7. Child Nudity and Sexual Exploitation of Children

Policy Rationale

We do not allow content that sexually exploits or endangers children. When we become aware of apparent child exploitation, we report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), in compliance with applicable law. We know that sometimes people share nude images of their own children with good intentions; however, we generally remove these images because of the potential for abuse by others and to help avoid the possibility of other people reusing or misappropriating the images.

We also work with external experts, including the Facebook Safety Advisory Board, to discuss and improve our policies and enforcement around online safety issues, especially with regard to children.

Do not post:

Content that depicts participation in or advocates for the sexual exploitation of children, including (but not limited to):

  • Engaging in any sexual activity involving minors
  • Adults soliciting minors
  • Minors soliciting minors
  • Minors soliciting adults
  • Using our products and site functionality with the intention of sexualizing minors

Content that constitutes or facilitates inappropriate interactions with children, such as:

  • Initiating unsolicited contact with minors (for example, private messages between stranger adults and minors)
  • Soliciting, displaying, sharing, or viewing imagery of nude, sexualized, or sexual activity with minors
  • Arranging real-world sexual encounters or obtaining sexual material from a minor directly
  • Displaying nudity to minors
  • Inviting minors to any adult groups

Content (including photos, videos, real-world art, digital content, and text) that depicts:

  • Any sexual activity involving minors
  • Minors in a sexual fetish context
  • Minors with sexual elements, including (but not limited to):
    • Restraints
    • Focus on genitals
    • Presence of aroused adult
    • Presence of sex toys
    • Sexualized costume
    • Stripping
    • Staged environment (for example, on a bed) or professionally shot (quality/focus/angles)
    • Open-mouth kissing with minor or adult

Content (including photos, videos, real-world art, digital content, and verbal depictions) that shows minors in a sexualized context.

Content that depicts child nudity where nudity is defined as:

  • Visible genitalia (even when covered or obscured by transparent clothing)
  • Visible anus and/or a fully nude close-up of buttocks
  • Uncovered female nipples for children older than toddler-age
  • No clothes present from neck to knee for children older than toddler-age
  • Digitally-created depictions of nude minors, unless the image is for health or educational purposes