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Facebook Updates Community Rules
By: Jessica Cherok
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If you wanted to show your private bits on Facebook, you’re now going to have a harder time. The social media giant has made some major updates to its Community Standards, including what is — and isn’t — tasteful nudity.

The Community Standards page covers things like nudity, bullying, harassment, and hate speech.

According to Facebook, “We want people to feel safe when using Facebook. For that reason, we've developed a set of Community Standards, outlined below. These policies will help you understand what type of sharing is allowed on Facebook, and what type of content may be reported to us and removed. Because of the diversity of our global community, please keep in mind that something that may be disagreeable or disturbing to you may not violate our Community Standards.”

The update page includes four sections, with several subsections:
  1. Keeping you safe
  2. Encouraging respectful behavior
  3. Keeping your account and personal information safe
  4. Protecting your intellectual property
In the second section, Encouraging respectful behavior, is where Facebook clarifies what is and isn’t okay for nudity on the site. The nudity restrictions are, “We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures.”

The page also includes instructions for reporting violations of the community standards, as well as reiterates Facebook’s commitment to maintaining a safe place for everyone.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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