About Facebook's Security & Warning Systems

Facebook strives to maintain a safe, trusted environment where people can learn more about the people they know and meet in real life. Below, you'll find more information about our security systems and the core principles that we believe enable a positive experience for everyone on the site.

Our Policies

Here are a few of the things that aren't allowed on Facebook. To see the full list and learn more about our policies, please review our Community Standards:
  • Nudity or other sexually suggestive content
  • Hate speech, credible threats or direct attacks on an individual or group
  • Content that contains self-harm or excessive violence
  • Fake or impostor Timelines
  • Spam

If you see something on Facebook that violates the Facebook Terms, please log into your account from a computer and use the report links usually located next to the abusive content.

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The following behavior isn't allowed on Facebook:

  • Posting things that violate our Community Standards (ex: threats, hate speech, graphic violence).
  • Using Facebook to bully, impersonate or harass anyone.
  • Abusing Facebook features (ex: sending friend requests to a bunch of people you don't know). Overusing features could make other people feel uncomfortable or unsafe. As a result, we have limits in place to restrict the rate at which you can use features. Learn more about our limits.

To learn more about our policies, please review the Facebook Community Standards.

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Yes, we regularly consult with external groups on a range of issues including content policy, safety, privacy and data security. Experts on domestic violence and cyberstalking sit on our Safety Advisory Board, a group of five of the leading global safety organizations. We are in regular conversation with this group and others about our content policies, particularly as they relate to groups that have historically faced violence and discrimination.

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No, we remove content that violates our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. If we determine you've posted something that violates our terms, you may receive a warning or become disabled, depending on how severe the violation is.

To learn more about our policies, please review the Facebook Community Standards.

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No. The number of times something is reported doesn't determine whether or not it's removed from Facebook. We remove content that violates our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

To learn more about our policies, please review the Facebook Community Standards.

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We have limits in place to prevent abuse of our features and to protect people from spam and harassment. For example, if someone is sending out a bunch of messages to people they aren't friends with, they may be warned or temporarily blocked from sending messages.

Limits are based on different factors, like speed and quantity, but we can't provide additional details on the rate limits that are enforced.

If you're blocked from using a feature on Facebook, you can learn more about feature blocks.

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Content that attacks people based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease is not allowed. We do, however, allow clear attempts at humor or satire that might otherwise be considered a possible threat or attack. This includes content that many people may find to be in bad taste (ex: jokes, stand-up comedy, popular song lyrics, etc.).

For information about our policies please read the Facebook Community Standards.

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Best Practices for Using Facebook

Maintain an authentic personal account.

Facebook is a community where people share and interact using their real identities. When everyone uses their real name, you always know who you’re connecting with. This not only makes it easier for you to find who you're looking for, but it also helps keep our community safe. If you notice an account on Facebook that may be impersonating someone else or using a fake name, let us know.

If you're trying to create an account for a business, product, pet or public figure, create a Facebook Page.

Interact respectfully.

Because Facebook is a place where people should feel comfortable sharing and connecting, Facebook doesn’t allow behavior that may make people feel unsafe. You shouldn’t use the site to contact strangers through unsolicited messages, friend requests or other avenues. While some external applications might encourage this type of behavior, it’s against Facebook policy to contact others in ways that can be considered annoying or abusive.

In order to prevent your actions from being flagged as abusive, please be aware of the speed and nature of messages you send, friend requests you make, and comments and links you post on the site.

In addition, Facebook allows people to share things openly, but be mindful that certain types of content don't follow our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (ex: nudity, substance abuse, bullying).

Connect with people you know.

When you become friends with someone on Facebook, you're sharing your Timeline with them. It’s a good idea to think about who you let see your information. We don't notify people when you ignore a friend request, so you shouldn’t feel bad about declining requests from people you don’t really know.

Customize your privacy settings.

You can control how you share and who can share with you on Facebook. Learn more about your privacy options.

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