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Facebook revamps community guidelines, shows what the social network will take down

Changes made to the guidelines also clarify the company's position on bullying, threats of violence and even hate speech. In a new blog post, Facebook's Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, and Chris Sonderby, Deputy General Counsel, go into some detail about prohibiting harassment, threatening violence, and any hate speech against someone because of their race or religious beliefs.

The new standards are fairly light to read through too. For example, according to the new guidelines provided, Facebook will allow some degree of nudity.

"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."

As always, Facebook will continue reviewing reported content to maintain freedom to share ideas, and to prevent content from being pulled due to incorrect reporting or a specific country requesting said content to be removed. If a piece of content has been reported as illegal in a region, Facebook would look to prevent people in the affected area from accessing the media in favour of flat out removal.

Facebook also touched on data requests from governments and how the company has actually witnessed a decline in submissions from the US.

"The number of government requests for account data remained relatively flat, with a slight increase to 35,051 from 34,946. There was an increase in data requests from certain governments such as India, and decline in requests from countries such as the United States and Germany."

They close by stating they will continue pushing governments to reform surveillance practices. It's a delicate balance between freedom of speech and keeping those who use Facebook safe online. You can check out the new community standards section of the Facebook website for more details.

Source: Facebook

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

51 Comments
  • Yes..people are becoming more aggressive on fb nowadays ..especially in India
  • Dude. Where you're from? Jupiter? Have you ever checked other country communities and people in FB? Shit happens everywhere. Not only in India.
  • True that
  • Wen in India???
  • Why do people want to post their entire life online on purpose? Don't we have little or no electronic privacy already??
  • Where's my instagram update
  • Will post it shorty after this announcement.....
  • Rich will get right on it. He's a busy lad.
  • 6tag FTW!!! And btw? That question should be geared to the developer of Instagram. ;)
  • What does FTW mean?
  • For the win
  • And till now I thought ftw means f*** the what lol.
  • Loool
  • You can use it to mean, "Fut The Wuck?!" I don't think Facebook will censor that.
  • If only they could focus on the greater good rather than waste time on butthurt whiners, instagram beta might have been updated :P
  • They don't care about Windows phone only but regularly update instagram app on other platforms.
    They have also made an instagram app for apple watch...
  • That one is more like a companion app, or so I hope
  • A striped down version. You can view your time line, see the likes and comments on pics, and like pic. You can't search, comment, or upload. Unless those first two are handled voice and they didn't show it. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Internet thugs.........
  • It's time to deactivate Facebook....
  • Because tits?
  • Yep. I want to be allowed to be racist and offensive!
  • Yeah.. Kinda make me feel bad without it.... Lol.
  • I thought they've updated their fb apps on wp -_- !
  • Ok. But fix the blank live tile and thenotifications on Denim (on beta as well) :-\
  • I don't have either of these issues with AT&T 1520 on Denim.
  • Official Facebook app please. I am fed up with the Microsoft mockup
  • Same here...How hard Microsoft try they cant match with the standard of original facebook app.
  • I've never understood this request. Anyone who thinks Facebook will extend note effort on a Windows app than Microsoft has no idea about how the world works. Besides, the MS one is not too bad these days. Finally have pictures in comments... though tagging is still pretty half assed.
  • Works just fine for what I need it to do :) I totally agree with you. As for Facebook? The web portal is just as awesome if you need it. That's how I tag and change privacy post settings.
  • Only use facebook messenger and that's about it, the amount of spam I get to join games from friends (and facebook themselves) is just eye wateringly attrocious. Had to make a separate folder and use rules to keep my inbox clean lol...
     
  • Why don't you just turn that stuff off? I get zero.
  • why don't Facebook makes an official app for windows phone?
  • It's official. Facebook makes it but Microsoft publishes it.
  • No they don't..Microsoft only makes it with some collaboration of facebook..
  • Whatsup with instagram for windows phone
  • Female nipples prohibited? Why not male's too?! If it is so important for them to make such a fuss of that.
  • Vote up for equality !!
  • Seems that some nipples are more appropriate than other nipples. I think we need a nipple committee... Are we really in 2015?
  • The UK issued some strange "porn" laws too; it is just strange that naked women are often over-the-top whereas men only when they show their little wee-wee.
  • Btw, their s40 platform app could do sticker comments in recent update (-_-)
  • Oh wow we're changing the rules just because some people feel offended. Good job.
  • Apparently that's one of the worst crimes here in the US, to "offend" someone. I've seen court cases where a drunk tractor trailer driver plowed through a park and the civil case only awarded the plaintiffs in the tens of thousands ( He went to prison for over thirty years at the conclusion of the criminal case, of course) while in another where someone "said something mean" and "offended someone" the payout was in the millions. There's something wrong with this place.
  • Yeah, I've been watching the situation from Peru and really I think the leftist side of the US is getting more and more influential every day. It's really a sad thing, since it's being taken to the point where free speech is now less important than hurting someone's feelings...
  • You know Facebook is American when they place rules like "oh you can show the entire boob but a nipple? No no, that's going too far!". By the way, as a straight guy, I'm much more "offended" by male nudity. I don't appreciate it and so, If women can't show their boobs at will, I also want to see those douchebags that post countless selfies of their torsos banned. You know...equality shouldn't only be for what is convenient. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Community standards huh? :: I hold up my middle finger to Facebook :: Standardize this! Screw Facebook and the horse it rode in on. I've never seen a more useless tool in my life. Seven years ago I could keep up with most of my friends from college, and quite a few from before that. Email, IM, text, letters, phone calls. Then Facebook came, and that's what everyone used. Leave messages, they get ignored. Send IMs, they get ignored. All the methods of communication that worked fine before Facebook were ignored on Facebook. Call me when they update their "community standards" to make the service work as a communication tool and not a bizarre, semi-sentient billboard.
  • LoL facebook
  • So they allow posting photographs of paintings sculptures and other art. Isn't that a breach of copyright?
  • Nope. Not if the art is in public domain. If you went to a museum where they do not allow the photographs it could be taken down, but I highly doubt FB would waste it's time trying to find out. People reproduce pics of celebs all the time on there. People post those stupid MEMEs, nothing ever happens.
  • So that's why they ignored all of my reports about sexual content or violent photos with animals...
  • This is good. Facebook is (trying to, anyways) take a stand against harassment on their network, and I'm glad they understand the difference between nudity and porn. I don't use the service, but still, the changes are appreciated.