Abusive Facebook Groups Appear To Violate Terms Of Service

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(WHNT) - We've received several complaints over the past few weeks about abusive Facebook pages.

We want to take a minute to be open and honest with you.  We don't want to tell you which pages are generating the complaints, because we don't want to give exposure to pages that could hurt others through bullying and rumor mongering.  These pages feed off attention, and we won't further that kind of ugliness.

But we did want to clear up exactly what Facebook's policy is toward abusive posts.

Facebook actually has a pretty well-defined set of rules about what you can and can't say.

In their Terms of Service - under Section 3, called "Safety", Item 6 says, "You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user."

Similar concerns follow-up immediately after.

Section 3, Item 7 says, "You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence."

Unless you want to get kicked off Zuckerberg's playground, you can't be using it to harass and bully.

But what about pages set up specifically for others to vent and, perhaps, bully?

They violate the terms in their own way.  Section 3, Item 12 says, "You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this statement or our policies."

And as for what happens to content that violates the terms, Section 5, Item 2 lays that out cleanly, "We can remove any content or information you post on Facebook if we believe that it violates this statement or our policies."