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Policy Rationale

As noted in Section 8 of our Community Standards (Sexual Exploitation of Adults), people use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognize the importance of, and want to allow for this discussion. We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters or commercial sexual services between adults such as prostitution or escort services. We do this to avoid facilitating transactions that may involve trafficking, coercion and non-consensual sexual acts.

We also restrict sexually-explicit language that may lead to solicitation because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content, and it may impede the ability for people to connect with their friends and the broader community.

Do not post:

Attempted coordination of adult commercial sexual services or prostitution activities, such as requesting, offering or asking for rates for escort services and paid sexual fetish or domination services.

Attempted coordination of or recruitment for, adult sexual activities, including but not limited to:

  • Filmed sexual activities.
  • Pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances or erotic dances.
  • Sexual, erotic or tantric massages.

Explicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:

  • Sex or sexual partners.
  • Sex chat or conversations.
  • Nude photos/videos/imagery.

Content that is implicitly or indirectly offering or asking for sexual solicitation and meets both of the following criteria. If both criteria are not met, it is not deemed to be violating. For example, if content is a hand-drawn image depicting sexual activity but does not ask or offer sexual solicitation, it is not violating:

  • Criteria 1: Offer or ask
    • Content that implicitly or indirectly (typically through providing a method of contact) offers or asks for sexual solicitation.
  • Criteria 2: Suggestive Elements
    • Content that makes the aforementioned offer or ask using one of the following sexually suggestive elements:
      • Contextually specific and commonly sexual emojis or emoji strings, or
      • Regional sexualized slang, or
      • Mentions or depictions of sexual activity (including hand drawn, digital, or real-world art) such as sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (e.g. sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), or
      • Poses.

An offer or ask for pornographic material (including, but not limited to, sharing of links to external pornographic websites)

Sexually-explicit language that goes into graphic detail beyond mere reference to:

  • A state of sexual arousal (e.g wetness or erection) or
  • An act of sexual intercourse (e.g sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios).

Policy Rationale

As noted in Section 8 of our Community Standards (Sexual Exploitation of Adults), people use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognize the importance of, and want to allow for this discussion. We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters or commercial sexual services between adults such as prostitution or escort services. We do this to avoid facilitating transactions that may involve trafficking, coercion and non-consensual sexual acts.

We also restrict sexually-explicit language that may lead to solicitation because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content, and it may impede the ability for people to connect with their friends and the broader community.

Do not post:

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.

Attempted coordination of or recruitment for adult sexual activities, including but not limited to:

  • Filmed sexual activities
  • Pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances, erotic dances
  • Sexual, erotic, or tantric massages

Explicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:

  • Sex or sexual partners
  • Sex chat or conversations
  • Nude photos/videos/imagery

Content that is implicitly or indirectly offering or asking for sexual solicitation and meets both of the following criteria. If both criteria are not met, it is not deemed to be violating. For example, if content is a hand-drawn image depicting sexual activity but does not ask or offer sexual solicitation, it is not violating:

  • Criteria 1: Offer or Ask
    • Content implicitly or indirectly* (typically through providing a method of contact) offers or asks for sexual solicitation
      • Nude imagery, or
      • Sex or sexual partners, or
      • Sex chat conversations
  • Criteria 2: Suggestive Elements
    • Content makes the aforementioned offer or ask using one of the following sexually suggestive elements:
      • Contextually specific and commonly sexual emojis or emoji strings, or
      • Regional sexualized slang, or
      • Mentions or depictions of sexual activity (including hand drawn, digital, or real world art) such as: sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), or
      • Imagery of real individuals with nudity covered by human parts, objects, or digital obstruction, including long shots of fully nude butts
      • Poses

An offer or ask for pornographic material (including, but not limited to, sharing of links to external pornographic websites)

Sexually explicit language that goes into graphic detail beyond mere reference to:

  • A state of sexual arousal (wetness or erection) or
  • An act of sexual intercourse (sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios)

Policy Rationale

As noted in Section 8 of our Community Standards (Sexual Exploitation of Adults), people use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognize the importance of and want to allow for this discussion. We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters or commercial sexual services between adults such as prostitution or escort services. We do this to avoid facilitating transactions that may involve trafficking, coercion, and non-consensual sexual acts. We also restrict sexually explicit language that may lead to solicitation because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content and it may impede the ability for people to connect with their friends and the broader community.

Do not post:

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.

