FB Finally Releases Their 27 Page Rulebook For Policing Users

Written by K. Walker on April 24, 2018

Does this fix the problem, or just make things worse?

Remember when all of America was left scratching their heads waiting for a good explanation for how the political duo ‘Diamond and Silk’ could POSSIBLY be considered ‘unsafe’?

You may remember when Ted Cruz held a certain social media CEO’s feet to the fire over their position on free speech and pointed out some very obvious differences in how FB audiences were reached, depending on who was posting content.

He didn’t get a very satisfying answer.

Well, now FaceBook has come out with a ‘comprehensive’ rulebook for how to comply with their expectations. It’s 27 pages long. The iPhone user agreement isn’t even 27 pages long!

What Moses could accomplish in 10 Commandments apparently takes Zuck’s team 27 pages.

Long-form guidelines can be found here.

(To be honest, that’s because of lawyers. Most likely.)

The list spells out in detail exactly the kind of offences that could see you banned from the social network – or even arrested.

It includes making credible violent threats or revelling in sexual violence as well as promoting terrorism and the poaching of endangered species.

 Facebook will also give users the right to appeal its decision to remove photos, videos or written posts deemed to violate its community standards.

If your content has been removed you will be notified and given the option to request an additional review.

This will lead to a moderator taking a look, typically within 24 hours, and if a mistake has been made Facebook says it will notify you and restore your material.

Source: DailyMail

Here is a shorter list of the rules, (it’s still more than ten, though):

1. Credible violence

Facebook says it considers the language, context and details in order to distinguish casual statements from content that constitutes a credible threat to public or personal safety.

2. Dangerous individuals and organisations

Facebook does not allow any organizations or individuals that are engaged in terrorist, organized hate, mass or serial murder, human trafficking, organized violence or criminal activity.

3. Promoting or publicising crime

Facebook says it prohibit people from promoting or publicizing violent crime, theft, and/or fraud. It does not allow people to depict criminal activity or admit to crimes they or their associates have committed.

4. Coordinating harm

The social network says people can draw attention to harmful activity that they may witness or experience as long as they do not advocate for or coordinate harm.

5. Regulated goods

The site prohibits attempts topurchase, sell, or trade non-medical drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, and marijuana as well as firearms.

6. Suicide and self-injury

The rules for ‘credible violence’ apply for suicide and self-injury.

7. Child nudity and sexual exploitation of children

Facebook does not allow content that sexually exploits or endangers children. When it becomes aware of apparent child exploitation, we report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

8. Sexual exploitation of adults

The site removes images that depict incidents of sexual violence and intimate images shared without permission from the people pictured.

9. Bullying

Facebook removes content that purposefully targets private individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them.

10. Harassment

Facebook’s harassment policy applies to both public and private individuals.

It says that context and intent matter, and that the site will allow people to share and re-share posts if it is clear that something was shared in order to condemn or draw attention to harassment.

11. Privacy breaches and image privacy rights

Users should not post personal or confidential information about others without first getting their consent, says Facebook.

12. Hate speech

Facebook does not allow hate speech on Facebook because it says it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.

13. Graphic violence

Facebook will remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others.

It will, however, allow graphic content (with some limitations) to help people raise awareness about issues.

14. Adult nudity and sexual activity

The site restricts the display of nudity or sexual activity.

It will also default to removing sexual imagery to prevent the sharing of non-consensual or underage content.

15. Cruel and insensitive

Facebook says it has higher expectations for content that defined as cruel and insensitive.

It defines this as content that targets victims of serious physical or emotional harm.

16. Spam

Facebook is trying to prevent false advertising, fraud and security breaches.

It does not allow people to use misleading or inaccurate information to artificially collect likes, followers or shares.

17. Misrepresentation

Facebook will require people to connect on Facebook using the name that they go by in everyday life.

18. False news

Facebook says that there is also a fine line between false news and satire or opinion.

For these reasons, it won’t remove false news from Facebook, but, instead, significantly reduce its distribution by showing it lower in News Feed.

19. Memorialisation

Facebook will memorialise accounts of people who have died by adding “Remembering” above the name on the person’s profile.

The site will not remove, update or change anything about the profile or the account.

20. Intellectual property

Facebook users own all of the content and information that they post on Facebook, and have control over how it is shared through your privacy and application settings.

21. User requests

Facebook say they will comply with:

User requests for removal of their own account
Requests for removal of a deceased user’s account from a verified immediate family member or executor
Requests for removal of an incapacitated user’s account from an authorized representative
22. Additional protection of minors

Facebook complies with:

User requests for removal of an underage account
Government requests for removal of child abuse imagery depicting, for example:
Beating by an adult
Strangling or suffocating by an adult
Legal guardian requests for removal of attacks on unintentionally famous minors

What do you think? Too strict?
Too loose?
Or just about right?

There is a lot of room for abuse of number 18, especially if they’re getting the kind of pressure that activist groups like Mediaite tend to throw around.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker