Facebook Nudity And Gore Bans Revealed

Facebook Nudity

Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 22/02/2012 09:57 Updated: 22/02/2012 11:06

Deep flesh wounds, excessive blood, crushed heads and limbs are ok to show on Facebook, as long as no insides are showing.

“Urine, faeces, vomit, semen and ear wax” are not, says a former Facebook staffer who has leaked his former employer's moderating guidelines to US site Gawker.

Amine Derkaoui, 21, from Morocco spilled the beans to Gawker, saying he was paid just $1 an hour.

The full list of Facebook abuse violations, according to Derkaoui, is listed below.

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"Blatant" depictions of "camel toes" and "moose knuckles" are banned, but art and cartoon nudity are just fine.

The Facebook violations policy meant that earlier this year in London, pictures were removed from a breastfeeding group's page showing young girls pretending to breastfeed their dolls.

Sharon Blackstone who posted the image on the Express Yourself Mums page told the North London Guardian she didn't understand how "little girls playing with dolls" can cause offence.

Facebook's rigid moderation has backfired in the past. The social network was forced to re-instate a breastfeeding group's page which had its page pulled after falling foul of the nudity clause that bans breastfeeding images.

A Facebook spokesperson responded to that case, saying: "The group was removed in error. It will be reinstated, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused."

In response to Derkaoui's claims, a Facebook spokesperson told Huffington Post via email: "In an effort to quickly and efficiently process the millions of reports we receive every day, we have found it helpful to contract third parties to provide precursory classification of a small proportion of reported content. These contractors are subject to rigorous quality controls and we have implemented several layers of safeguards to protect the data of those using our service. Additionally, no user information beyond the content in question and the source of the report is shared. We have, and will continue, to escalate the most serious reports internally, and all decisions made by contractors are subject to extensive audits.

“We are constantly improving our processes and review our contractors on an ongoing basis. This document provides a snapshot in time of our standards with regards to one of those contractors, for the most up to date information please visit www.facebook.com/communitystandards."

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