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Tier 1 focuses on entities that engage in serious offline harms – including organizing or advocating for violence against civilians, repeatedly dehumanizing or advocating for harm against people based on protected characteristics, or engaging in systematic criminal operations. Tier 1 entities include terrorist, hate, and criminal organizations. We remove praise, substantive support, and representation of Tier 1 entities as well as their leaders, founders, or prominent members. Tier 1 includes hate organizations; criminal organizations, including those designated by the United States government as Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpins (SDNTKs); and terrorist organizations, including entities and individuals designated by the United States government as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) or Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs). We remove praise, substantive support, and representation of Tier 1 entities as well as their leaders, founders, or prominent members. 

Tier 1: Terrorism, organized hate, large-scale criminal activity, attempted multiple-victim violence, multiple victim violence, multiple murders, and violating violent events

We do not allow individuals or organizations involved in organized crime, including those designated by the United States government as specially designated narcotics trafficking kingpins (SDNTKs); hate; or terrorism, including entities designated by the United States government as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) or Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), to have a presence onthe platform. We also don’t allow other people to represent these entities. We do not allow leaders or prominent members of these organizations to have a presence on the platform, symbols that represent them to be used on the platform, or content that praises them or their acts. In addition, we remove any coordination of substantive support for these individuals and organizations.

We do not allow content that praises, substantively supports, or represents events that Meta designates as terrorist attacks, hate events, multiple-victim violence or attempted multiple-victim violence, serial murders, hate crimes or violating violent events.

We also do not allow Praise, Substantive Support, or Representation of designated hateful ideologies. 

Terrorist organizations and individuals, defined as a non-state actor that:

  • Engages in, advocates, or lends substantial support to purposive and planned acts of violence,
  • Which causes or attempts to cause death, injury or serious harm to civilians, or any other person not taking direct part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, and/or significant damage to property linked to death, serious injury or serious harm to civilians
  • With the intent to coerce, intimidate and/or influence a civilian population, government, or international organization
  • In order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.

Hate Organizations, defined as an association of three or more people that:

  • is organized under a name, sign, or symbol; and 
  • has an ideology, statements, or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, or serious disease.

Criminal Organizations, defined as an association of three or more people that:

  • is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia; and
  • has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity such as homicide, drug trafficking, or kidnapping. 

Multiple-Victim Violence and Multiple Murders 

  • We consider an event to be multiple-victim violence or attempted multiple-victim violence if it results in three or more casualties in one incident, defined as deaths or serious injuries. Any Individual who has committed such an attack is considered to be a perpetrator or an attempted perpetrator of multiple-victim violence.
  • We consider any individual who has committed two or more murders over multiple incidents or locations a multiple murderer.

Hateful Ideologies

  • While our designations of organizations and individuals focus on behavior, we also recognize that there are certain ideologies and beliefs that are inherently tied to violence and attempts to organize people around calls for violence or exclusion of others based on their protected characteristics. In these cases, we designate the ideology itself and remove content that supports this ideology from our platform. These ideologies include: 
    • Nazism
    • White Supremacy
    • White Nationalism
    • White Separatism
  • We remove explicit Praise, Substantive Support, and Representation of these ideologies, and remove individuals and organizations that ascribe to one or more of these hateful ideologies. 

Tier 2: Violent Non-State Actors

Organizations and individuals designated by Meta as Violent Non-state Actors are not allowed to have a presence on Facebook, or have a presence maintained by others on their behalf. As these groups are actively engaged in violence, substantive support of these entities is similarly not allowed. We will also remove praise of violence carried out by these entities. 

Violent Non-State Actors, defined as any non-state actor that:

  • engages in purposive and planned acts of violence primarily against a government military or other armed groups; and
  • that causes or attempts to 
    • cause death to persons taking direct part in hostilities in an armed conflict, and/or
    • deprive communities of access to vital infrastructure and natural resources, and/or bring significant damage to property, linked to death, serious injury or serious harm to civilians 

Tier 3: Militarized Social Movements, Violence-Inducing Conspiracy Networks, and Hate Banned Entities

Pages, Groups, Events, and Profiles or other Facebook entities that are – or claim to be – maintained by, or on behalf of, Militarized Social Movements and Violence-Inducing Conspiracy Networks are prohibited. Admins of these pages, groups and events will also be removed.

Click here to read more about how we address movements and organizations tied to violence.

We do not allow Representation of Organizations and individuals designated by Meta as Hate-Banned Entities. 

Militarized Social Movements (MSMs), which include:

  • Militia Groups, defined as non-state actors that use weapons as a part of their training, communication, or presence; and are structured or operate as unofficial military or security forces and: 
    • Coordinate in preparation for violence or civil war; or
    • Distribute information about the tactical use of weapons for combat; or
    • Coordinate militarized tactical coordination in a present or future armed civil conflict or civil war.
  • Groups supporting violent acts amid protests, defined as non-State actors that repeatedly: 
    • Coordinate, promote, admit to or engage in:
    • Acts of street violence against civilians or law enforcement; or
    • Arson, Looting, or other destruction of property; or
    • Threaten to violently disrupt an election process; or
    • Promote bringing weapons to a location when the stated intent is to intimidate people amid a protest.

Violence-Inducing Conspiracy Networks (VICNs), defined as a Non-State Actor that: 

  • Organizes under a name, sign, mission statement, or symbol; and
  • Promote theories that attribute violent or dehumanizing behavior to people or organizations that have been debunked by credible sources; and
  • Has inspired multiple incidents of real-world violence by adherents motivated by the desire to draw attention to or redress the supposed harms promoted by these debunked theories. 

Hate-Banned Entities, defined as entities that engage in repeated hateful conduct or rhetoric, but do not rise to the level of a Tier 1 entity because they have not engaged in or explicitly advocated for violence, or because they lack sufficient connections to previously designated organizations or figures.