Stevie Martin | Staff Writer | Monday, 16 March 2015

Facebook Is Banning Revenge Porn, \\\'Fully Exposed Buttocks,\\\' And More Things You Can\\\'t Do On Your Profile

Facebook Is Banning Revenge Porn, 'Fully Exposed Buttocks,' And More Things You Can't Do On Your Profile

The Debrief: Facebook has laid down the rules a little more explicitly, so here’s exactly what you can’t do on your profile

Twitter recently banned revenge porn, and now Facebook is the latest social meed (sorry) site to outlaw posting explicit images of another without their consent. Zuckerberg’s company relies on users to report revenge porn and images promoting sexual exploitation, rather than scanning user profiles after updating its user guidelines over the weekend. Some safety advisers are praising the move, but others are frustrated that they haven’t taken other steps: the chief executive of the Family Online Safety Institute pointed out that there’s nothing in place to stop young people being exposed to harmful videos. 

Its new and improved community standards guidelines contains further info on what it finds unacceptable, and is nearly 2,500 words long – so here’s a guide to what you can’t go around doing on Facebook willy nilly: 

Post naked pictures of your ex without their consent

As already mentioned, pictures will get taken down if users decide to partake in revenge porn. Only problem is, people have to report it and a SWAT team don’t automatically arrive at the perpetrator’s house and hit them over the head with a blunt object. But you can’t get everything you want. Either way, it’s good that Facebook have now explicitly come out against images published without people’s consent.

Post pictures of your arse

So according to Facebook, pics ‘focusing in on fully exposed buttocks’ are banned, as are ‘images of female breasts if they include the nipple’ (however, potentially in response to some of the widespread criticism they’ve had in the past, the guidelines now state that it will ‘always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring’). Full dong and vag still a no-no. A ball is still frowned upon, as is the complete set (two balls). Yes, even if you’ve drawn an amusing face on them and made it look like they’re talking to each other. 

Post sexually explicit statuses 

Sadly you can no longer write long statuses detailing what your boyfriend/girlfriend did to you the previous night without it being taken down. Such a shame. Love hearing about that stuff guys, but text-based description of sexual acts in ‘vivid detail’ are outlawed, sooooo…

Spread mean Photoshopped picture about that girl you can’t stand 

The bullying sections have been updated, so you can’t Photoshop horrible pictures of people and spread them around for other people to laugh at. Everyone who didn’t have social media at school is now shaking their heads with their eyes wide crying, ‘ISN’T BULLYING BAD ENOUGH? HOLY COW.’ Anyway, images altered to shame and ‘degrade’ the victim are now forbidden, and will be taken down if reported (please always report this). 

 Post a hate link without stating that you disagree with it 

If you find something shockingly awful, and want to raise awareness, the community standards guide now says that you have to make it clear you don’t agree with these views – otherwise it could be taken down. The same list of unacceptable hate speech still exists, and you can find it in the guidelines, but don’t just post something. You have to show that you're not spreading the hate, but trying to spread the love by making people aware of the hate. 

Talk about that time you did loads of illegal drugs

You’re not allowed to boast about a crime – whether it's robbing a house or smokin’ a doob – as it could get taken down, but you are allowed to talk about criminal activity you want legalised (FREE THE WEED etc). 

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