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Policy Rationale

In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence to have a presence on Facebook. This includes organizations or individuals involved in the following:

  • Terrorist activity.
  • Organized hate.
  • Mass murder (including attempts) or multiple murders.
  • Human trafficking.
  • Organized violence or criminal activity.

We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders or individuals involved in these activities. Learn more about our work to fight terrorism online here.

We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence (for example, have an account, Page or Group) on our platform:

Terrorist organizations and terrorists, which include:

  • Any non-state actor that:
    • Engages in, advocates or lends substantial support to purposive and planned acts of violence.
    • Which causes or attempts to cause death, injury or serious harm to civilians, or any other person not taking direct part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, and/or significant damage to property linked to death, serious injury or serious harm to civilians.
    • With the intent to coerce, intimidate and/or influence a civilian population, government, or international organization.
    • In order to achieve a political, religious or ideological aim.

Hate organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A hate organization is defined as:
    • Any association of 3 or more people that is organized under a name, sign, or symbol and that has an ideology, statements or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.

Mass and multiple murderers (including attempts)

  • We consider a homicide to be a mass murder if it results in 3 or more deaths in one incident.
  • We consider an attempted mass murder to be one where an individual uses a weapon or vehicle to attempt mass harm in a public space or against more than one person.
  • We consider any individual who has committed 2 or more murders over multiple incidents or locations a multiple murderer.

Human trafficking groups and their leaders

  • Human trafficking groups are organizations responsible for any of the following:
    • Prostitution of others, forced/bonded labor, slavery or the removal of organs.
    • Recruiting, transporting, transferring, detaining, providing, harboring or receiving a minor, or an adult against their will.

Criminal organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A criminal organization is defined as:
    • Any association of 3 or more people that is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including but not limited to:
      • Homicide.
      • Drug trafficking.
      • Arms trafficking.
      • Identity theft.
      • Money laundering.
      • Extortion or trafficking.
      • Assault.
      • Kidnapping.
      • Sexual exploitation (covered in section 7 and section 8).

We do not allow symbols that represent any of the above organizations or individuals to be shared on our platform without context that condemns or neutrally discusses the content.

We do not allow content that praises any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow coordination of support for any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow content that praises, supports, or represents events that Facebook designates as terrorist attacks, hate events, mass murders or attempted mass murders, serial murders, hate crimes and violating events.

We do not allow the following groups to maintain a Page, Group, Event or Instagram profile on our platform, or to have one maintained on their behalf. The admins of these Pages, Groups and Events will also be removed:

  • Militarized Social Movements (MSM), such as militias or groups that support and organize violent acts amid protests.
  • Violence-Inducing Conspiracy Networks, such as QAnon.

Click here to read more about how we address movements and organizations tied to violence.

Policy Rationale

In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence to have a presence on Facebook. This includes organizations or individuals involved in the following:

  • Terrorist activity.
  • Organized hate.
  • Mass murder (including attempts) or multiple murders.
  • Human trafficking.
  • Organized violence or criminal activity.

We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders or individuals involved in these activities. Learn more about our work to fight terrorism online here.

We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence (for example, have an account, Page, Group) on our platform:

Terrorist organizations and terrorists, which include:

  • Any non-state actor that:
    • Engages in, advocates, or lends substantial support to purposive and planned acts of violence,
    • Which causes or attempts to cause death, injury or serious harm to civilians, or any other person not taking direct part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, and/or significant damage to property linked to death, serious injury or serious harm to civilians
    • With the intent to coerce, intimidate and/or influence a civilian population, government, or international organization
    • In order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.

Hate organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A hate organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is organized under a name, sign, or symbol and that has an ideology, statements, or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.

