Facebook is opening up about what it bans and why. The social network is also facing a slight increase in government requests for account data. Bobbi Rebell reports.
Facebook is clarifying its rules. Telling its users exactly what they can and cannot post. On the no list: Self-injury, dangerous organizations, bullying and harassment, criminal activity, sexual violence and exploitation. Its about time says Manhattan Venture Partners Max Wolff: SOUNDBITE: MAX WOLFF, MANAGING PARTNER AT MANHATTAN VENTURE PARTNERS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Historically Facebook removed things and it was kind of your fault if they removed it probably, and it was a long more or less fruitless effort to change this. You'd have to have a big movement, a lot of energy and a lot of time. What we've seen is them give a little more clarity. So for instance breast feeding is great and fine and allowed at all times and art is ok but pornography is not ok." The clarification comes as Facebook sees an increase in government requests for account data. It also disclosed information about content removal. Facebook said in the second half of 2014, it restricted close to 10,000 pieces of content for violating local laws- 11 percent more than in the first half of the year. It's not alone. Last year Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google began publishing details about the number of government requests for data that they receive. SOUNDBITE: MAX WOLFF, MANAGING PARTNER AT MANHATTAN VENTURE PARTNERS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "The bottom line is to some extent the big social media operators places like Google Facebook Twitter, they are all kind of the world's first trans- national private intelligence communities and all the real intelligence communities the government, police agencies now want access to their data. Good news for Facebook? A little bit less intrusion and interest from the U.S., UK, bad news is the developing world is waking up to the data trove, particularly India and so we've seen a surge in developing country requests for information. " Facebook says it challenges removal requests from governments that appear to be unreasonable or overly broad. And sometimes the social network restricts material only in the country where the content is an issue.