Attempted coordination of or recruitment for adult sexual activities, including but not limited to:

  • Filmed sexual activities
  • Pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances, erotic dances
  • Sexual, erotic, or tantric massages

Explicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:

  • Sex or sexual partners
  • Sex chat or conversations
  • Nude photos/videos/imagery

Content that is implicitly or indirectly offering or asking for sexual solicitation and meets both of the following criteria. If both criteria are not met, it is not deemed to be violating. For example, if content is a hand-drawn image depicting sexual activity but does not ask or offer sexual solicitation, it is not violating:

  • Criteria 1: Offer or Ask
    • Content implicitly or indirectly* (typically through providing a method of contact) offers or asks for:
      • Nude imagery, or
      • Sex or sexual partners, or
      • Sex chat conversations
  • Criteria 2: Suggestive Elements
    • Content makes the aforementioned offer or ask using one of the following sexually suggestive elements:
      • Contextually specific and commonly sexual emojis or emoji strings, or
      • Regional sexualized slang, or
      • Mentions or depictions of sexual activity (including hand drawn, digital, or real world art) such as: sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), or
      • Imagery of real individuals with nudity covered by human parts, objects, or digital obstruction, including long shots of fully nude butts

An offer or ask for pornographic material (including, but not limited to, sharing of links to external pornographic websites)

Sexually explicit language that goes into graphic detail beyond mere reference to:

  • A state of sexual arousal (wetness or erection) or
  • An act of sexual intercourse (sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios)

Do not post:

Attempted coordination of or recruitment for adult sexual activities, including but not limited to:

  • Filmed sexual activities
  • Pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances, erotic dances
  • Sexual, erotic, or tantric massages

Explicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:

  • Sex or sexual partners
  • Sex chat or conversations
  • Nude photos/videos/imagery

Content that is implicitly or indirectly offering or asking for sexual solicitation and meets both of the following criteria. If both criteria are not met, it is not deemed to be violating. For example, if content is a hand-drawn image depicting sexual activity but does not ask or offer sexual solicitation, it is not violating:

  • Criteria 1: Offer or Ask
    • Content implicitly or indirectly* (typically through providing a method of contact) offers or asks for:
      • Nude imagery, or
      • Sex or sexual partners, or
      • Sex chat conversations
  • Criteria 2: Suggestive Elements
    • Content makes the aforementioned offer or ask using one of the following sexually suggestive elements:
      • Contextually specific and commonly sexual emojis or emoji strings, or
      • Regional sexualized slang, or
      • Mentions or depictions of sexual activity (including hand drawn, digital, or real world art) such as: sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), or
      • Imagery of real individuals with nudity covered by human parts, objects, or digital obstruction, including long shots of fully nude butts

Content must meet Criteria 1 (offer or ask) and be implicitly or indirectly offering or asking for sexual solicitation in order to be deemed violating.

For example, if content is a hand-drawn image depicting sexual activity but does not ask or offer sexual solicitation, it is not violating.

An offer or ask for pornographic material (including, but not limited to, sharing of links to external pornographic websites)

Sexually explicit language that goes into graphic detail beyond mere reference to:

  • A state of sexual arousal (wetness or erection) or
  • An act of sexual intercourse (sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios)

Do not post:

Attempted coordination of or recruitment for adult sexual activities, including but not limited to:

  • Filmed sexual activities
  • Pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances, erotic dances
  • Sexual, erotic, or tantric massages

Explicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:

  • Sex or sexual partners
  • Sex chat or conversations
  • Nude photos, videos or imageryimages

Content that meets both of the following criteria:

  • Criteria 1: Offer or Ask
    • Content implicitly or indirectly* (typically through providing a method of contact) offers or asks for:
      • Nude imagery, or
      • Sex or sexual partners, or
      • Sex chat conversations
  • Criteria 2: Suggestive Elements
    • Content makes the aforementioned offer or ask using one of the following sexually suggestive elements:
      • Contextually specific and commonly sexual emojis or emoji strings, or
      • Regional sexualized slang, or
      • Content that mentions or depicts hints ofMentions or depictions of sexual activity (including hand drawn, digital, or real world art) such as: sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), or
      • Including content (hand drawn, digital, or real world art) that depicts sexual activity (explicit or implicit), or
      • Including Imagery of real individuals with nudity covered by human parts, objects, or digital obstruction, including long shots of fully nude butts

Content must meet Criteria 1 (offer or ask) and be implicitly or indirectly offering or asking for sexual solicitation in order to be deemed violating.

For example, if content is a hand-drawn image depicting sexual activity but does not ask or offer sexual solicitation, it is not violating.

An offer or ask for pornographic material (including, but not limited to, sharing of links to external pornographic websites)other adult activities such as:

  • Commercial pornography
  • Nude images, unless modeling context is clear

Sexually explicit language that goes into graphic detail beyond mere reference to:

  • A state of sexual arousal (wetness or erection) or
  • An act of sexual intercourse (sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios)

Policy Rationale

As noted in Section 8 of our Community Standards (Sexual Exploitation of Adults), people use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognize the importance of, and want to allow for this discussion. We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters or commercial sexual services between adults such as prostitution or escort services. We do this to avoid facilitating transactions that may involve trafficking, coercion and non-consensual sexual acts.

We also restrict sexually-explicit language that may lead to solicitation because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content, and it may impede the ability for people to connect with their friends and the broader community.