Mass and multiple murderers (including attempts)

  • We consider a homicide to be a mass murder if it results in three or more deaths in one incident
  • We consider an attempted mass murder to be one where an individual uses a weapon or vehicle to attempt mass harm in a public space or against more than one person
  • We consider any individual who has committed two or more murders over multiple incidents or locations a multiple murderer

Human trafficking groups and their leaders

  • Human trafficking groups are organizations responsible for any of the following:
    • Prostitution of others, forced/bonded labor, slavery, or the removal of organs
    • Recruiting, transporting, transferring, detaining, providing, harboring, or receiving a minor, or an adult against their will

Criminal organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A criminal organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including (but not limited to)
      • Homicide
      • Drug trafficking
      • Arms trafficking
      • Identity theft
      • Money laundering
      • Extortion or trafficking
      • Assault
      • Kidnapping
      • Sexual exploitation (covered in section 7 and section 8)

We do not allow symbols that represent any of the above organizations or individuals to be shared on our platform without context that condemns or neutrally discusses the content.

We do not allow content that praises any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow coordination of support for any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow content that praises, supports, or represents events that Facebook designates as terrorist attacks, hate events, mass murders or attempted mass murders, serial murders, hate crimes and violating events.

We do not allow the following groups to maintain a Page, Group, Event or IG profile on our platform, or to have one maintained on their behalf. The Admins of these Pages, Groups and Events will also be removed:

  • Militarized Social Movements (MSM), such as militias or groups that support and organize violent acts amid protests.
  • Violence-Inducing Conspiracy Networks, such as QAnon.

Click here to read more about how we address movements and organizations tied to violence.

Click here to read more about how we address movements and organizations tied to violence.

Policy Rationale

In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence to have a presence on Facebook. This includes organizations or individuals involved in the following:

  • Terrorist activity.
  • Organized hate.
  • Mass murder (including attempts) or multiple murders.
  • Human trafficking.
  • Organized violence or criminal activity.

We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders or individuals involved in these activities. Learn more about our work to fight terrorism online here.

We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence (for example, have an account, Page, Group) on our platform:

Terrorist organizations and terrorists, which include:

  • Any non-state actor that:
    • Engages in, advocates, or lends substantial support to purposive and planned acts of violence,
    • Which causes or attempts to cause death, injury or serious harm to civilians, or any other person not taking direct part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, and/or significant damage to property linked to death, serious injury or serious harm to civilians
    • With the intent to coerce, intimidate and/or influence a civilian population, government, or international organization
    • In order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.

Hate organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A hate organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is organized under a name, sign, or symbol and that has an ideology, statements, or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.

Mass and multiple murderers (including attempts)

  • We consider a homicide to be a mass murder if it results in three or more deaths in one incident
  • We consider an attempted mass murder to be one where an individual uses a weapon or vehicle to attempt mass harm in a public space or against more than one person
  • We consider any individual who has committed two or more murders over multiple incidents or locations a multiple murderer

Human trafficking groups and their leaders

  • Human trafficking groups are organizations responsible for any of the following:
    • Prostitution of others, forced/bonded labor, slavery, or the removal of organs
    • Recruiting, transporting, transferring, detaining, providing, harboring, or receiving a minor, or an adult against their will

Criminal organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A criminal organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including (but not limited to)
      • Homicide
      • Drug trafficking
      • Arms trafficking
      • Identity theft
      • Money laundering
      • Extortion or trafficking
      • Assault
      • Kidnapping
      • Sexual exploitation (covered in section 7 and section 8)

We do not allow symbols that represent any of the above organizations or individuals to be shared on our platform without context that condemns or neutrally discusses the content.

We do not allow content that praises any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow coordination of support for any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow content that praises, supports, or represents events that Facebook designates as terrorist attacks, hate events, mass murders or attempted mass murders, serial murders,hate crimes and violating events.or mass shootings.

Policy Rationale

In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence to have a presence on Facebook. This includes organizations or individuals involved in the following:

  • Terrorist activity.
  • Organized hate.
  • Mass murder (including attempts) or multiple murders.
  • Human trafficking.
  • Organized violence or criminal activity.

We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders or individuals involved in these activities. Learn more about our work to fight terrorism online here.

