About Our Policies
To see the full list and learn more about our policies, please review the Facebook Community Standards.
If you see something on Facebook that doesn't follow the Community Standards, please use the report links near the content.
Here are a few of the things that aren't allowed on Facebook:
- 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 profiles
The following behavior isn't allowed on Facebook:
- Posting things that don't follow the Facebook Community Standards (ex: threats, hate speech, graphic violence).
- Using Facebook to bully, impersonate or harass anyone.
- Abusing Facebook features (ex: sending friend requests to many people you don't know). Overusing features could make other people feel uncomfortable or unsafe. As a result, we have limits in place to limit the rate at which you can use features. Learn more about these limits.
To learn more about our policies, please review the Facebook Community Standards.
The purchase, sale or trade of firearms, ammunition and explosives between private individuals isn't allowed on Facebook. Please refer to this help center article for a list of items covered by this policy.
Firearm shops and online retailers are allowed to engage in commercial activity involving firearms and ammunition on Facebook (ex: offering a gun for sale) as long as all applicable laws and regulations are followed.
The purchase, sale or trade of firearms, ammunition and explosives between private individuals isn't allowed on Facebook. This includes:
- Machine guns
- Firearm receivers
- Antique guns
- Black powder firearms
- Muzzle-loading firearms
- BB guns
- Airsoft guns
- Air guns
- Air rifles
- Paintball markers
- Firearm replicas
- Non-functioning firearms
- Curios and relics
- Destructive devices such as bombs, grenades, rockets, missiles or mines
- Ammunition components, such as blanks, bullets, bullet tips, casings, gun powder, primers, and shotgun shells
We understand that some of these items may not be legally regulated everywhere people use Facebook. In order to enforce our policies as fairly and consistently as possible, we use one broad set of standards for the entire Facebook community.
Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're glad to know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies.
Please note that the photos we review are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other Facebook members who complain about them being shared on Facebook.
Yes. We agree that undergoing a mastectomy is a life-changing experience and that sharing photos can help raise awareness about breast cancer and support the men and women facing a diagnosis, undergoing treatment or living with the scars of cancer. The vast majority of these kinds of photos are compliant with our policies.
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.
We participate in the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shields for certain areas of our business, as described in our Privacy Shield Notice and in our certification with the United States Department of Commerce. As part of our participation in the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shields we'll resolve disputes regarding personal data covered by our certification through TRUSTe. If you have any additional questions about our compliance with the EU-U.S. or Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield, you can contact us.
Yes, we regularly consult with external groups on a range of issues, including content policy, safety, privacy and data security. For example, experts on domestic violence and cyber-stalking sit on our Safety Advisory Board, a group of leading global safety organizations. We're 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.
Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities. It's against the Facebook Community Standards to maintain more than one personal account.
If you want to represent your business, organization, brand or product on Facebook, you can use your personal account to create and manage a Page. Keep in mind that a personal profile is for non-commercial use and represents an individual person. Learn more about converting your profile to a Page.
If you're using your profile to represent something other than yourself, you can convert it to a Page. If you're a public figure, learn about allowing followers.
We don't allow joint accounts. Additionally, you can only create an account for one Facebook account per email.
Since each account belongs to one person, we require everyone to use their authentic name on their account. This way, you always know who you're connecting with. Learn more about our name policies.
No. Facebook is a free site and will never require that you pay to continue using the site.
You do, however, have the option to make purchases related to games, apps and other items. In addition, if you choose to use Facebook from your mobile phone, keep in mind that you'll be responsible for any fees associated with internet usage and/or text messaging as determined by your mobile carrier.
Learn more about using Facebook on your phone.
We're generally forbidden by privacy laws against giving unauthorized access to someone who isn't an account holder. We encourage parents to exercise any discretion they can on their own computers and in overseeing their kids' internet use. Please talk to your kids, educate them about internet safety and ask them to use our privacy settings and tools.
If you see an account for someone under the age of 13, please report it to us.
If your child is experiencing abuse on Facebook, we encourage you to ask them to log in to their account and report it.
For more information, please visit our Safety Center.