Here’s what Facebook says you can and can’t post.


Unless you worked closely with Facebook, you couldn’t access this information in such detail.

Until today.

Facebook has released a highly documented guide of acceptable and unacceptable practices for its social media platform.

Prior to today, Facebook offered the public a shorter, generalized outline of what was permissible while it maintained an internal, detailed version. This only served to create a fuzziness over what specifically was allowed and not allowed, creating apparent conflicts when one account’s post was acceptable but another account’s similar post was rejected.

With today’s more specific guidelines, much of the fuzziness has been sharpened a bit.

For example, in the past, Facebook said it would ban “hate speech,” and offer a general explanation of what that meant.

Today’s detailed community standards guideline offers more specificity.

“We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disability or disease.” the guidelines read. “We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity.”

The standards cover categories such as “Violence and Criminal Behavior,” “Objectionable Content” and “Integrity and Authenticity.”

That last category covers spam, misrepresentation of a person or group’s identity and false news posts.

You can view and download the detailed Facebook community standards here.

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