We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence (for example, have an account, Page or Group) on our platform:

Terrorist organizations and terrorists, which include:

  • Any non-state actor that:
    • Engages in, advocates or lends substantial support to purposive and planned acts of violence.
    • Which causes or attempts to cause death, injury or serious harm to civilians, or any other person not taking direct part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, and/or significant damage to property linked to death, serious injury or serious harm to civilians.
    • With the intent to coerce, intimidate and/or influence a civilian population, government, or international organization.
    • In order to achieve a political, religious or ideological aim.

Hate organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A hate organization is defined as:
    • Any association of 3 or more people that is organized under a name, sign, or symbol and that has an ideology, statements or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.

Mass and multiple murderers (including attempts)

  • We consider a homicide to be a mass murder if it results in 3 or more deaths in one incident.
  • We consider an attempted mass murder to be one where an individual uses a weapon or vehicle to attempt mass harm in a public space or against more than one person.
  • We consider any individual who has committed 2 or more murders over multiple incidents or locations a multiple murderer.

Human trafficking groups and their leaders

  • Human trafficking groups are organizations responsible for any of the following:
    • Prostitution of others, forced/bonded labor, slavery or the removal of organs.
    • Recruiting, transporting, transferring, detaining, providing, harboring or receiving a minor, or an adult against their will.

Criminal organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A criminal organization is defined as:
    • Any association of 3 or more people that is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including but not limited to:
      • Homicide.
      • Drug trafficking.
      • Arms trafficking.
      • Identity theft.
      • Money laundering.
      • Extortion or trafficking.
      • Assault.
      • Kidnapping.
      • Sexual exploitation (covered in section 7 and section 8).

We do not allow symbols that represent any of the above organizations or individuals to be shared on our platform without context that condemns or neutrally discusses the content.

We do not allow content that praises any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow coordination of support for any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow content that praises, supports, or represents events that Facebook designates as terrorist attacks, hate events, mass murders or attempted mass murders, serial murders, hate crimes and violating events.

We do not allow the following groups to maintain a Page, Group, Event or Instagram profile on our platform, or to have one maintained on their behalf. The admins of these Pages, Groups and Events will also be removed:

  • Militarized Social Movements (MSM), such as militias or groups that support and organize violent acts amid protests.
  • Violence-Inducing Conspiracy Networks, such as QAnon.

Click here to read more about how we address movements and organizations tied to violence.

In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence, from having a presence on Facebook. This includes organizations or individuals involved in the following:

  • Terrorist activity
  • Organized hate
  • Mass murder (including attempts)serial or multiple murder
  • Human trafficking
  • Organized violence or criminal activity

We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders, or individuals involved in these activities. Learn more about our work to fight terrorism online here.

We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence (for example, have an account, Page, Group) on our platform:

Terrorist organizations and terrorists, which include:

  • Any non-state actor that:
    • Engages in, advocates, or lends substantial support to purposive and planned acts of violence,
    • Which causes or attempts to cause death, injury or serious harm to civilians, or any other person not taking direct part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, and/or significant damage to property linked to death, serious injury or serious harm to civilians
    • With the intent to coerce, intimidate and/or influence a civilian population, government, or international organization
    • In order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.

Hate organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A hate organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is organized under a name, sign, or symbol and that has an ideology, statements, or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.

Mass and serialmultiple murderers (including attempts)

  • We consider a homicide to be a mass murder if it results in fourthree or more deaths in one incident
  • We consider an attempted mass murder to be one where an individual uses a weapon or vehicle to attempt mass harm in a public space or against more than one person
  • We consider any individual who has committed two or more murders over multiple incidents or locations a serialmultiple murderer
  • We make these assessments based upon the information available to us and will generally apply this policy to a mass or serial murderer who meets any of the following criteria:
    • They were convicted of mass or serial murder.
    • They were killed by law enforcement during commission of the mass or serial murder or during subsequent flight.
    • They killed themselves at the scene or in the aftermath of the mass or serial murder.
    • They were identified by law enforcement with images from the crime.

