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Harassment, Hateful Content, Hate Speech, Bullying, & Threats

Policy Date:

Apr 14, 2022

Facebook removes hate speech. We know that many publishers use Facebook to challenge ideas, institutions and practices. Such discussion can promote debate and greater understanding.

Sometimes publishers 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 publishers to clearly indicate their purpose, which helps us better understand why they shared that content. We also allow humour, satire or social commentary related to these topics.

To avoid content being labelled as hate speech:

Be responsible when publishing humour, satire or social commentary around these topics. The more context you can provide as to why you shared a post, the better.
Be conscious of your audience when sharing any permissible content dealing with hate speech.
Post alternative viewpoints and accurate information. Counter-speech is productive and can help create a safer and more respectful environment.

Post content that directly attacks people based on the below criteria. Known organisations and people dedicated to promoting hatred against these protected groups are not allowed a presence on Facebook.
National origin
Religious affiliation
Sexual orientation
Sex, gender or gender identity
Serious disabilities or diseases

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