Facebook publishes a 2,500-word document clarifying its rules on what you can and cannot do on the social network.
Facebook, the largest social networking site in the world, has rewritten their guidelines which inform users on what they can and cannot post onto the site. Although their main policies have not changed, they have expanded on their already existing guidelines, making it much more transparent and therefore, easier to follow.
One of the main developments is their policy on terrorism and crime organisations. Facebook has confirmed that if an organisation is involved in anything violent or criminal, then they will be banned from the site. Individual users are also not allowed to show support for any such organisations, or they will also be banned.
Facebook will also be taking a strong stand against graphic violence and hate speech. Images that glorify violence will be taken down, but images that highlight concerns over human rights will be allowed. Hate speech will be strictly forbidden, with Facebook refusing to tolerate any users who promote hate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, medical conditions and more.
When it comes to nudity, Facebook has faced much controversy in the past. In 2013, many women complained about how Facebook had taken down photos of breastfeeding, deeming them to be sexually explicit. Facebook has now clarified this situation, stating that any exposed genitals or buttocks are not allowed, as they have a large global audience who can often be sensitive to that kind of content. Photos of female breasts need to not show the nipples. The only exception is with photos of women who are actively engaged in breastfeeding, or who are sharing images of post-mastectomy scarring. However, Facebook is allowing users to upload images of paintings or sculptures that contain nudity.