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Policy Rationale

We believe that people use their voice and connect more freely when they don’t feel attacked on the basis of who they are. That is why we don’t allow hate speech on Facebook. It creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion, and in some cases may promote offline violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack against people on the basis of what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and serious disease. We define attacks as violent or dehumanizing speech, harmful stereotypes, statements of inferiority, expressions of contempt, disgust or dismissal, cursing and calls for exclusion or segregation. We consider age a protected characteristic when referenced along with another protected characteristic. We also protect refugees, migrants, immigrants and asylum seekers from the most severe attacks, though we do allow commentary and criticism of immigration policies. Similarly, we provide some protections for characteristics like occupation, when they’re referenced along with a protected characteristic.

We recognize that people sometimes share content that includes someone else’s hate speech to condemn it or raise awareness. In other cases, speech that might otherwise violate our standards can be used self-referentially or in an empowering way. Our policies are designed to allow room for these types of speech, but we require people to clearly indicate their intent. If the intention is unclear, we may remove content.

Learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form) to or about:
    • Insects.
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior.
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces.
    • Sexual predator.
    • Subhumanity.
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “All [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”).
    • Statements denying existence.
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image.
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form) that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures.
    • Black people and farm equipment.
    • Caricatures of Black people in the form of blackface.
    • Jewish people and rats.
    • Jewish people running the world or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government.
    • Denying or distorting information about the Holocaust.
    • Muslim people and pigs.
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs.
    • Mexican people and worm-like creatures.
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or "objects".
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as "it".
    • Dalits, scheduled caste or ‘lower caste’ people as menial laborers.

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly.
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous.
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots.
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated.
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane.
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Character traits culturally perceived as negative, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant.
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts.
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless.
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal.
  • Expressions of contempt (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist.
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist.
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate.
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up.
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck.
  • Cursing, defined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole.
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker.
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia, anus, feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit.

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Segregation in the form of calls for action, statements of intent, aspirational or conditional statements, or statements advocating or supporting segregation.
  • Exclusion in the form of calls for action, statements of intent, aspirational or conditional statements, or statements advocating or supporting, defined as
    • Explicit exclusion, which means things like expelling certain groups or saying they are not allowed.
    • Political exclusion, which means denying the right to right to political participation.
    • Economic exclusion, which means denying access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market.
    • Social exclusion, which means things like denying access to spaces (physical and online)and social services.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words that are inherently offensive and used as insulting labels for the above characteristics.

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

Do not post:

  • Content explicitly providing or offering to provide products or services that aim to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Policy Rationale

We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.

We believe that people use their voice and connect more freely when they don’t feel attacked on the basis of who they are. That’s why we don’t allow hate speech on Facebook. It creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion, and in some cases may promote offline violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We protect against attacks on the basis of age when age is paired with another protected characteristic, and also provide certain protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech,harmful stereotypes, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.

We define hate speech as a direct attack against people on the basis of what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and serious disease. We define attacks as violent or dehumanizing speech, harmful stereotypes, statements of inferiority, expressions of contempt, disgust or dismissal, cursing, and calls for exclusion or segregation. We consider age a protected characteristic when referenced along with another protected characteristic. We also protect refugees, migrants, immigrants and asylum seekers from the most severe attacks, though we do allow commentary and criticism of immigration policies. Similarly, we provide some protections for characteristics like occupation, when they’re referenced along with a protected characteristic.

We recognize that people sometimes share content that includes someone else’s hate speech to condemn it or raise awareness. In other cases, speech that might otherwise violate our standards can be used self-referentially or in an empowering way. Our policies are designed to allow room for these types of speech, but we require people to clearly indicate their intent. If intention is unclear, we may remove content.

Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. In some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. People sometimes express contempt in the context of a romantic break-up. Other times, they use gender-exclusive language to control membership in a health or positive support group, such as a breastfeeding group for women only. In all of these cases, we allow the content but expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.

In addition, we believe that people are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary using their authentic identity.

Learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Click here to read our Hard Questions Blog and learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form) to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “All [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form)- that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Caricatures of Black people in the form of blackface
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Jewish people running the world or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government
    • Denying or distorting information about the Holocaust
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or "objects"
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as "it"
    • Dalits, scheduled caste or ‘lower caste’ people as menial laborers

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Character traits culturally perceived as negative, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, defined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia, anus, feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Segregation in the form of calls for action, statements of intent, aspirational or conditional statements, or statements advocating or supporting segregation.
  • Exclusion in the form of calls for action, statements of intent, aspirational or conditional statements, or statements advocating or supporting, defined as
    • Explicit exclusion, which means things like expelling certain groups or saying they’re not allowed.
    • Political exclusion, which means denying the right to right to political participation.
    • Economic exclusion, which means denying access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market;
    • Social exclusion, which means things like denying access to spaces (physical and online)and social services

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words that are inherently offensive and used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

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

Do not post:

  • Content explicitly providing or offering to provide products or services that aim to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form) to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “All [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form)- that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Caricatures of Black people in the form of blackface
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Jewish people running the world or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government
    • Denying or distorting information about the Holocaust
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or "objects"
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as "it"

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Character traits culturally perceived as negative, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, defined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia, anus, feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words that are inherently offensive and used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

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

Do not post:

  • Content explicitly providing or offering to provide products or services that aim to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity

Policy Rationale

We believe that people use their voice and connect more freely when they don’t feel attacked on the basis of who they are. That is why we don’t allow hate speech on Facebook. It creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion, and in some cases may promote offline violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack against people on the basis of what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and serious disease. We define attacks as violent or dehumanizing speech, harmful stereotypes, statements of inferiority, expressions of contempt, disgust or dismissal, cursing and calls for exclusion or segregation. We consider age a protected characteristic when referenced along with another protected characteristic. We also protect refugees, migrants, immigrants and asylum seekers from the most severe attacks, though we do allow commentary and criticism of immigration policies. Similarly, we provide some protections for characteristics like occupation, when they’re referenced along with a protected characteristic.

We recognize that people sometimes share content that includes someone else’s hate speech to condemn it or raise awareness. In other cases, speech that might otherwise violate our standards can be used self-referentially or in an empowering way. Our policies are designed to allow room for these types of speech, but we require people to clearly indicate their intent. If the intention is unclear, we may remove content.

Learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form) to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “All [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form)- that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Caricatures of Black people in the form of blackface
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Jewish people running the world or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government
    • Denying or distorting information about the Holocaust
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or "objects"
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as "it"

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Character traits culturally perceived as negative, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, defined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia, anus, feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words that are inherently offensive and used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Today we are updating our hate speech policy to prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust. Our decision is supported by the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people. For more on this policy update, read our newsroom post on the subject:https://about.fb.com/news/2020/10/removing-holocaust-denial-content/

Policy Rationale

We believe that people use their voice and connect more freely when they don’t feel attacked on the basis of who they are. That is why we don’t allow hate speech on Facebook. It creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion, and in some cases may promote offline violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack against people on the basis of what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and serious disease. We define attacks as violent or dehumanizing speech, harmful stereotypes, statements of inferiority, expressions of contempt, disgust or dismissal, cursing and calls for exclusion or segregation. We consider age a protected characteristic when referenced along with another protected characteristic. We also protect refugees, migrants, immigrants and asylum seekers from the most severe attacks, though we do allow commentary and criticism of immigration policies. Similarly, we provide some protections for characteristics like occupation, when they’re referenced along with a protected characteristic.

We recognize that people sometimes share content that includes someone else’s hate speech to condemn it or raise awareness. In other cases, speech that might otherwise violate our standards can be used self-referentially or in an empowering way. Our policies are designed to allow room for these types of speech, but we require people to clearly indicate their intent. If the intention is unclear, we may remove content.

Learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form) to or about:
    • Insects.
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior.
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces.
    • Sexual predator.
    • Subhumanity.
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “All [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”).
    • Statements denying existence.
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image.
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form) that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures.
    • Black people and farm equipment.
    • Caricatures of Black people in the form of blackface.
    • Jewish people and rats.
    • Jewish people running the world or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government.
    • Denying or distorting information about the Holocaust.
    • Muslim people and pigs.
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs.
    • Mexican people and worm-like creatures.
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or "objects".
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as "it".
    • Dalits, scheduled caste or ‘lower caste’ people as menial laborers.

