>> Facebook on Tuesday for the first time shared an 8,000 word rule book for how it polices and censors content on the platform. The community guidelines give far more detail than ever before on what is permitted on subjects ranging from drug use and sex work to bullying.>> There is certain content that clearly we do not allow, right?
Hate speech, terrorist content, nudity, anything that makes people feel unsafe in the community.>> A Facebook executive told reporters the company is making the document public to clear up confusion and be more transparent. Things marked for removal include images linked to cannibalism, content where user quote, admits to personal use of non-medical drugs, and cursing at a minor.
More seriously, the site has faced fierce criticism from governments and rights groups in many countries for failing to stem hate speech. In March, the United Nation said, messages on the site played a role in spreading anti-Muslim rhetoric in Myanmar, fueling violence and what has been described as ethnic cleansing.
>> I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast than what it was originally intended to be used. And maybe in other parts of the world too.>> The new policies also allow people to appeal a decision to take down content. The company says, the standards are constantly evolving.
Facebook has been in the eye of a storm over data privacy as well. Investors are eager to hear how Facebook plans to further address these recent controversies, when it reports quarterly results on Wednesday. The stock is down, ahead of that announcement.