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Following Tumblr, Facebook has become Puritan. The social network banned any hints of sex 

Even such as “I want to have fun tonight.”

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Facebook community rules have changed the section on sexual harassment. Now it says that Facebook can be used to discuss the problem of harassment and sexual violence, but not for “prompting sexual contact between adults.”

In the reference article, fully translated into Russian, there is a complete list of things that now can not be published on the platform. Among them:

  • Recruitment announcements for “filming sexual acts, pornography, erotic dances or massage”;
  • Requests to join chat rooms with sexual overtones;
  • Requests to send an image of a sexual nature (phrases such as send nudes and di-pics are suitable for this);
  • Offers sex.

Even implicit hints on sexual themes are forbidden. For example:

  • General statements like “I want to have fun tonight“;
  • “Sexually provocative slang” (examples not shown);
  • “Mention of sexual roles, postures, fetish scenarios, sexual preferences, states of arousal, sexual intercourse or sexual acts (for example, sexual penetration or self-satisfaction), sexualized parts of the body (for example, breasts, groin, buttocks), and hygiene of the genitals or buttocks;
  • Images of intercourse, even if they were hand-drawn.

The rules do not specify whether it is about the content of personal correspondence or only about publicly available content – what is published in user profiles and on the pages of communities. However, in a conversation with The Verge, representatives of the social network clarified some controversial points:

  • We are talking about both personal and public Facebook pages and Messenger chat rooms;
  • The content that users will complain about will be moderated – if no one complains, they will not delete content;
  • It is prohibited both sex-abuses and harassment, but Facebook said that not all moderators feel the difference. For example, an Abuse is a message or a post called “My Ex Real Slut. Look, what pictures she sent me “(with attachments), and harassment is” We are looking for swingers. On Friday at 8 pm, [bar name]. Come in pink “;
  • Describing sexual preferences is not prohibited unless the message provokes sex. For example, the phrase “I am gay” does not violate the norms of the community, but the phrase “I am natural and looking for a girl who will lick me. Call ”- violates.

On December 3, the Tumblr blog platform, popular in the West, banned the publication of porn content, but the reasons for this decision were different, especially since Facebook had banned such content for a long time.

One of the reasons why Facebook could thus change the rules may be a lawsuitto the social network for allegedly aiding sex trafficking – selling and renting people for sex and for performing various sexual services like private dances. The media warned that the FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) law, signed by Trump in April just to combat sex trafficking on the Internet, could be turned towards online censorship. Operations Director Sheryl Sandberg, who supported FOSTA on behalf of the company, denied such arguments and stated that he would not create problems for Internet companies.

At the same time in August, Facebook began testing its own dating service, working in close conjunction with the functionality of the social network. Facebook itself originated from an experiment by Mark Zuckerberg, launched in 2003 at Harvard’s dormitory, known as FaceMash, a site where it was proposed to compare which of two randomly selected female students is more sexy based on photos from the university base. Zuckerberg was remembered for this project in April 2018 during interrogation in Congress: then the head of the company said that it was a prank not related to Facebook.

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