Facebook bans explicit content, sets new guidelines

11a6b06f-e66a-4c8f-baaa-a358c341fae5mediumresFacebook is probably the biggest and smartest universal communication programme with nearly 1.4 billion users worldwide. The users post and upload just about everything they want. But now the company has set certain guidelines for the users.

On March 16, 2015, Facebook has created a new rule book that advises the user the kind of content they can’t use or upload on the website. It said that the “revised community standards” will offer more guidance to the users about the acceptable content on its social networking website.

This includes threating people with financial, physical and mental harm. Or posting something with an intention to degrade or shame them; anything which encourages suicide, sexual violence and exploitation.

Additionally, Facebook has also banned images of people displaying genitals and buttocks. But photos of sculptures, paintings or any other art that describes nudity are always allowed.

Terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda and ISIS have already been banned from the service. But praising or supporting any violent or criminal crime will also be banned, the new rule says.

“Billions of pieces of contents are shared on Facebook each day. These standards are designed to create an environment where people feel secured and motivated to treat each other with empathy and respect,” says Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management.

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