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Facebook Launches New Banning Guidelines

By piranha

16th March 2015

Facebook has released a new set of guidelines in an attempt to clear up confusion about what can and can’t be posted on the site

By updating the Community Standards section of the site, Facebook hopes to add “more detail and clarity on what is and is not allowed.”

Monika Bickert, who is Facebook’s head of global policy, has said “While our policies and standards themselves are not changing, we have heard from people that it would be helpful to provide more clarity and examples, so we are doing so with today’s update.”

The site will now ban and remove any content which shows “fully exposed buttocks” or “images of female breasts that if they include the nipple.”

They will also be clamping down on ‘revenge porn’ posted on the site. This term refers to explicit images and videos shared without permission, which is now a criminal offence in the UK.

Facebook added that they will “always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring”.

Nudity with educational value, like paintings, sculptures and artwork will still be allowed on the site.

Previously the rules surrounding nudity on the website were extremely vague, with very little done to remove this explicit content.

Under the new ‘dangerous organisations’ heading, Facebook states that it does not allow terrorist activity or organised crime to appear on the site. It says that they will also “remove content that expresses support for groups that are mentioned above. Supporting or praising leaders of those same organisations, or condoning their violent activities, is not allowed.”

Other issues which have been addressed in Facebook’s updated guidelines include threats, self-injury, violence, bullying and harassment.

In the past, Facebook has been criticised for the way it handles inappropriate content. Along with Twitter, Reddit and other social media sites, it is under immense pressure to moderate its users. These changes will hopefully make it easier to punish users who continue to ignore the guidelines which have been set out for all users.

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