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Facebook: suicide and self-injury content removal Q2 2019 - Q4 2020

In the most recently reported quarter, Facebook took action on 2.5 million pieces of content that went against their community standards on encouraging suicide or self-injury, up from 1.3 million pieces of content in the preceding quarter. Facebook has updated its policies around self-harm to no longer allow certain graphic self-harm images, prohibiting additional content that may promote eating disorders and display a sensitivity screen over healed self-harm cuts to help avoid unintentionally promoting self-harm.

Global number of content encouraging suicide or self-injury removed by Facebook from 2nd quarter 2019 to 4th quarter 2020

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Release date

November 2020



Survey time period

Q2 2019 to Q4 2020

Supplementary notes

According to Facebook, " We remove content that encourages suicide or self-injury. Self-injury is defined as the intentional and direct injuring of the body, including self-mutilation and eating disorders. We also remove content that identifies and negatively targets victims or survivors of self-injury or suicide. We do allow people to discuss suicide and self-injury, because we want Facebook to be a space where people can raise awareness about these issues and seek support."

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