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Facebook Lists Banned Content, Offers a Definition of Nudity

Mar 16, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Facebook offers a definition of nudity, among other topics, in a new set of standards issued by the company. PC World reports that the new standards define in detail what the social media giant considers nudity, bullying and hate speech, all of which are banned.

“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,” PC World notes.

In a blog item posted Sunday, Monika Bickert, head of global policy management for Facebook, and Chris Sonderby, the company’s deputy general counsel, wrote: “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?”

“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,” PC World reports.

Under the ban on nudity, the company indicated it would take down “photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks,” along with explicit images of sexual intercourse.

PC World notes: “The company said it was restricting the display of nudity because some audiences in its global community could be sensitive to such content, more so because of their cultural background or age. Facebook had 1.39 billion monthly active users at the end of December, with over 82 percent of its daily active users located outside the U.S. and Canada.”

The site indicated it would not allow content that seems to target people “with the intention of degrading or shaming them.” The post mentions using modified images to degrade people, and repeatedly sending unwanted friend requests or other messages, the report notes.

“Facebook also addressed in detail its insistence that people sign up on the social network with their authentic identities, threatening to ask users to close down additional profiles, and removing profiles that impersonate other people,” PC World notes. “While a Facebook presence for say a favorite pet or games character is allowed, it will have to be through a page on Facebook rather than a profile.”


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