Facebook: sexual content removal Q4 2017 - Q3 2019

This statistic shows the number of sexual and nudity-related content items that Facebook took action on from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2019. In the most recently reported period, the social network removed about 30.3 million pieces of content that displayed sexual imagery, down from 34.9 million pieces in the second quarter of 2018.

Global number of sexual and nudity-related content items removed by Facebook from 4th quarter 2017 to 3rd quarter 2019

Number of content items taken action on in millions
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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

Q4 2017 to Q3 2019

Supplementary notes

According to Facebook, " We restrict the display of nudity and sexual activity on Facebook. We make some exceptions when it is clear that the content is being shared in the context of a protest, for educational or medical reasons, or a similar reason. On the other hand, we default to removing sexual imagery to prevent non-consensual or underage content from being shared. This report does not include metrics related to our separate policy on the promotion of sexual assault, violence or exploitation."

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