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Policy Rationale

We recognize the importance of Facebook as a place to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. In an effort to create space for this conversation and promote a safe environment, we allow victims to share their experiences, but remove content that depicts, threatens or promotes sexual violence, sexual assault, or sexual exploitation. We also remove content that displays, advocates for or coordinates sexual acts with non-consenting parties to avoid facilitating non-consensual sexual acts.

To protect victims and survivors, we remove images that depict incidents of sexual violence and intimate images shared without the consent of the person(s) pictured. As noted in the introduction, we also work with external safety experts to discuss and improve our policies and enforcement around online safety issues, and we may remove content when they provide information that content is linked to harmful activity. We have written about the technology we use to protect against intimate images and the research that has informed our work. We’ve also put together a guide to reporting and removing intimate images shared without your consent.

Do not post:

In instances where content consists of any form of non-consensual sexual touching, crushing, necrophilia or bestiality,or forced stripping, including:

  • Depictions (including real photos/videos), or
  • Advocacy (including aspirational and conditional statements), or
  • Statements of intent, or
  • Calls for action, or
  • Threatening, soliciting or stating an intent to share imagery, or
  • Admitting participation, or
  • Mocking victims of any of the above.

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Sextortion: Coercing money, favors or intimate imagery from people with threats to expose their intimate imagery or intimate information
  • Sharing, threatening, stating an intent to share, offering or asking for imagery known as "revenge porn" or “non-consensual intimate images” that fulfills all 3 of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting.
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity or in a sexual pose.
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by:
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments or page title).
      • Independent sources (for example, law enforcement record) including entertainment media (for example, leak of images confirmed by media).
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us.
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image.
  • Secretly taken non-commercial imagery of a real person's commonly sexualized body parts (breasts, groin, buttocks, or thighs) or of a real person engaged in sexual activity. This imagery is commonly known as "creepshots" or "upskirts" and includes photos or videos that mock, sexualize or expose the person depicted in the imagery.
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations that meets the following criteria:
    • Lack of consent is indicated by:
      • Vengeful context and/or threatening context, or
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us.
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image.

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

Narratives and statements that contain a depiction of non-consensual sexual touching (written or verbal) that includes details beyond mere naming or mentioning the act if:

  • Shared by the victim, or
  • Shared by a third party (other than the victim) in support of the victim or condemnation of the act or for general awareness to be determined by context/caption.

Content mocking the concept of non-consensual sexual touching

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

We may restrict visibility to people over the age of 18 and include a warning label on certain fictional videos (e.g., digital and hand-drawn imagery, film and TV show scenes, comic books, music videos) that depict non-consensual sexual touching.

In addition to our at-scale policy of removing content that threatens or advocates rape or other non-consensual sexual touching, we may also disable the posting account.

Policy Rationale

We recognize the importance of Facebook as a place to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We believe this is an important part of building common understanding and community. In an effort to create space for this conversation and promotewhile promoting a safe environment, we allow victims to share their experiences, butremove content that depicts, threatens or promotes sexual violence, sexual assault, or sexual exploitation, while also allowing space for victims to share their experiences. We alsoremove content that displays, advocates for, or coordinates sexual acts with non-consenting parties to avoid facilitating non-consensual sexual actsor commercial sexual services, such as prostitution and escort services. We do this to avoid facilitating transactions that may involve trafficking, coercion, and non-consensual sexual acts.

To protect victims and survivors, we also remove images that depict incidents of sexual violence and intimate images shared without the consent of the person(s)permission from the people pictured. As noted in the introduction, we also work with external safety experts to discuss and improve our policies and enforcement around online safety issues, and we may remove content when they provide information that content is linked to harmful activity. We’ve written about the technology we use to protect against intimate images and the research that has informed our work. We’ve also put together a guide to reporting and removing intimate images shared without your consent.

