Why Facebook Is Deleting Your Photos

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Why Facebook Is Deleting Your Photos


Facebook’s content guidelines emphasise that inappropriate pictures uploaded by users will be deleted, but the guidelines for what will be removed aren’t especially clear. Leaked documents used by Facebook moderators highlight obvious candidates for deletion (such as sexual activity) and also some you might not guess at (such as pictures of people that have been Photoshopped).

Gawker accessed a copy of Facebook’s guidelines from a disgruntled former employee. Amongst the types of images that will be deleted if they are reported to Facebook moderators:

  • Any images which have been Photoshopped
  • Sex toys being used in sex acts (but not necessarily photographed as still lifes)
  • Nude breastfeeding
  • Pictures of drunk people
  • Pictures of sleeping people whose faces have been drawn on)
  • Self-harm and self-mutilation
  • Sexual activity
  • Anyone going to the toilet

The document is constantly updated, so policies are likely to change over time. But knowing the rules can save you needless angst (or at least time wasted uploading photos that might be removed).

Inside Facebook’s Outsourced Anti-Porn and Gore Brigade, Where ‘Camel Toes’ are More Offensive Than ‘Crushed Heads’ [Gawker]

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