Facebook has received much criticism for "moralistic" rules, including publishing images showing too much skin. Earlier, images of breastfeeding has been removed, but this is now allowed according to Facebook's new Community Standards. However it will still be forbidden to publish photos of female breasts in most other contexts.
"We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring."
In the new guidelines, Facebook has an extended section on hate speech. It will ban hate speech, and also those supporting terrorist groups.
"Facebook removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks people based on their:
- National origin,
- Religious affiliation,
- Sexual orientation,
- Sex, gender, or gender identity, or
- Serious disabilities or diseases.
Organizations and people dedicated to promoting hatred against these protected groups are not allowed a presence on Facebook. As with all of our standards, we rely on our community to report this content to us."
The new extended section on hate speech comes after Facebook was threatened with boycott by the Turkish government, and its 77 Million potential Facebook users, for not censoring criticism of Islam. And Facebook bowed to the pressure.
Also it is no longer allowed to state that one has committed a crime. But you are allowed to express yourself if you believe that an illegal act should be made legal.
The new guidelines consist of about 2,500 words, and thus constitutes a text which is almost three times as long as the previous version, the BBC writes.
It is depressive reading for people who love freedom of speech and there is not much left to talk about on the site, except trivial stuff as weather, movies and the latest football game. At least if you want to avoid a ban.
Facebook has become a totalitarian control freak.
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