Do not post:

Attempted coordination of or recruitment for adult sexual activities, including but not limited to:

  • Filmed sexual activities
  • Pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances, erotic dances
  • Sexual, erotic, or tantric massages

Explicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:

  • Sex or sexual partners
  • Sex chat or conversations
  • Nude images

Content that meets both of the following criteria:

  • Criteria 1: Offer or Ask
    • Content implicitly or indirectly* (typically through providing a method of contact) offers or asks for:
      • Nude imagery, or
      • Sex or sexual partners, or
      • Sex chat conversations
  • Criteria 2: Suggestive Elements
    • Content makes the aforementioned offer or ask using one of the following sexually suggestive elements:
      • Contextually specific and commonly sexual emojis or emoji strings, or
      • Regional sexualized slang, or
      • Content that mentions or depicts hints of sexual activity such as: sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), or
      • Including content (hand drawn, digital, or real world art) that depicts sexual activity (explicit or implicit), or
      • Including imagery of real individuals with nudity covered by human parts, objects, or digital obstruction, including long shots of fully nude butts

Content must meet Criteria 1 (offer or ask) and be implicitly or indirectly offering or asking for sexual solicitation in order to be deemed violating.

For example, if content is a hand-drawn image depicting sexual activity but does not ask or offer sexual solicitation, it is not violating.

Implicit sexual solicitation, which we define as an offer or request to engage paired with at least one of the following elements, none of which violate our Community Standards on their own:

  • Suggestive statements, such as “looking for a good time tonight”
  • Sexualized slang
  • Sexual hints such as mentioning sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), commonly sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks, state of hygiene of genitalia or buttocks
  • Content (hand drawn or real-world art) that may depict explicit sexual activity or suggestively posed person(s).

An offer or ask for other adult activities such as:

  • Commercial pornography
  • Nude images, unless modeling context is clear

Sexually explicit language that goes into graphic detail beyond mere reference to:

  • A state of sexual arousal (wetness or erection)
  • An act of sexual intercourse (sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios)
*The updates reflected here are not changes to our policy, but are continued attempts to clarify policy language.

Do not:

Content that attempts to coordinate or recruitAttempted coordination of or recruitment for adult sexual activities including but not limited to:

  • Filmed sexual activities
  • Pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances, erotic dances
  • Sexual, erotic, or tantric massages

Content that engages in explicitExplicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:which we define as offering or requesting things, including but not limited to the following:

  • Sex or sexual partners
  • Sex chat or conversations
  • Nude images

Content that engages in implicitImplicit sexual solicitation, which can be identified by mentioning a sexual act and other suggestive elements such as any of the following:we define as an offer or request to engage paired with at least one of the following elements, none of which violate our Community Standards on their own:

  • Vague suggestive statements, such as “looking for a good time tonight”
  • Sexualized slang
  • Using sexual hints such as mentioning sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, sexual preference/sexual partner preference, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), commonly sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks, state of hygiene of genitalia or buttocks
  • Content (hand drawn, digital, or real-world art) that may depict explicit sexual activity or suggestively posed person(s)

An offer or ask for other adult activities such as:

  • Commercial pornography
  • Partners who share fetish or sexual interests

Sexually explicit language that adds details and goes beyond mere naming or mentioning of:

  • A state of sexual arousal (wetness or erection)
  • An act of sexual intercourse (sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios)

Recent media coverage and online conversation has revealed that our Sexual Solicitation policy is not entirely clear and has led to confusion and concern.

To that end, we have revised the language to clarify our policy. Under the policy, implicit sexual solicitation is not allowed. We define implicit sexual solicitation as an offer or ask to engage paired with at least one suggestive element, which would not violate on its own.

Deciding where to draw the line is always a challenge and we welcome feedback on how we can continue to improve and update our policies. Our approach has been to ensure Facebook is not a place for coordinating sexual activity.

Policy Rationale

As noted in Section 8 of our Community Standards (Sexual Exploitation of Adults), people use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognize the importance of and want to allow for this discussion. We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults. We also restrict sexually explicit language that may lead to solicitation because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content and it may impede the ability for people to connect with their friends and the broader community.

Do not post:

Content that attempts to coordinate or recruit for adult sexual activities including but not limited to:

  • Filmed sexual activities
  • Pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances, erotic dances
  • Sexual, erotic, or tantric massages

Content that engages in explicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:

  • Sex or sexual partners
  • Sex chat or conversations
  • Nude images

Content that engages in implicit sexual solicitation, which can be identified by mentioning a sexual act and other suggestive elements such as any of the following:

  • Vague suggestive statements, such as “looking for a good time tonight”
  • Sexualized slang
  • Using sexual hints such as mentioning sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, sexual preference/sexual partner preference, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), commonly sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks, state of hygiene of genitalia or buttocks
  • Content (hand drawn, digital, or real-world art) that may depict explicit sexual activity or suggestively posed person(s)

Content that offers or asks for other adult activities such as:

  • Commercial pornography
  • Partners who share fetish or sexual interests

Sexually explicit language that adds details and goes beyond mere naming or mentioning of:

  • A state of sexual arousal (wetness or erection)
  • An act of sexual intercourse (sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios)

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.

The policy covers 1) coordination and recruitment of sexual activities, 2) explicit > sexual solicitation, and 3) implicit sexual solicitation, 4) offers or asks for pornography or sexual partners, and 5) sexually explicit language.

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
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.