Facebook bans people from discussing sexual preferences and positions

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Facebook has banned people from saying if they’re a top or bottom, with the new community standards preventing the discussion of “sexual positions.”

The social media giant rolled out a new content policy in October putting in place tough new rules on what the site describes as “sexual solicitation.”

The policy seeks to tackle content that “facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults” and bars “sexually explicit language that may lead to solicitation.”

Facebook’s community standards bans posts about “sex positions,” “sexual preference” and many other topics involving “sexual hints.”

The list of banned content includes “sexual hints such as mention of sexual roles, positions or fetish scenarios,” meaning it is technically no longer permitted for users to say if they are a top or a bottom.

Users should also steer clear of saying “send nudes” on the platform, as the new rules explicitly ban “offering or asking for nude images.”

Facebook’s community standards says: “Do not post content that engages in implicit sexual solicitation, which can be identified by… using sexual hints such as mentioning sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, sexual preference/sexual partner preference, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), commonly sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks, state of hygiene of genitalia or buttocks.”

The site also warns that references to “commonly sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks” could also be interpreted as solicitation, as well as discussion of “sexual preference/sexual partner preference.”

Facebook’s new policies were branded ‘puritanical f**kery’

The new policies were strongly criticised online, with a viral Twitter thread deriding the changes as “puritanical f**kery.”

One user wrote: “Facebook’s updated community standards are f**king WILD! Stating your sexual orientation is now literally against the rules and is seen as solicitation. Also butts are not ok anymore either. F**k this so much. Everything about it.”

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