, content is written in the first person but is actually posted by a different individual than the person referenced in the content. This may be done to target the person in the content with the intention of degrading or shaming them. We remove:

Content that contains the following and is reported by the individual depicted:8

  • Claims about sexual activity
  • Comparisons to animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior or to an inanimate object
  • DegradingHigh-severity physical descriptions9
  • Ranking individuals on physical appearance or personality10
  • Cursing at a person
  • Claims about romantic involvement or sexual orientation
  • Negative character or ability claims

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing:

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption11



Formerly Section 10: Harassment

In May 2019, we combined our bullying and harassment policies. For informational purposes, we've maintained the text of the bullying and harassment policies as they read before the merge, but please note that these sections have been superseded.

Policy Rationale

We do not tolerate harassment on Facebook. We want people to feel safe to engage and connect with their community. Our harassment policy applies to both public and private individuals because we want to prevent unwanted or malicious contact on the platform. Context and intent matter, and we allow people to share and re-share posts if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to harassment. In addition to reporting such behavior and content, we encourage people to use tools available on Facebook to help protect against it.

Do not:

Repeatedly contact a single person despite that person's clear desire and action to prevent that contact

Repeatedly contact large numbers of people with no prior solicitation

Send messages to any individual that contain

  • Targeted cursing aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread12
  • Calls for death, serious disease or disability, or physical harm aimed at an individual or group of individuals in the thread
  • Bullying policy violations
  • Claims that a victim of a violent tragedy is lying about being a victim, acting/pretending to be a victim of a verified event, or otherwise is paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event when sent directly to a survivor and/or immediate family member of a survivor or victim

Send messages to a group that contain any bullying policy violations, regardless of whether the person being targeted is a public or private individual

Target anyone maliciously, including public figures, by

  • Attacking them based on their status as a victim of sexual assault or sexual exploitation
  • Threatening any participant in public discourse with violence in an attempt to intimidate or silence them
  • Calling for self-injury or suicide of a specific person, or group of people
  • Attacking them through derogatory terms related to sexual activity (e.g. whore, slut)13

Post content about a violent tragedy, or victims of violent tragedies that include claims that a violent tragedy did not occur14

Target victims or survivors of violent tragedies by name or by image, with claims that they are

  • Lying about being a victim of an event
  • Acting/pretending to be a victim of an event
  • Otherwise paid or employed to mislead people about their role in the event

Target a minor who is a public figure with:15

  • Claims about sexual activity or sexually transmitted disease(s)
  • Content has been photoshopped to include threats of violence either in text or image (for example, adding bullseye, dart, gun to head)
  • Calls for death or serious disease or disability
  • Statements of intent to commit violence or low severity harm in an attempt to silence someone
  • Objects created to attack through:
    • Targeted cursing16
    • DegradingHigh-severity physical description17
    • Claims about blasphemy
    • Expressions of contempt
    • Expressions of disgust

Post content about anyone, including a public figure, that contains a name, photo, or video of the individual and:18

  • Any statements of intent to commit lethal violence, or
  • Any calls for action of lethal violence, or
  • Any statements advocating lethal violence

1Updated August 2018.

2Updated August 2018.

3Updated November 2018.

4Updated May 2018.

5Updated May 2018.

6Updated May 2018.

7Deleted August 2018.

8Entire section, beginning with "In some cases, content is written..." and ending in "Negative character or ability claims," added in May 2018.

9Updated August 2018.

10Updated August 2018.

11Updated August 2018.

12Updated August 2018.

13Updated November 2018.

14Updated March 2019 with the following annotation: "In the wake of tragic mass shootings in Sandy Hook, CT and Parkland, FL, we saw a spike in content that referenced victims and survivors as liars and crisis actors or denied the events happened. We have since been working with advocacy organizations to understand the contours of these claims and found that often times harassment takes the form of claims that a violent tragedy did not occur. In an effort to protect victims and survivors, we have expanded our harassment policies to account for such denials."

15Entire section, beginning with "Target a minor..." and ending in "Expressions of disgust," added in May 2018.

16Updated August 2018.

17Updated August 2018.

18Entire section, beginning with "Post content about anyone..." and ending in "Any statements advocating lethal violence," added in November 2018.

User experiences

See some examples of what enforcement looks like for people on Facebook, such as: what it looks like to report something you don’t think should be on Facebook, to be told you’ve violated our Community Standards and to see a warning screen over certain content.

Note: We’re always improving, so what you see here may be slightly outdated compared to what we currently use.

Data
Prevalence

Percentage of times people saw violating content

Content actioned

Number of pieces of violating content we took action on

Proactive rate

Percentage of violating content we found before people reported it

Appealed content

Number of pieces of content people appealed after we took action on it

Restored content

Number of pieces of content we restored after we originally took action on it

Prevalence

Percentage of times people saw violating content

Content actioned

Number of pieces of violating content we took action on

Proactive rate

Percentage of violating content we found before people reported it

Appealed content

Number of pieces of content people appealed after we took action on it

Restored content

Number of pieces of content we restored after we originally took action on it

Reporting
1
Universal entry point

We have an option to report, whether it’s on a post, a comment, a story, a message or something else.

2
Get started

We help people report things that they don’t think should be on our platform.

3
Select a problem

We ask people to tell us more about what’s wrong. This helps us send the report to the right place.

4
Report submitted

After these steps, we submit the report. We also lay out what people should expect next.

Post-report communication
1
Update via notifications

After we’ve reviewed the report, we’ll send the reporting user a notification.

2
More detail in the Support Inbox

We’ll share more details about our review decision in the Support Inbox. We’ll notify people that this information is there and send them a link to it.

3
Appeal option

If people think we got the decision wrong, they can request another review.

4
Post-appeal communication

We’ll send a final response after we’ve re-reviewed the content, again to the Support Inbox.

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.

Warning screens
1
Warning screens in context

We cover certain content in News Feed and other surfaces, so people can choose whether to see it.

2
More information

In this example, we give more context on why we’ve covered the photo with more context from independent fact-checkers

Enforcement

We have the same policies around the world, for everyone on Facebook.

Review teams

Our global team of over 15,000 reviewers work every day to keep people on Facebook safe.

Stakeholder engagement

Outside experts, academics, NGOs and policymakers help inform the Facebook Community Standards.