What types of things aren't allowed on Facebook?
To see the full list and learn more about our policies, please review the Facebook Community Standards.
If you see something on Facebook that doesn't follow the Community Standards, please use the report links near the content.
Here are a few of the things that aren't allowed on Facebook:
- Nudity or other sexually suggestive content
- Hate speech, credible threats or direct attacks on an individual or group
- Content that contains self-harm or excessive violence
- Fake or impostor profiles
What types of behavior does Facebook identify as abusive?
The following behavior isn't allowed on Facebook:
- Posting things that don't follow the Facebook Community Standards (ex: threats, hate speech, graphic violence).
- Using Facebook to bully, impersonate or harass anyone.
- Abusing Facebook features (ex: sending friend requests to many people you don't know). Overusing features could make other people feel uncomfortable or unsafe. As a result, we have limits in place to limit the rate at which you can use features. Learn more about these limits.
Does Facebook consult with any external groups to inform its policies?
Yes, we regularly consult with external groups on a range of issues, including content policy, safety, privacy and data security. Experts on domestic violence and cyber-stalking sit on our Safety Advisory Board, a group of leading global safety organizations. We're in regular conversation with this group and others about our content policies, particularly as they relate to groups that have historically faced violence and discrimination.
What happens when I report something to Facebook? Does the person I report get notified?
When something gets reported to Facebook, we'll review it and remove anything that doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards. Your name and other personal information will be kept completely confidential if we reach out to the person responsible.
Please keep in mind that reporting something to Facebook doesn't guarantee that it will be removed. You may see something you don't like on Facebook that doesn't violate the Facebook Terms.
Why does Facebook limit the use of certain features and what are the limits?
We have limits in place to prevent abuse of our features and to protect people from spam and harassment. For example, if someone is sending out a bunch of messages to people they aren't friends with, they may be warned or temporarily blocked from sending messages.
Limits are based on different factors, like speed and quantity, but we can't provide additional details on the rate limits that are enforced.
If you're blocked from using a feature on Facebook, you can learn more about feature blocks.