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Facebook updated Community Standards

Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms. Users can exchange thoughts and ideas through words, photos and video. At times, however, status updates can offend other users. In an attempt to improve the user's experience, Facebook has updated its Community Standards.

The new standards affirm the site's ban on nudity. The site explicitly expressed that revenge pornography and posts that promote sexual violence are strictly prohibited. However, there are some exceptions to the rule. For example, artistic nudity is allowed. Pictures that display breastfeeding or mastectomies will not be prohibited from Facebook.

In addition to a ban on nudity, there is also a ban on hate speech. Anything that may incite violent, hateful or criminal behavior is prohibited from Facebook. This includes threats of physical or financial harm that could be deemed cyber bullying. As with most rules, there is also an exception. Here, the exception to hate speech is the case of individuals or organizations that use examples of hate speech as a part of an awareness campaign. However, it must be clear of the goal of the negative material is not to promote hateful behavior.

The major issue for Facebook now lies in the implementation of the new Community Standards. In some countries, a particular type of post may be illegal or deemed offensive due to cultural or legal standards in that nation. The company must determine how to navigate these issues when a country requests the take down of information that it has deemed inappropriate on Facebook.

Source: ABA Journal, "Revised Facebook rules allow artistic nudity and authentic identity; nix revenge porn," Martha Neil, March 16, 2015

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