III.2. Objectionable and violent content

Policy Rationale

We aim to build a safe and friendly community, so we will remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others because it may create an environment that discourages participation.

However, in some cases we allow objectionable content (with some limitations) to help people raise awareness about issues as we know that people value the ability to discuss important issues like human rights abuses or terrorist acts. We add a warning label to especially objectionable or violent content so that it is not available to people under the age of eighteen and so that people are aware of the objectionable or violent nature before they click to see it.

Do not post:

Videos of dying, wounded, or dead people if they contain:

  • Dismemberment unless in a medical setting;
  • Visible internal organs;
  • Charred or burning people;
  • Victims of cannibalism.

Imagery of violence committed against real people or animals with comments or captions by the poster that contain:

  • Enjoyment of suffering;
  • Enjoyment of humiliation;
  • Erotic response to suffering;
  • Remarks that express positively of the violence; or;
  • Remarks indicating the poster is sharing footage for sensational viewing pleasure.

Videos or photos that depict child abuse, defined as:

  • Repeated kicking, beating, slapping, or stepping on by an adult or animal;
  • Strangling or suffocating by an adult or animal;
  • Drowning by an adult or animal;
  • Biting through skin by an adult or animal;
  • Poisoning by an adult;
  • Forcible restraint by an adult;
  • Inflicting of burn or intentional injured by an adult;
  • Forcible smoking;
  • Tossing, rotating, or shaking of an infant (too young to stand) by their wrists/ankles, arms/legs, or neck.

For the following content, we include a warning screen so that people are aware that the content may be disturbing. We also limit the ability to view the content to adults, ages eighteen and older:

Imagery contains the following in a medical setting:

  • Dismemberment;
  • Visible internal organs;
  • Charred or burning people;
  • Victims of cannibalism;
  • Throat-slitting.

The videos, images, actions are a form of expressing political views or worth reporting.

Photos of wounded or dead people if they show:

  • Dismemberment;
  • Visible internal organs;
  • Charred or burning people;
  • Victims of cannibalism;
  • Throat-slitting.

Imagery featuring animals that shows:

  • Dismemberment;
  • Visible internal organs;
  • Charred or burning animals;

Animal abuse videos, contains one of the following:

  • Repeated kicking or beating of an animal by a person;
  • Acts of torture committed against animals by a person;
  • Biting of an animal for abusive purposes;
  • Animals constantly attack each other;
  • Animals being killed or showing animal mutilation in a hunting, manufacturing, or food preparation/processing context.

The video or image shows child abuse, as defined above, when accompanied by captions or in the context of condemning or raising awareness of the abuse.

Videos that show the violent death of a person or people by accident or murder.

Still images depicting the violent death of a person or people.

Videos that show acts of torture committed against a person or people.

Videos of physical bullying or violence against minors in a fight context shared with a condemning caption.

Photos and videos of non-medical foreign objects (such as metal objects, knives, nails) involuntarily inserted or stuck inside people or animals causing grievous injury.

Video of people being charred or burned in the context of cremation.

For the following content, we include a label so that people are aware that the content may be sensitive:

Imagery of fetuses that show:

  • Dismemberment;
  • An abortion or abandonment context;
  • Imagery of newborn babies in an abandonment context;

Photos and videos of animals in a ritual slaughter context showing dismemberment, or visible innards, or charring and burning.

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