Summary of Facebook’s Internal Community Standards

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Facebook’s Internal Community Standards summary


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After years of offering users only general guidelines for what content it does and doesn’t allow on the platform, Facebook released its internal community guidelines for the first time in April 2018. Users now will know what Facebook considers acceptable or not, how it defines concepts such as nudity and hate speech, and what actions it will take in response to different levels of violations. Because Facebook’s community standards define what users can expect from the platform, getAbstract considers them recommended reading for all users.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What values Facebook aims to practice via its community standards,
  • Which activities the platform forbids or encourages, and
  • Why Facebook’s enforcement can appear inconsistent with its stated goals.

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Facebook is an American online social media and social networking service with two billion users worldwide.



Facebook intends its community standards to encourage expression, keep users safe and treat its two billion users fairly. The company recognizes the necessity of distinguishing between harmful content and content that might appear similar but have a positive purpose. In the attempt to apply the standards globally, Facebook’s enforcement might sometimes appear inconsistent with the company’s aims. Hence, in some cases, Facebook will make a decision that accords with the “spirit, rather than the letter” of the standards.

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