Do not post:

In instances where content consists of any form of non-consensual sexual touching, crushing, necrophilia or bestiality,or forced stripping, including:

  • Depictions (including real photos/videos), or
  • Advocacy (including aspirational and conditional statements), or
  • Statements of intent, or
  • Calls for action, or
  • Threatening, soliciting, or stating an intent to share imagery, or
  • Admitting participation, or
  • Mocking victims of any of the above

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Sextortion: Coercing money, favors, or intimate imagery from people with threats to expose their intimate imagery or intimate information
  • Sharing, threatening, stating an intent to share, offering or asking for imagery known as "Revenge Porn" or “Non-Consensual Intimate Images” that fulfills all three of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title)
      • Independent sources (for example, law enforcement record) including entertainment media (for example, leak of images confirmed by media)
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image
  • Secretly taken non-commercial imagery of a real person's commonly sexualized body parts (breasts, groin, buttocks, or thighs) or of a real person engaged in sexual activity. This imagery is commonly known as "creepshots" or "upskirts" and includes photos or videos that mocks, sexualizes or exposes the person depicted in the imagery.
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations that meets the following criteria:
    • Lack of consent is indicated by:
      • Vengeful context and/or threatening context, or
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image

Attempting to coordinate adult commercial sexual services or prostitution activities, such as requesting or offering or asking for rates for escort services and paid sexual fetish or domination services.

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

Narratives and statements that contain a depiction of non-consensual sexual touching (written or verbal) that includes details beyond mere naming or mentioning the act if:

  • Shared by the victim, or
  • Shared by a third party (other than the victim) in support of victim or condemnation of act or for general awareness to be determined by context/caption

Content mocking the concept of non-consensual sexual touching

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

We may restrict visibility to people over the age of 18 and include a warning label on certain fictional videos (e.g., digital and hand-drawn imagery, film and TV show scenes, comic books, music videos) that depict non-consensual sexual touching.

In addition to our at-scale policy of removing content that threatens or advocates rape or other non-consensual sexual touching, we may also disable the posting account.

The changes reflected here are organizational in nature. Facilitating prostitution is still prohibited under our Community Standards, but we have moved the prohibition to the Sexual Solicitation section.

Policy Rationale

We recognize the importance of Facebook as a place to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. In an effort to create space for this conversation and promote a safe environment, we allow victims to share their experiences, but remove content that depicts, threatens or promotes sexual violence, sexual assault, or sexual exploitation. We also remove content that displays, advocates for or coordinates sexual acts with non-consenting parties to avoid facilitating non-consensual sexual acts.

To protect victims and survivors, we remove images that depict incidents of sexual violence and intimate images shared without the consent of the person(s) pictured. As noted in the introduction, we also work with external safety experts to discuss and improve our policies and enforcement around online safety issues, and we may remove content when they provide information that content is linked to harmful activity. We have written about the technology we use to protect against intimate images and the research that has informed our work. We’ve also put together a guide to reporting and removing intimate images shared without your consent.

Do not post:

In instances where content consists of any form of non-consensual sexual touching, crushing, necrophilia or bestiality,or forced stripping, including:

  • Depictions (including real photos/videos), or
  • Advocacy (including aspirational and conditional statements), or
  • Statements of intent, or
  • Calls for action, or
  • Threatening, soliciting, or stating an intent to share imagery, or
  • Participation by yourself or others to engage in any form of the above mentioned sexual acts.
  • Admitting participation, or
  • Mocking victims of any of the above

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Coercing money, favors, or images from people by threats of exposure of their naked or semi-naked photos/videos
  • Sharing, threatening, stating an intent to share, offering or asking for imagery known as "Revenge Porn" or “Non-Consensual Intimate Images” that fulfills all three of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title)
      • Independent sources (for example, law enforcement record) including entertainment media (for example, leak of images confirmed by media)
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image
  • Secretly taken imagery of a real person's commonly sexualized body parts such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks or of a real person engaged in sexual activity. This imagery is commonly known as "creepshots" or "upskirts" and includes photos or videos:
  • Secretly taken non-commercial imagery of a real person's commonly sexualized body parts (breasts, groin, buttocks, or thighs) or of a real person engaged in sexual activity. This imagery is commonly known as "creepshots" or "upskirts" and includes photos or videos that mocks, sexualizes or exposes the person depicted in the imagery.
    • Threatening or stating an intent to share intimate imagery without consent
    • Soliciting intimate imagery to view or share without consent
    • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations that meets the following criteria:
      • Lack of consent is indicated by:
        • Vengeful context and/or threatening context, or
        • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
        • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image

Attempting to coordinate adult commercial sexual services or prostitution activities, such as requesting or offering or asking for rates for escort services and paid sexual fetish or domination services.

