Facebook Sheds More Light on Its Policy Regarding Hate Speach and Nudity
Just last week, Twitter revised their policy to make sure revenge porn and doxing is dealt with on their website. However, even though Facebook is doing OK when it comes to doxing, the company’s policy wasn’t really clear regarding matters of hate speech, nudity and similar issues.
I remember reporting a number of posts which I believed shouldn’t be on Facebook, only to find out later that they weren’t removed and received clearance from the reviewers. This brings up the question, what exactly is Facebook’s policy regarding such matters?
Facebook shared a post which stated that it is not changing its policies but thinks it’s best to explain their community standards. Facebook’s guidelines cover hate speech, nudity, sexual violence, self-harm, criminal activity, violence, bullying and more. However, it seems all of the above mentioned areas must fall-under Facebook’s definition.
Hate Speech for example (according to FB) means someone is directly attacked based on their gender, race, illness or disease, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or ethnicity.
Facebook says: “Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others about that hate speech.”
When this is the case, we expect people to clearly indicate their purpose, which helps us better understand why they shared that content.
We allow humour, satire or social commentary related to these topics, but we may ask Page owners to associate their name and Profile with any content that is insensitive, even if that content does not violate our policies.
Apart from hate speech, nudity is the other major issue for the company:
We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures.
Exposed buttocks? So that means if I search on Facebook for Kim Kardashian’s exposed butt from Paper Magazine, I won’t find it?
Terrorist organisations like Isis are making full use to social media to spread fear and their message across the world. Facebook is actively blocking such groups, pages and users supporting terrorist organizations.
On Facebook, “supporting or praising leaders of those same organisations, or condoning their violent activities, is not allowed.”
More details about their policies are available at the link given above.