Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Facebook specifies new guidelines for images and posts

Facebook has categorised "fully exposed buttocks" and "images of female breasts if they include the nipple" under a list of banned posts in their revamped community standards section. Facebook said that the new guidelines were aimed at bringing "clarity" over what can and cannot be posted on the website, reported The Verge.
The social media platform however, added that some nudity was permissible "for artistic purposes."
While explaining that its policies could "sometimes be more blunt than we would like," Facebook said that although some nudity may be for a campaign or artistic purpose, some users in different parts of the world may be sensitive to this type of content.
The social media giant added that the restrictions on the display of both nudity and sexual activity also applied to digitally created content unless the content is posted for educational, humorous or satirical purposes. Explicit images of sexual intercourse and verbal descriptions of sexual acts that go into vivid detail are prohibited, it said.
The new guidelines will also not allow any organisation to have a presence on the site if they engage in terrorist activity, organised crime, or promoting hate against others. The website also said that it will also remove content expressing support for any groups involved in such behaviour. These restrictions came in the wake of increased social media activity from terror networks such as the Islamic State (IS).
Other banned posts included direct threats, self-injury, dangerous organisations, bullying and harassment, attacks on public figures, sexual violence and exploitation.