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

Narratives and statements that contain a depiction of non-consensual sexual touching (written or verbal) that includes details beyond mere naming or mentioning the act if:

  • Shared by the victim, or
  • Shared by a third party (other than the victim) in support of victim or condemnation of act or for general awareness to be determined by context/caption
  • Content mocking the concept of non-consensual sexual touching

Policy Rationale

We recognize the importance of Facebook as a place to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. In an effort to create space for this conversation and promote a safe environment, we allow victims to share their experiences, but remove content that depicts, threatens or promotes sexual violence, sexual assault, or sexual exploitation. We also remove content that displays, advocates for or coordinates sexual acts with non-consenting parties to avoid facilitating non-consensual sexual acts.

To protect victims and survivors, we remove images that depict incidents of sexual violence and intimate images shared without the consent of the person(s) pictured. As noted in the introduction, we also work with external safety experts to discuss and improve our policies and enforcement around online safety issues, and we may remove content when they provide information that content is linked to harmful activity. We have written about the technology we use to protect against intimate images and the research that has informed our work. We’ve also put together a guide to reporting and removing intimate images shared without your consent.

Do not post:

In instances where content consists of any form of non-consensual sexual touching, crushing, necrophilia or bestiality,or forced stripping, including:

  • Depictions (including real photos/videos), or
  • Advocacy (including aspirational and conditional statements), or
  • Statements of intent, or
  • Calls for action, or
  • Threatening, soliciting, or stating an intent to share imagery, or
  • Admitting participation, or
  • Mocking victims of any of the above

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Sextortion: Coercing money, favors, or intimate imageryimages from people by threats of exposure of their intimate imagery or intimate informationnaked or semi-naked photos/videos
  • Sharing, threatening, stating an intent to share, offering or asking for imagery known as "Revenge Porn" or “Non-Consensual Intimate Images” that fulfills all three of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title)
      • Independent sources (for example, law enforcement record) including entertainment media (for example, leak of images confirmed by media)
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image
  • Secretly taken non-commercial imagery of a real person's commonly sexualized body parts (breasts, groin, buttocks, or thighs) or of a real person engaged in sexual activity. This imagery is commonly known as "creepshots" or "upskirts" and includes photos or videos that mocks, sexualizes or exposes the person depicted in the imagery.
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations that meets the following criteria:
    • Lack of consent is indicated by:
      • Vengeful context and/or threatening context, or
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image

Attempting to coordinate adult commercial sexual services or prostitution activities, such as requesting or offering or asking for rates for escort services and paid sexual fetish or domination services.

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

Narratives and statements that contain a depiction of non-consensual sexual touching (written or verbal) that includes details beyond mere naming or mentioning the act if:

  • Shared by the victim, or
  • Shared by a third party (other than the victim) in support of victim or condemnation of act or for general awareness to be determined by context/caption

Content mocking the concept of non-consensual sexual touching

Policy Rationale

We recognize the importance of Facebook as a place to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. In an effort to create space for this conversation and promote a safe environment, we allow victims to share their experiences, but remove content that depicts, threatens or promotes sexual violence, sexual assault, or sexual exploitation. We also remove content that displays, advocates for or coordinates sexual acts with non-consenting parties to avoid facilitating non-consensual sexual acts.

To protect victims and survivors, we remove images that depict incidents of sexual violence and intimate images shared without the consent of the person(s) pictured. As noted in the introduction, we also work with external safety experts to discuss and improve our policies and enforcement around online safety issues, and we may remove content when they provide information that content is linked to harmful activity. We have written about the technology we use to protect against intimate images and the research that has informed our work. We’ve also put together a guide to reporting and removing intimate images shared without your consent.

Do not post:

In instances where content consists of any form of non-consensual sexual touching, crushing, necrophilia or bestiality, including:

  • Depictions (including real photos/videos), or
  • Advocacy (including aspirational and conditional statements), or
  • Statements of intent, or
  • Calls for action, or
  • Threatening, soliciting, or stating an intent to share imagery, or
  • Participation by yourself or others to engage in any form of the above mentioned sexual acts.

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Coercing money, favors, or images from people by threats of exposure of their naked or semi-naked photos/videos
  • Sharing imagery known as "Revenge Porn" that fulfills all three of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title)
      • Independent sources (for example, law enforcement record) including entertainment media (for example, leak of images confirmed by media)
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image
  • Secretly taken imagery of a real person's commonly sexualized body parts such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks or of a real person engaged in sexual activity. This imagery is commonly known as "creepshots" or "upskirts" and includes photos or videos:
    • Threatening or stating an intent to share intimate imagery without consent
    • Soliciting intimate imagery to view or share without consent
    • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations that meets the following criteria:
      • Lack of consent is indicated by:
        • Vengeful context and/or threatening context, or
        • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
        • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image

Attempting to coordinate adult commercial sexual services or prostitution activities, such as requesting or offering or asking for rates for escort services and paid sexual fetish or domination services.

