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Policy Rationale

We aim to prevent potential offline harm that may be related to content on Facebook. While we understand that people commonly express disdain or disagreement by threatening or calling for violence in non-serious ways, we remove language that incites or facilitates serious violence. We remove content, disable accounts and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety. We also try to consider the language and context in order to distinguish casual statements from content that constitutes a credible threat to public or personal safety. In determining whether a threat is credible, we may also consider additional information like a person's public visibility and the risks to their physical safety.

In some cases, we see aspirational or conditional threats directed at terrorists and other violent actors (e.g. "Terrorists deserve to be killed"), and we deem those non-credible, absent specific evidence to the contrary.

Do not post:

Threats that could lead to death (and other forms of high-severity violence) targeting people or places where threat is defined as any of the following:

  • Statements of intent to commit high-severity violence. This includes content where a symbol represents the target and/or includes a visual of an armament or method to represent violence.
  • Calls for high-severity violence including content where no target is specified but a symbol represents the target and/or includes a visual of an armament or method that represents violence.
  • Statements advocating for high-severity violence.
  • Aspirational or conditional statements to commit high-severity violence.

Content that asks or offers services for hire to kill others (for example, hitmen, mercenaries, assassins) or advocates for the use of a hitman, mercenary or assassin against a target

Admissions, statements of intent or advocacy, calls to action, or aspirational or conditional statements to kidnap a target

Content that depicts abductions or kidnappings if it is clear the content is not being shared by a victim or their family as a plea for help, or shared for informational, condemnation or awareness raising purposes

Threats of high-severity violence using digitally-produced or altered imagery to target living people with armaments, methods of violence or dismemberment

Threats that lead to serious injury (mid-severity violence) toward private individuals, unnamed specified persons, minor public figures, high-risk persons or high-risk groups where threat is defined as any of the following:

  • Statements of intent to commit violence, or
  • Statements advocating violence, or
  • Calls for mid-severity violence including content where no target is specified but a symbol represents the target, or
  • Aspirational or conditional statements to commit violence, or
  • Content about other target(s) apart from private individuals, minor public figures, high-risk persons or high-risk groups and any credible:
    • Statements of intent to commit violence, or
    • Calls for action of violence, or
    • Statements advocating for violence, or
    • Aspirational or conditional statements to commit violence

Threats that lead to physical harm (or other forms of lower-severity violence) towards private individuals (self-reporting required) or minor public figures where threat is defined as any of the following:

  • Private individuals (name and/or face match are required) or minor public figures that includes:
    • Statements of intent, calls for action, advocating, aspirational or conditional statements to commit low-severity violence

Any content created for the express purpose of outing an individual as a member of a designated and recognisable at-risk group

Instructions on how to make or use weapons if there is evidence of a goal to seriously injure or kill people through:

  • Language explicitly stating that goal, or
  • Photos or videos that show or simulate the end result (serious injury or death) as part of the instruction.
  • Unless the aforementioned content is shared as part of recreational self defense, for military training purposes, commercial video games, or news coverage (posted by a Page or with a news logo).

Providing instructions on how to make or use explosives, unless there is clear context that the content is for a non-violent purpose (for example, part of commercial video games, clear scientific/educational purpose, fireworks or specifically for fishing)

Any content containing statements of intent, calls for action, conditional or aspirational statements, or advocating for violence due to voting, voter registration or the administration or outcome of an election

Statements of intent or advocacy, calls to action, or aspirational or conditional statements to bring weapons to locations, including but not limited to places of worship, educational facilities, polling places or locations used to count votes or administer an election (or encouraging others to do the same).

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

Do not post:

  • Content that puts LGBTQI+ people at risk by revealing their sexual identity against their will or without permission.
  • Content that puts unveiled women at risk by revealing their images without veil against their will or without permission.
  • Violent threats against law enforcement officers.
  • Violent threats against people accused of a crime. We remove this content when we have reason to believe that the content is intended to cause physical harm.
  • Misinformation and unverifiable rumors that contribute to the risk of imminent violence or physical harm.
    • Additionally, we have specific rules and guidance regarding content related to COVID-19 and vaccines. To see these specific rules please click here.
  • Coded statements where the method of violence or harm is not clearly articulated, but the threat is veiled or implicit. Facebook looks at the below signals to determine whether there is a threat of harm in the content.
    • Shared in a retaliatory context (e.g., expressions of desire to do something harmful to others in response to a grievance or threat that may be real, perceived or anticipated)
    • References to historical or fictional incidents of violence (e.g., content that threatens others by referring to known historical incidents of violence that have been executed throughout history or in fictional settings)
    • Acts as a threatening call-to-action (e.g. content inviting or encouraging others to carry out harmful acts or to join in carrying out the harmful acts)
    • Indicates knowledge of or shares sensitive information that could expose others to harm (e.g. content that either makes note of or implies awareness of personal information that might make a threat of physical violence more credible. This includes implying knowledge of a person's residential address, their place of employment or education, daily commute routes or current location)
    • Local context or subject matter expertise confirms that the statement in question could be threatening and/or could lead to imminent violence or physical harm.
    • The subject of the threat reports the content to us.
  • Threats against election officials
  • Implicit statements of intent or advocacy, calls to action, or aspirational or conditional statements to bring armaments to locations, including but not limited to places of worship, educational facilities, polling places, or locations used to count votes or administer an election (or encouraging others to do the same). We may also restrict calls to bring armaments to certain locations where there are temporarily signals of a heightened risk of violence or offline harm. This may be the case, for example, when there is a known protest and counter-protest planned or violence broke out at a protest in the same city within the last 7 days
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.