13. Violent and Graphic Content

Policy Rationale

We remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others because it may create an environment that discourages participation. We allow graphic content (with some limitations) to help people raise awareness about issues. We know that people value the ability to discuss important issues like human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. We also know that people have different sensitivities with regard to graphic and violent content. For that reason, we add a warning label to especially graphic or violent content so that it is not available to people under the age of eighteen and so that people are aware of the graphic 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; partially decomposed bodies
  • Charred or burning people unless in the context of cremation or self-immolation when that action is a form of political speech or newsworthy
  • Victims of cannibalism
  • Throat-slitting

Live streams of capital punishment of a person

Videos or photos that depict non-sexual 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 the skin by an adult or animal
  • Poisoning by an adult
  • Forcible restraint by an adult
  • Inflicting of burn or cut wounds by an adult
  • Forcible smoking
  • Tossing, rotating, or shaking of an infant (too young to stand) by their wrists/ankles, arms/legs, or neck

Imagery featuring mutilated people if it contains the following in a medical setting :

  • DismembermentVisible internal organs; partially decomposed bodies
  • Charred or burning people, including cremation or self-immolation when that action is a form of political speech or newsworthy
  • Victims of cannibalism
  • Throat-slitting

Photos of wounded or dead people if they show:

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

The following content involving animals:

  • Videos depicting humans killing animals if there is no explicit food consumption, preparation, processing or manufacturing, or hunting context
  • Imagery of animal to animal fights, when there are visible innards or dismemberment of the non-regenerating body, unless in the wild
  • Imagery of humans committing acts of torture or abuse against live animals

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

Imagery that shows capital punishment of a person

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

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

Imagery of non-medical foreign objects (such as metal objects, knives, nails) involuntarily inserted or stuck into people causing grievous injury

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

Imagery of visible innards in a birthing context

Imagery of non-medical foreign objects voluntarily inserted into people through skin in religious or cultural context