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

Narratives and statements that contain a depiction of non-consensual sexual touching (written or verbal) that includes details beyond mere naming or mentioning the act if:

  • Shared by the victim, or
  • Shared by a third party (other than the victim) in support of victim or condemnation of act or for general awareness to be determined by context/caption

Do not post:

In instances where content consists of any form of non-consensual sexual touching, crushing, necrophilia or bestiality, including:

  • Depictions (including real photos/videos), or
  • Advocacy (including aspirational and conditional statements), or
  • Statements of intent, or
  • Calls for action, or
  • Participation by yourself or others to engage in any form of the above mentioned sexual acts.

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Coercing money, favors, or images from people by threats of exposure of their naked or semi-naked photos/videos
  • Sharing imagery that fulfills all three of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title)
      • Independent sources (for example, media coverage or law enforcement record)
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image
  • SharingSecretly taken imagery of people or a real person's commonly sexualized body partsfocusing on sexualized areas of the body (such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks) or of a real person engaged in sexual activity. This imagery is commonly also known as "creepshots" or "upskirts" following elements need to be present:and includes photos or videos:
    • the focal point is on a sexualized area of the body or sexual activity, and
    • the person in the image is clearly unaware
    • Threatening or stating an intent to share intimate imagery without consent
    • Soliciting intimate imagery to view or share without consent
    • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations

Attempting to coordinate adult commercial sexual services or prostitution activities, such as requesting or offering or asking for rates for escort services and paid sexual fetish or domination services.

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

Narratives and statements that contain a depiction of non-consensual sexual touching (written or verbal) that includes details beyond mere naming or mentioning the act if:

  • Shared by the victim, or
  • Shared by a third party (other than the victim) in support of victim or condemnation of act or for general awareness to be determined by context/caption

Do not post:

In instances where content consists of any form of non-consensual sexual touching, crushing, necrophilia or bestiality, including:

  • Depictions (including real photos/videos), or
  • Advocacy (including aspirational and conditional statements), or
  • Statements of intent, or
  • Calls for action, or
  • Participation by yourself or others to engage in any form of the above mentioned sexual acts.

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Coercing money, favors, or images from people by threats of exposure of their naked or semi-naked photos/videos
  • Sharing imagery that fulfills all three of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title)
      • Independent sources (for example, media coverage or law enforcement record)
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image
  • Sharing images of a real personimagery of people or a person focusing on sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks (also known as creepshots or upskirts) or focusing on people engaged in sexual activity. The following elements need to be present:
    • The focal point is on a sexualized area of the body or sexual activity, and
    • The person in the image is clearly unaware
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share intimate imagery without consent
  • Soliciting intimate imagery to view or share without consent
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations

Attempting to coordinate adult commercial sexual services or engaging in sexual solicitationor prostitution activities, such as requesting or offering or asking for rates for escort services and paid sexual fetish or domination services.

  • Escort services
  • Prostitution
  • Filmed sexual encounters
  • Sexualized massage
  • Requesting rates on images of escorts
  • Offering contact information with escort images or sexual solicitation slang terms
  • Arranged marriages with refugees or internally displaced persons
  • Paid domination service
  • Offering or soliciting sex or sexual fetish partners

This policy, which disallows sexual solicitation, has long been in place under the headings of “Sexual Exploitation of Adults” and "Adult Nudity and Sexual Activity" (Section 14). We know sexual solicitation isn’t necessarily exploitative, and that the language we use and their organization under our Community Standards matter a lot. We also heard from our review teams that the policy as previously written wasn't clear, so we sought to distinguish the solicitation policy with its own heading (See Section 15: Sexual Solicitation) and removed this language from the Sexual Exploitation of Adults section of our Community Standards.

This policy change went through our formal policy process in 2018, which included getting external input from a number of stakeholders.

