Facebook tell you what you can - and can't - post

16 March 2015

Bitterwallet - Facebook Facebook news again and, once more, they're giving everyone loads of opportunities to slag them off, while not offending them enough for anyone to actually delete it from their lives.

So what's the skinny? Well, for a while, people have wondered why someone wasn't allowed to appear on the social network while breastfeeding, but it was totally fine to watch a beheading video or watching someone get knocked about in a kebab shop or something.

Well, FB has decided to make a document which you can all read (if you want), which details what you can and can't post on their pages. Not your page - you own shit. The company has written 2,500 words in guideline form, which of course, you won't want to read.

Facebook says; "Our mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Every day, people come to Facebook to share their stories, see the world through the eyes of others and connect with friends and causes. The conversations that happen on Facebook reflect the diversity of a community of more than one billion people."

"To balance the interests of this diverse population, we've developed a set of Community Standards, outlined below. These policies will help you understand what type of sharing is allowed on Facebook, and what type of content may be reported to us and removed. Because of the diversity of our global community, please bear in mind that something that may be disagreeable or disturbing to you may not violate our Community Standards."

So we've grabbed the bits we think you'll be most interested in.


Not Allowed: People explicitly doing the nasty; photos of actual genitals; depictions of sexual business that goes "into vivid detail"; what they describe as "fully exposed buttocks". Nothing illegal too. That's a given though.

Totally fine: Women "actively engaged" in breastfeeding; photos and images of art that has nudity in it; post-mastectomy scarring photos.


Not Allowed: On Facebook, they'll be weighing up the various threats that are reported to them. If you make a direct threat, that isn't allowed.

Totally fine: Presumably, you're allowed to now make 'indirect threats'.

Hate Speech

Not Allowed: If you attack someone because of their race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability, that's not allowed.

Totally fine: Sharing someone else's hate speech is fine, provided you're using it "for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others about that hate speech". Oh, it is also fine if you're using it as part of "humour, satire or social commentary". That gets everyone off the hook then, doesn't it?


Not Allowed: You're not allowed to threaten celebs and public figures anymore.

Totally Fine: You are, however, allowed to openly and critically discuss famous people.

Blood & Guts

Not Allowed: If you're sharing pictures and videos for your own "sadistic pleasure" or indeed, "to celebrate or glorify violence", that's not allowed.

Totally Fine: However, if you're sharing a load of blood and gore to raise awareness about something, such as human rights abuses or terrorism or something, then that's completely fine.  If you're raising awareness about the repression of those who like to celebrate violence while getting sadistic pleasure... well... you're on your own.

Self Harm

Not Allowed: Don't put up images of self-harm, suicide and eating disorders.

Totally Fine: That said, if you're allowed to show these things provided you're not promoting them, rather, raising awareness or something.


Not Allowed: Don't share things that you don't have the copyright for.

Totally Fine: Laughing at the notion that anyone is going to listen to the above advice.

TOPICS:   Social Media

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