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly.
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous.
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots.
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated.
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane.
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Character traits culturally perceived as negative, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant.
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts.
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless.
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal.
  • Expressions of contempt (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist.
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist.
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate.
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up.
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck.
  • Cursing, defined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole.
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker.
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia, anus, feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit.

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Segregation in the form of calls for action, statements of intent, aspirational or conditional statements, or statements advocating or supporting segregation.
  • Exclusion in the form of calls for action, statements of intent, aspirational or conditional statements, or statements advocating or supporting, defined as
    • Explicit exclusion, which means things like expelling certain groups or saying they are not allowed.
    • Political exclusion, which means denying the right to right to political participation.
    • Economic exclusion, which means denying access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market.
    • Social exclusion, which means things like denying access to spaces (physical and online)and social services.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words that are inherently offensive and used as insulting labels for the above characteristics.

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

Do not post:

  • Content explicitly providing or offering to provide products or services that aim to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Policy Rationale

We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We protect against attacks on the basis of age when age is paired with another protected characteristic, and also provide certain protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech,harmful stereotypes, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.

Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. In some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. People sometimes express contempt in the context of a romantic break-up. Other times, they use gender-exclusive language to control membership in a health or positive support group, such as a breastfeeding group for women only. In all of these cases, we allow the content but expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.

In addition, we believe that people are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary using their authentic identity.

Click here to read our Hard Questions Blog and learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Do not:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form) to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “All [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form)- that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Caricatures of black people in the form of blackface
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Jewish people running the world or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or "objects"
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as "it"

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Character traits culturally perceived as negative, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust (in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, defined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia, anus, feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

¹ While our hate speech policies apply equally to all people, we recognize that statements about specific groups of people may pose unique harm because of the way they’ve historically been used to attack, intimidate or exclude – for example, comparing black people to monkeys or farm equipment, or Jewish people to rats. In this vein, we are strengthening our policies to go beyond dehumanizing comparisons and also ban certain kinds of harmful stereotypes that have historically been used to attack, intimidate or exclude specific groups. We are in the process of identifying the specific stereotypes that most often show up on Facebook and Instagram so that we can establish a clearly defined list of harmful stereotypes that we will remove globally, and will begin by banning: 1) blackface, which is part of a history of dehumanization, denied citizenship and efforts to excuse and justify state violence; and 2) stereotypes about the power of Jews as a collective in the form of Jewish people running the world or controlling its major institutions, which reflect hatred toward Jews. This type of content has always gone against the spirit of our hate speech policies, but writing a policy to capture this content equitably and at scale has proven difficult. The challenges remain, but we are committed to doing the right thing and are attempting to close the gap between the letter and the spirit of our policy.

Policy Rationale

We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We protect against attacks on the basis of age when age is paired with another protected characteristic, and also provide certain protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.

Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. In some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. People sometimes express contempt in the context of a romantic break-up. Other times, they use gender-exclusive language to control membership in a health or positive support group, such as a breastfeeding group for women only. In all of these cases, we allow the content but expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.

In addition, we believe that people are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary using their authentic identity.

Click here to read our Hard Questions Blog and learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form) to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “aAll [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form)- that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or "objects"
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as "it"

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Character traits culturally perceived as negative Culturally perceived negative character trait, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent(in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent(in written or visual form), which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, defined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Policy Rationale

We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We protect against attacks on the basis of age when age is paired with another protected characteristic, and also provide certain protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.

Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. In some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. People sometimes express contempt in the context of a romantic break-up. Other times, they use gender-exclusive language to control membership in a health or positive support group, such as a breastfeeding group for women only. In all of these cases, we allow the content but expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.

We allow humor and social commentary related to these topics. In addition, we believe that people are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary using their authentic identity.

Click here to read our Hard Questions Blog and learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form)- that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or 'objects'
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as 'it'

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Culturally perceived negative character trait, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, defined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Policy Rationale

We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We protect against attacks on the basis of age when age is paired with another protected characteristic, andWe also provide certain some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.

Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. In some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. People sometimes express contempt in the context of a romantic break-up. Other times, they use gender-exclusive language to control membership in a health or positive support group, such as a breastfeeding group for women only. In all of these cases, we allow the content but expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.

We allow humor and social commentary related to these topics. In addition, we believe that people are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary using their authentic identity.

