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

Policy Date:

Apr 14, 2022

Post direct threats. We carefully review reports of threatening language to identify serious threats of harm to public and personal safety. We remove credible threats of physical harm to individuals. We also remove specific threats of theft, vandalism or other financial harm. We may consider things such as a person's public visibility or the likelihood of real world violence in determining whether a threat is credible.

Post content expressing support for dangerous organisations. We don't allow any organisations or individuals that are engaged in terrorist activity, organised violence or criminal activity, mass or serial murderers or organised hate groups. We also remove content that expresses support for groups that are involved in the violent or criminal behaviour such as that mentioned above. Supporting or praising leaders of those same organisations, or condoning their violent activities, is not allowed.

Direct credible threats or hate speech at a public individual. We permit open and critical discussion of people who are featured in the news or have a large public audience based on their profession or chosen activities. We remove credible threats to public figures, as well as hate speech directed at them, just as we do for private individuals.

Use Facebook to facilitate or organise criminal activity. We prohibit the use of Facebook to facilitate or organise criminal activity, including any that causes physical harm to people, businesses or animals, or financial damage to people or businesses. We work with the police when we believe that there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety. We also prohibit you from celebrating any crimes that you've committed. We do allow people to debate or advocate for the legality of criminal activities, as well as address them in a humorous or satirical way.

Post content that threatens or promotes sexual violence or exploitation. We remove content that threatens or promotes sexual violence or exploitation. This includes the sexual exploitation of minors and sexual assault. To protect victims and survivors, we also remove photographs or videos depicting incidents of sexual violence and images shared in revenge or without permission from the people in the images. Our definition of sexual exploitation includes solicitation of sexual material, any sexual content involving minors, threats to share intimate images and offers of sexual services. Where appropriate, we refer this content to law enforcement. Offers of sexual services include prostitution, escort services, sexual massages and filmed sexual activity.