Facebook: violence and graphic content removal Q4 2017 - Q3 2019

This statistic shows the number of violent and graphic content removed by Facebook from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2019. During the most recently reported period, the social network deleted about 25.2 million pieces of violent and graphic content, up from 1.2 million in the first quarter of 2017. Facebook allows the sharing of graphic content that raises awareness on certain issues and hides this content with a warning. The statistic represents the amount of content acted on, including violent content covered with a warning.

Global number of violence and graphic content removed by Facebook from 4th quarter 2017 to 3rd quarter 2019

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

Q4 2017 to Q3 2019

Supplementary notes

According to Facebook, "We remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others. We do allow people to share some graphic content to raise awareness about current events and issues. In these cases, we may hide the content from people under 18 and cover it with a warning for those over 18, so that people are aware that it's graphic or violent before they choose to view it. Violent and graphic content on Facebook is often driven by offline events. For example, content actioned spiked in Q1 2019 as people shared graphic images and videos related to a series of tragic, real world events that took place in that quarter, such as the Tlahuelilpan pipeline explosion in Mexico. In Q2 and Q3 2019, there were fewer such events, leading to a decrease in content actioned."

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