Human trafficking groups and their leaders

  • Human trafficking groups are organizations responsible for any of the following:
    • Prostitution of others, forced/bonded labor, slavery, or the removal of organs
    • Recruiting, transporting, transferring, detaining, providing, harboring, or receiving a minor, or an adult against their will

Criminal organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A criminal organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including (but not limited to)
      • Homicide
      • Drug trafficking
      • Arms trafficking
      • Identity theft
      • Money laundering
      • Extortion or trafficking
      • Assault
      • Kidnapping
      • Sexual exploitation (covered in section 7 and section 8)

We do not allow symbols that represent any of the above organizations or individuals to be shared on our platform without context that condemns or neutrally discusses the content.

We do not allow content that praises any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow coordination of support for any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence (for example, have an account, Page, Group) on our platform:

Terrorist organizations and terrorists, which include:1

  • A terrorist organization is defined as:
    • Any non-governmental organization that engages in premeditated acts of violence against persons or property to intimidate a civilian population, government, or international organization in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim
  • A member of a terrorist organization or any person who commits a terrorist act is considered a terrorist
    • A terrorist act is defined as a premeditated act of violence against persons or property carried out by a non-government actor to intimidate a civilian population, government, or international organization in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.
  • Any non-state actor that:
    • Engages in, advocates, or lends substantial support to purposive and planned acts of violence,
    • Which causes or attempts to cause death, injury or serious harm to civilians, or any other person not taking direct part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, and/or significant damage to property linked to death, serious injury or serious harm to civilians
    • With the intent to coerce, intimidate and/or influence a civilian population, government, or international organization
    • In order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.

Hate organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A hate organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is organized under a name, sign, or symbol and that has an ideology, statements, or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.

Mass and serial murderers

  • We consider a homicide to be a mass murder if it results in four or more deaths in one incident
  • We consider any individual who has committed two or more murders over multiple incidents or locations a serial murderer
  • We make these assessments based upon the information available to us and will generally apply this policy to a mass or serial murderer who meets any of the following criteria:
    • They were convicted of mass or serial murder.
    • They were killed by law enforcement during commission of the mass or serial murder or during subsequent flight.
    • They killed themselves at the scene or in the aftermath of the mass or serial murder.
    • They were identified by law enforcement with images from the crime.

Human trafficking groups and their leaders

  • Human trafficking groups are organizations responsible for any of the following:
    • Prostitution of others, forced/bonded labor, slavery, or the removal of organs
    • Recruiting, transporting, transferring, detaining, providing, harboring, or receiving a minor, or an adult against their will

Criminal organizations and their leaders and prominent members

  • A criminal organization is defined as:
    • Any association of three or more people that is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including (but not limited to)
      • Homicide
      • Drug trafficking
      • Arms trafficking
      • Identity theft
      • Money laundering
      • Extortion or trafficking
      • Assault
      • Kidnapping
      • Sexual exploitation (covered in section 7 and section 8)

We do not allow symbols that represent any of the above organizations or individuals to be shared on our platform without context that condemns or neutrally discusses the content.

We do not allow content that praises any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

We do not allow coordination of support for any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.

1We've updated how we define terrorist organizations in order to provide more clarity around our guidelines. The revised definition still focuses on behavior, not ideology and recognizes that the threat of violence, and the intention to coerce and intimidate particularly civilian populations to achieve a political or ideological agenda, are equally critical when considering what terrorism is. More detail on our updated definition and recent efforts to combat hate and extremism are available here.

Policy Rationale

In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we do not allow any organizations or individuals that are engaged in the following to have a presence on Facebook:that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence, from having a presence on Facebook. This includes organizations or individuals involved n the following:

  • Terrorist activity
  • Organized hate
  • Mass or serial murder
  • Human trafficking
  • Organized violence or criminal activity

We also remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders, or individuals involved in these activities.

We updated the rationale for our dangerous individuals & organizations policy to clarify our position. We have always taken a definitional approach to groups banned under this policy - we don't want to be a platform that enables or contributes to violence, so we prohibit those who proclaim a violent mission or are engaging in violence from maintaining a presence on Facebook.

This change did not prompt a change in enforcement. That said, it is worth noting that while our policy against dangerous individuals & organizations remains the same, we regularly evaluate individuals, organizations, domains, events and bands that may be dangerous and designate them accordingly.

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.