When Will Facebook Get it Right?

Facebook Community Standards

Facebook gives people around the world the power to publish their own stories, see the world through the eyes of many other people, and connect and share wherever they go. The conversation that happens on Facebook –and the opinions expressed here – mirror the diversity of the people using Facebook.

To balance the needs and interests of a global population, Facebook protects expression that meets the community standards outlined on this page.

Please review these standards. They will help you understand what type of expression is acceptable, and what type of content may be reported and removed.

Violence and Threats
Safety is Facebook’s top priority. We remove content and may escalate to law enforcement when we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm,or a direct threat to public safety. You may not credibly threaten others, or organize acts of real-world violence. Organizations with a record of terrorist or violent criminal activity are not allowed to maintain a presence on our site. We also prohibit promoting, planning or celebrating any of your actions if they have, or could, result in financial harm to others, including theft and vandalism.

Facebook takes threats of self-harm very seriously. We remove any promotion or encouragement of self-mutilation, eating disorders or hard drug abuse. We also work with suicide prevention agencies around the world to provide assistance for people in distress.

Bullying and Harassment
Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted friend requests or messages is a form of harassment.

Hate Speech
Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas,institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex,gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.

Graphic Content
Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences and raise awareness about issues important to them. Sometimes,those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. In many instances, when people share this type of content, it is to condemn it.However, graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site.

When people share any content, we expect that they will share in a responsible manner. That includes choosing carefully the audience for the content. For graphic videos, people should warn their audience about the nature of the content in the video so that their audience can make an informed choice about whether to watch it.

Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.

Identity and Privacy
On Facebook people connect using their real names and identities. We ask that you refrain from publishing the personal information of others without their consent. Claiming to be another person, creating a false presence for an organization, or creating multiple accounts undermines community and violates Facebook’s terms.

Intellectual Property
Before sharing content on Facebook, please be sure you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights.

Regulated Goods
It is not permitted to complete transactions involving regulated goods on our platform. If you post an offer involving firearms, alcohol,tobacco, or adult products, we expect you to make sure you’re following all applicable laws and consider carefully the audience for that content. If you are using a Page to connect with your customers and other audiences, you need to abide by our Pages Terms.

Phishing and Spam
We take the safety of our members seriously and work to prevent attempts to compromise their privacy or security. We also ask that you respect our members by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.

We take the safety of our members seriously and work to prevent attempts to compromise their privacy or security, including those that use fraud or deception. Additionally, we ask that you respect our members by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.

Reporting Abuse
If you see something on Facebook that you believe violates our terms, you should report it to us. Please keep in mind that reporting a piece of content does not guarantee that it will be removed from the site.
Because of the diversity of our community, it’s possible that something could be disagreeable or disturbing to you without meeting the criteria for being removed or blocked. For this reason, we also offer personal controls over what you see, such as the ability to hide or quietly cut ties with people, Pages, or applications that offend you.

There is no rhyme or reason to the algorithms Facebook uses to judge these reports. Rarely does a real human look at them and some people have become so expert at these reports that they know how to fool the algorithms. The first few times something is reported and removed, you get off with a warning. After that they start giving you bans. First you get 12 hours a few times, then they go to 24 hours, then 3 days and then you get 30 days. That would be understandable if all the things you posted actually violated the community standards, but if someone is out to specifically target you and they and a few of their friends go on a reporting frenzy, you can get banned for things that obviously do not violate the community standards, but because of so many reports the algorithms are fooled.
Let’s look at an example of what I am talking about:
The page this is all happening on is called “Ask Cornelius; When Cyber-Criminals Attack.” It is a question and answer page for those who have been victims of Cyber-Crimes. So, Good ol’ Bob sends the page a question (PS Bob is not a real person, just another fake profile).
How is this for a set-up? I respond to the question and I get this (please note that there is no sexual content in my response):
Then they brag… The person running the JLO page is the same person behind Bob Henry.
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There was no nudity! Just the question posted in “Posts by others” and my response, which was very simple. Did a HUMAN LOOK AT THIS? NO! So, I got miffed…
I know! I should not have reacted!
This is my statement that they claim is harassing…
I am not big on reporting things… but, I figured “turn around is fair play,” so I reported the post by Bob in my “Post by others.”
This is what I get in response…
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