Itâ€™s not just inciting violence, threats and hate speech that will get Facebook to remove posts by you or your least favorite troll. Endangering someone financially, not just physically, or tricking them to earn a profit are now also strictly prohibited.
Facebook today spelled out its policy with more clarity in hopes of establishing a transparent set of rules it can point to when it enforces its policy in the future. That comes after cloudy rules led to waffling decisions and backlash as it dealt with and finally removed four Pages associated with Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
The company started by repeatedly stressing that it is not a government â€” likely to indicate it does not have to abide by the same First Amendment rules.
â€œWe do not, for example, allow content that could physically or financially endanger people, that intimidates people through hateful language, or that aims to profit by tricking people using Facebook,â€� its VP of policy Richard Allen published today.
Web searches show this is the first time Facebook has used that language regarding financial attacks. Weâ€™ve reached out for comment about exactly how new Facebook considers this policy.