Click here to read our Hard Questions Blog and learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form)- that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or 'objects'
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as 'it'

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Culturally perceived negative character trait, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, defined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form) - that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or 'objects'
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as 'it'

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Culturally perceived negative character trait, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, suchdefined as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
    • Statements denying existence
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or behavioral statements (in written or visual form) - that include:
    • Black people and apes or ape-like creatures
    • Black people and farm equipment
    • Jewish people and rats
    • Muslim people and pigs
    • Muslim person and sexual relations with goats or pigs
    • Mexican people and worm like creatures
    • Women as household objects or referring to women as property or 'objects'
    • Transgender or non-binary people referred to as 'it'

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Culturally perceived negative character trait, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, such as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Do not post:

Tier 1

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery in the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form).

Tier 2

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Generalizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Culturally perceived negative character trait, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing, such as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Under our hate speech policies, we prohibit attacks, including generalizations, based on a person's protected or quasi-protected characteristics. The line between generalizations about a person or group of people and statements about their behavior, however, isn't always clear. The refinements you see here are an attempt to distinguish between generalizations and statements about behavior. For more information about the policy proposal adopted (and the options that were considered but not adopted), see here.

Do not post:

Tier 1attacks, which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses), where attack is defined as

Content targeting a person or group of people (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status with:

  • Any Violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery such as reference or comparison toin the form of comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements to or about:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons in both written and visual form, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form).

Tier 2attacks, which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with:

  • Statements of inferiority or an image implying a person's or a group's physical, mental, or moral deficiencyGeneralizations that state inferiority (in written or visual form) in the following ways:
    • Physical deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Culturally perceived negative character trait, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics, such as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

Tier 3attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics, where exclusion is defined as:

Content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their protected characteristic(s) with any of the following:

  • Calls for segregation
  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Do not post:

Tier 1 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses), where attack is defined as

  • Any violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech such as reference or comparison to:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons in both written and visual form

Tier 2 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as

  • Statements of inferiority or an image implying a person's or a group's physical, mental, or moral deficiency
    • Physical (including but not limited to “deformed,” “undeveloped,” “hideous,” “ugly”)deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Hygiene, including but not limited to: filthy, dirty, smelly
      • Physical appearance, including but not limited to: ugly, hideous
    • Mental (including but not limited to “retarded,” “cretin,” “low IQ,” “stupid,” “idiot”)deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Intellectual capacity, including but not limited to: dumb, stupid, idiots
      • Education, including but not limited to: illiterate, uneducated
      • Mental health, including but not limited to: mentally ill, retarded, crazy, insane
    • Moral (including but not limited to “slutty,” “fraud,” “cheap,” “free riders”)deficiencies are defined as those about:
      • Culturally perceived negative character trait, including but not limited to: coward, liar, arrogant, ignorant
      • Derogatory terms related to sexual activity, including but not limited to: whore, slut, perverts
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to)
    • "I hate"
    • "I don't like"
    • "X are the worst"
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to)
    • "Gross"
    • "Vile"
    • "Disgusting"
    • Cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics

  • Other statements of inferiority, which we define as:
    • Expressions about being less than adequate, including but not limited to: worthless, useless
    • Expressions about being better/worse than another protected characteristic, including but not limited to: "I believe that males are superior to females."
    • Expressions about deviating from the norm, including but not limited to: freaks, abnormal
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Self-admission to intolerance on the basis of a protected characteristics, including but not limited to: homophobic, islamophobic, racist
    • Expressions that a protected characteristic shouldn't exist
    • Expressions of hate, including but not limited to: despise, hate
  • Expressions of dismissal, including but not limited to: don´t respect, don't like, don´t care for
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, which we define as:
    • Expressions that suggest the target causes sickness, including but not limited to: vomit, throw up
    • Expressions of repulsion or distaste, including but not limited to: vile, disgusting, yuck
  • Cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics, such as:
    • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole
    • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker
    • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

For more information on the refinements we made to Tier 2 of our hate speech policies, read through the notes from the meeting where the policy proposal was discussed and adopted.

