Facebook Clarifies Rules for Content, Including Definition of Nudity and Hate Speech
Facebook has released a new version of its community standards, defining in detail what it means by offensive content on issues such as nudity, bullying and hate speech.
The move by the social networking company comes shortly after its peers including Twitter and Reddit have changed their policies to curb content such as stolen nude photos and revenge porn on their sites.
“Today we are providing more detail and clarity on what is and is not allowed. For example, what exactly do we mean by nudity, or what do we mean by hate speech?” wrote Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management and Chris Sonderby, the company’s deputy general counsel, in a blog post Sunday.
The executives said that the new guidelines aim to meet people’s request for greater clarity and do not change the company’s policies and standards.
Facebook, for example, provided graphic details of the kind of content it would remove under its prohibitions against nudity. It said, for example, that it removes “photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks,” and explicit images of sexual intercourse.