Do not post:

In instances where content consists of any form of non-consensual sexual touching, crushing, necrophilia or bestiality, including:

  • Depictions (including real photos/videos), or
  • Advocacy (including aspirational and conditional statements), or
  • Statements of intent, or
  • Calls for action, or
  • Participation by yourself or others to engage in any form of the above mentioned sexual acts

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Coercing money, favors, or images from people by threats of exposure of their naked or semi-naked photos/videos
  • Sharing imagery that fulfills all three of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title)
      • Independent sources (for example, media coverage or law enforcement record)
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image
  • Sharing images of a real person focusing on sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks (also known as creepshots or upskirts). The following elements need to be present:
    • the focal point is on a sexualized area of the body
    • the person in the image is clearly unaware
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share intimate imagery without consent
  • Soliciting intimate imagery to view or share without consent
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations

Attempts to coordinate adult sexual services or engaging in sexual solicitation including (but not limited to)

  • Escort services
  • Prostitution
  • Filmed sexual encounters
  • Sexualized massage
  • Requesting rates on images of escorts
  • Offering contact information with escort images or sexual solicitation slang terms
  • Paid domination service
  • Offering or soliciting sex or sexual fetish partners

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

Narratives and statements that contain a depiction of non-consensual sexual touching (written or verbal) that includes details beyond mere naming or mentioning the act if:

  • Shared by a victim, or
  • Shared by a third party (other than the victim) in support of victim or condemnation of act or for general awareness to be determined by context/caption

Do not post:

Content (including photos, videos, digital content, and verbal depictions) that shows or advocates for any form of crushing, necrophilia, bestiality, or non-consensual sexual touching.

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Coercing money, favors, or images from people by threats of exposure of their naked or semi-naked photos/videos
  • Sharing imagery that fulfills all three of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title)
      • Independent sources (for example, media coverage or law enforcement record)
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image
  • Sharing images of a real person focusing on sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks (also known as creepshots or upskirts). The following elements need to be present:
    • the focal point is on a sexualized area of the body
    • the person in the image is clearly unaware
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share intimate imagery without consent
  • Soliciting intimate imagery to view or share without consent
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations

Attempts to coordinate adult sexual services or engaging in sexual solicitation including (but not limited to)

  • Escort services
  • Prostitution
  • Filmed sexual encounters
  • Sexualized massage
  • Requesting rates on images of escorts
  • Offering contact information with escort images or sexual solicitation slang terms
  • Arranged marriages with refugees or internally displaced persons
  • Paid domination service
  • Offering or soliciting sex or sexual fetish partners

Do not post:

Content (including photos, videos, digital content, and verbal depictions) that shows or advocates for any form of crushing, necrophilia, bestiality, or non-consensual sexual touching.

Content that attempts to exploit people by any of the following:

  • Coercing money, favors, or images from people by threats of exposure of their naked or semi-naked photos/videos
  • Sharing imagery that fulfills all three of the following conditions:
    • Image is non-commercial or produced in a private setting
    • Person in the image is (near) nude, engaged in sexual activity, or in a sexual pose
    • Lack of consent to share the image is indicated by
      • Vengeful context (for example, caption, comments, or page title)
      • Independent sources (for example, media coverage or law enforcement record)
      • A visible match between the person depicted in the image and the person who has reported the content to us
      • The person who reported the content to us shares the same name as the person depicted in the image
  • Sharing images of a real person focusing on sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttockswhere the focal point is crotch, chest, buttocks, or up-skirt(also known as creepshots or upskirts)and either. The following elements need to be present:
    • the focal point is on a sexualized area of the body, and
    • the person in the image is clearly unawareapparently not aware the image is being taken
    • it would be impossible to determine whether the person is aware
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share intimate imagery without consent
  • Soliciting intimate imagery to view or share without consent
  • Threatening or stating an intent to share private sexual conversations

Attempts to coordinate adult sexual services or engaging in sexual solicitation including (but not limited to)

  • Escort services
  • Prostitution
  • Filmed sexual encounters
  • Sexualized massage
  • Requesting rates on images of escorts
  • Offering contact information with escort images or sexual solicitation slang terms
  • Arranged marriages with refugees or internally displaced persons
  • Paid domination service
  • Offering or soliciting sex or sexual fetish partners

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.

Reporting
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Universal entry point

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

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Get started

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

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Select a problem

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

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Report submitted

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

Post-report communication
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Update via notifications

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

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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.

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Appeal option

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

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Post-appeal communication

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

Takedown experience
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Immediate notification

When someone posts something that violates our Community Standards, we’ll tell them.

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Additional context

We’ll also address common misperceptions around enforcement.

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Explain the policy

We’ll give people easy to understand explanations about why their content was removed.

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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.

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Tell us more

If people disagree with the decision, we’ll ask them to tell us more.

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Set expectations

Here, we set expectations on what will happen next.

Warning screens
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Warning screens in context

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

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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.