Facebook recently released a new, more detailed outline of its Community Standards, explaining what it means when they say things like “no hate speech”. Facebook had enforced these community standards in a variety of ways, but they say they rely on its users (more than 1 billion) to report violations.
“People from different backgrounds may have different ideas about what’s appropriate to share—a video posted as a joke by one person might be upsetting to someone else, but it may not violate our standards.”
Since Facebook is a global network, its standards vary all over the world. Countries alert the social network when content may break local laws and Facebook then investigates and then restricts those posts. To protect themselves int he future they then update their Global Government Requests Report.
Their Community Standards page says:
“Our mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Every day, people come to Facebook to share their stories, see the world through the eyes of others and connect with friends and causes. The conversations that happen on Facebook reflect the diversity of a community of more than one billion people.
We want people to feel safe when using Facebook. For that reason, we’ve developed a set of Community Standards, outlined below. These policies will help you understand what type of sharing is allowed on Facebook, and what type of content may be reported to us and removed. Because of the diversity of our global community, please keep in mind that something that may be disagreeable or disturbing to you may not violate our Community Standards.”
To read their community standards in more (and new) detail check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/