Tier 3 attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics, where exclusion is defined as:

  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Do not post:

Tier 1 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses), where attack is defined as

  • Any violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech such as reference or comparison to:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons in both written and visual form

Tier 2 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as

  • Statements of inferiority or an image implying a person's or a group's physical, mental, or moral deficiency
    • Physical (including but not limited to “deformed,” “undeveloped,” “hideous,” “ugly”)
    • Mental (including but not limited to “retarded,” “cretin,” “low IQ,” “stupid,” “idiot”)
    • Moral (including but not limited to “slutty,” “fraud,” “cheap,” “free riders”)
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to)
    • "I hate"
    • "I don't like"
    • "X are the worst"
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to)
    • "Gross"
    • "Vile"
    • "Disgusting"
    • Cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics

Tier 3 attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics, where exclusion is defined as:

  • Explicit Exclusion which includes but is not limited to "expel" or "not allowed".
  • Political Exclusion defined as denial of right to political participation.
  • Economic Exclusion defined as denial of access to economic entitlements and limiting participation in the labour market,
  • Social Exclusion defined as including but not limited to denial of opportunity to gain access to spaces (incl. online) and social services.

We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Policy Rationale

We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.

Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. SimilarlyIin some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way. People sometimes express contempt in the context of a romantic break-up. Other times, they use gender-exclusive language to control membership in a health or positive support group, such as a breastfeeding group for women only. In all of these cases,When this is the case, we allow the content but expect people to clearly indicate their intent, which helps us better understand why they shared it. Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.

We allow humor and social commentary related to these topics. In addition, we believe that people are more responsible when they share this kind of commentary using their authentic identity.

Click here to read our Hard Questions Blog and learn more about our approach to hate speech.

Policy Rationale

We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disability or disease. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, and calls for exclusion or segregation. Attacks are separated into three tiers of severity, described below.

Do not post:

Tier 1 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses), where attack is defined as

  • Any violent speech or support in written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery including (but not limited to):
    • Reference or comparison to filth, bacteria, disease, or feces
    • Reference or comparison to animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Reference or comparison to subhumanity
  • Dehumanizing speech such as reference or comparison to:
    • Insects
    • Animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Filth, bacteria, disease and feces
    • Sexual predator
    • Subhumanity
    • Violent and sexual criminals
    • Other criminals (including but not limited to “thieves,” “bank robbers,” or saying “all [protected characteristic or quasi-protected characteristic] are ‘criminals’”)
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons in both written and visual form

Tier 2 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as

  • Statements of inferiority or an image implying a person's or a group's physical, mental, or moral deficiency
    • Physical (including but not limited to “deformed,” “undeveloped,” “hideous,” “ugly”)
    • Mental (including but not limited to “retarded,” “cretin,” “low IQ,” “stupid,” “idiot”)
    • Moral (including but not limited to “slutty,” “fraud,” “cheap,” “free riders”)
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to)
    • "I hate"
    • "I don't like"
    • "X are the worst"
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to)
    • "Gross"
    • "Vile"
    • "Disgusting"
    • Cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics

Tier 3 attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics. We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

Do not post:

Tier 1 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share one of the above-listed characteristics or immigration status (including all subsets except those described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses), where attack is defined as

  • Any violent speech or support for death/disease/harmin written or visual form
  • Dehumanizing speech or imagery including (but not limited to):
    • Reference or comparison to filth, bacteria, disease, or feces
    • Reference or comparison to animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior
    • Reference or comparison to subhumanity
  • Mocking the concept, events or victims of hate crimes even if no real person is depicted in an image
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons in both written and visual form

Tier 2 attacks, which target a person or group of people who share any of the above-listed characteristics, where attack is defined as

  • Statements of inferiority or an image implying a person's or a group's physical, mental, or moral deficiency
    • Physical (including but not limited to “deformed,” “undeveloped,” “hideous,” “ugly”)
    • Mental (including but not limited to “retarded,” “cretin,” “low IQ,” “stupid,” “idiot”)
    • Moral (including but not limited to “slutty,” “fraud,” “cheap,” “free riders”)
  • Expressions of contempt or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to)
    • "I hate"
    • "I don't like"
    • "X are the worst"
  • Expressions of disgust or their visual equivalent, including (but not limited to)
    • "Gross"
    • "Vile"
    • "Disgusting"
    • Cursing at a person or group of people who share protected characteristics

Tier 3 attacks, which are calls to exclude or segregate a person or group of people based on the above-listed characteristics. We do allow criticism of immigration policies and arguments for restricting those policies.

Content that describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words commonly used as insulting labels for the above-listed characteristics.

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.